On October 5th, detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a series of attempted kidnapping cases—including two additional victims that have come forward since the initial news release.
- On August 29th around 5:30 pm, the suspect twice approached a 14-year-old boy working in his front yard on the 2200 block of Jefferson Avenue and attempted to shake his hand.
- On August 29th around 6 pm, the suspect approached a 13-year-old girl walking in the area of Allston Way and McKinley Avenue.
- On September 14th around 6:10 pm, the suspect approached a 15-year-old boy in the area of Allston Way and Grant Street and attempted to entice him toward her vehicle.
- On September 20th around 5:30 pm, the suspect approached a 12-year-old boy riding his scooter in the area of Sacramento Street and Addison Street.
Thanks to information from an alert witness, detectives were able to determine the suspect’s identity. On September 30th, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for attempted kidnapping and three counts of annoying/molesting a child.
On the morning of October 5th, detectives arrested (a 36-year-old Berkeley woman) the suspect driving in the area of North Berkeley BART station.
We are grateful for all of the tips from the community and thankful for the community’s continued support.