Woman Robbed, Sexually Assaulted Near Lake Merritt

OAKLAND (BCN) — Oakland police issued a community alert Thursday for an incident on Tuesday night in which a woman was robbed and sexually assaulted in the Lake Merritt area.

Police said the woman was targeted as she came home Tuesday.

Police described the suspect as a black man in his 20s who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall. They said anyone with information about the incident should call (510) 238-3641.

Police said that as a safety reminder, the public should always be aware of their surroundings and shouldn’t be distracted by cell phones and electronic devices.

Residents and visitors should also stay in well-lit and populated areas, and be especially alert when entering and exiting their vehicles, police said.

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  1. Left the Bay Area says:

    Everyone in Oakland: Be on the lookout for a black man in his 20’s, around 5’8″. Call police immediately if you see him.

    1. t cao says:

      it is too bad that a 5’8″ black man decided to RAPE a woman, isn’t it? If that is the decription of the person, then it would be a huge disservice to omit that.

  2. anthony cuccia jr says:

    No GUN? guess your ok with just surviving the attack,

  3. Dan says:

    Yeah, good thing she wasnt a law-abiding citizen trained to carry a firearm able to defend herself. According to police, that would have been worse.

  4. l0ungeb0y says:

    Call me cold and callous, but I’m getting to the point where I think that if you chose to live in the greater Oakland/Richmond area you deserve what you get.

    I’m, sorry, I know it’s not a positive thing to say, but it’s how I feel. You know the risks moving in, so I think if you choose to live there, you should fully expect to be shot, stabbed, robbed, beaten, raped, killed.

    I’ve seen downtown on a weeknight… what a scary and nasty place. Lake Merritt seemed cleaner and more charming, but really, the city is not safe and I’ve never once felt safe visiting there, even in the “nicer areas”. Now that they’ve let go a substantial part of the police force and the Chief is leaving, I can only image it will only become less safe.

    1. Eastbay native says:

      Cold and callous are the “acceptable” words I would call you. You can imagine some of the unacceptable ones. Getting what you deserve for living in Oakland?! You must be some elitest SF ahole to come up with a comment like that. Glad you’re not my neighbor – you’d probably watch a crime from your window and NOT call 911. You’re just another soulless hater.

    2. beholdyourfutureexecutioners says:

      Stay out!

  5. Randy Fleming says:

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘dream’ is clearly OVER , caputo , fiini basta..His people are completely and thoroughly defeated and his holiday should now be just another work day..

  6. dinosauria says:

    “Police said that as a safety reminder, the public should always be aware of their surroundings and shouldn’t be distracted by cell phones and electronic devices.
    Residents and visitors should also stay in well-lit and populated areas, and be especially alert when entering and exiting their vehicles, police said.”

    So, like, it’s totally the victim’s fault then. Right? By that logic?

    1. WakeUpPeople says:

      Stop self-victimizing or reading into things and making things up. Where, where in that entire paragraph is there any suggestion of blame or fault?? The paragraph clearly opens with “as a safety reminder”. That seems to be the sensible thing anyone could do. It’s the least we could do. Sure, we have a right to be safe, just like I have a right to leave my doors unlocked at night. But we DO lock our doors at night because we DO know that there are dangers out there. Would you prefer instead that the paragraph read, “…People should have the right to be safe and go where they choose and go where they choose, so please disregard all crime reports and safety precautions and do as you please, because nothing will happen to you ever because you have a right to be safe”

      Making simple suggestions for safety is NOT the same as casting blame on the victim.

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