OAKLAND (CBS SF) – An armed man robbed and raped a woman in a home invasion near Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills Friday morning, police said.
Police were called to the 6800 block of Wilton Drive near Skyline Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m.
Oakland Police said the 38-year-old victim was awakened by the dog barking and went to investigate when she was confronted by the gunman who demanded money.
The man then sexually assaulted the victim and left with some cash and personal items, according to police.
Police described the gunman, who is still at large, as an African American male, approximately 5’9 to 5’ 11
An East Bay Regional Parks Police spokesperson said Oakland Police asked the agency to help out in the investigation.
The home where the assault occurred is adjacent to an area within park police jurisdiction. Park police searched nearby trails but did not find anyone or any evidence.
It’s been described as an absolute nightmare for the family living in the otherwise calm, exclusive Piedmont Pines neighborhood.
KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:
One neighbor described the victims as a very nice family, and praised the homeowners for the amount of work they had done to fix up the house. The neighbor also revealed that the couple had “nice young children.”
The area has reportedly been plagued by the occasional burglary but never anything as violent as this.
Oakland Police urged anyone with information to contact the Youth and Family Services Division at (510) 238-3641 or the Sexual Assault Hotline at (510) 637-0298.
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