BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A 37-year-old man was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of a series of sexual batteries that occurred recently in the area surrounding the University of California at Berkeley campus, police said.
Jodonnell Powell Jr. was arrested Monday in connection with three attacks that all involved women in their 20s who Powell allegedly approached while on a bicycle and grabbed by their buttocks or genitals, according to Berkeley police.READ MORE: Woman Dies in Saturday-Morning Rollover Crash on I-580 in Oakland
The first battery was reported at 8:14 a.m. on July 18 near Bancroft Way and Fulton Street, the second was reported 36 minutes later in the 2400 block of Channing Way, and the third at about 8:40 p.m. the next day near Hearst Avenue and Walnut Street, police said.READ MORE: Suspect Killed In Unincorporated Hayward Deputy-Involved Shooting
On Monday, detectives from the Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit spotted someone riding a bicycle who matched the description given of the suspect. They detained the man, identified as Powell, and eventually arrested him on suspicion of sexual battery and violating his probation.MORE NEWS: Big Rig Driver, CHP Officer Rescue Worker Trapped By Burning Truck
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Berkeley police Sex Crimes Unit at (510) 981-5735.