Three men charged with groping at UC Berkeley campus www.privateofficer.com
Berkeley CA Aug 27 2011 Three men were arrested in Berkeley earlier this week on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual battery after women were groped on or near the UC Berkeley campus, police said.
None of the three victims was injured, police said.
“I wouldn’t classify these as a trend,” said UC Berkeley police Spokesman Lt. Marc Decoulode. “Periodically we have sexual grabs in the area, but it is a little surprising to have three in two days. They were not related and in all cases suspects were arrested.”
On Sunday at 1 a.m. a woman walking through campus just east of Oxford Street was approached by a man who asked directions. The man “inappropriately grabbed her groin area and breasts” a UC Berkeley crime alert said. The woman screamed and pushed the man’s hands away and ran to Oxford Street where she flagged down a security officer who called police.
UC Berkeley police later arrested Edward Jesus Mosqueda 32 of San Pablo, in connection with the incident.
Also on Sunday about 10:30 a.m., a female parent of a UC Berkeley student was groped near campus in the 2100 block of Channing Street. The victim hit the man with her purse and the man walked away, police said.
Police later arrested Ruben Vincio Palate, 42 of Richmond.
On Monday about 9 p.m. a 19-year-old female student who was walking with two friends on Durant Avenue near Bowditch Street was “grabbed inappropriately” by a man who approached from behind. Police arrested Torra Dimirra.