BERKELEY -- Tips are flowing in to the Berkeley Police department about a 29-year-old man suspected of raping a teenage girl after crawling into her bedroom window on Evelyn Street nearly two years ago.
The leads started coming in after details of the case were aired on the America's Most Wanted television show Friday night and placed on the show's web site at www.amw.com.
The police department is following up on at least six tips it got after the television show featured Omar Sosa Arenal, who police believe may have fled to Vera Cruz, Mexico, said Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats.
According to police, Arenal was a neighbor of the girl. He allegedly crawled through her bedroom window on the night of Nov. 10, 2010 and assaulted her while her family was asleep.
The America's Most Wanted web site says Arenal has ties to California but may be in Vera Cruz. The site says he is 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 190 pounds and has black hair that may have highlights. He likes to play soccer, wears a stud earring in his left ear and likes to drink Corona beer.
Arenal is wanted for at least 10 offenses including committing a sexual assault during a robbery, rape, forcible oral copulation and sodomy.
"With the help of America's Most Wanted, we are hoping the suspect will be captured and face justice for his brutal crimes," said Berkeley police Detective Alan Dunn in a statement.
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