BERKELEY -- Police continue to ask for the public's help in identifying and locating a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 23-year-old Berkeley woman last Friday night.¿
At 10:20 p.m., the woman was walking home along San Pablo Avenue from Solano Avenue in Albany when she noticed a man appeared to be following her on foot, police said.
She changed her route a number of times, and the man changed his route each time along with her, continuing to walk behind her, police said.
When the woman pulled out her cell phone to call for help, the man grabbed her and forced her off the sidewalk and down a driveway in the 1200 block of San Pablo Avenue, police said. As the woman clutched her purse and screamed for help, the man grabbed her around her waist and spoke to her in Spanish.
Police did not release what the man said to the woman.
A passing motorist saw the woman in distress, stopped, and honked the car's horn, prompting the man to release her and run north on San Pablo Avenue.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, between 23 and 25 years old, 5 foot 5 to 5 foot 7 feet tall with a thin build and sparse facial hair. He was wearing a white and red San Francisco 49ers baseball-style cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black and red tennis shoes, police said.
Police urge anyone who may have encountered the man to call Berkeley police sex crimes Det. Melissa Kelly, at 510-981-5735. To make an anonymous tip, call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line, at 800-222-8477.