OAKLAND -- A transient has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and violating probation in an April 9 assault of a North Oakland woman walking near her home, authorities said Monday.
Carlos Contrerasanguian, 24, who was arrested shortly after the attack, is also a suspect in a similar incident that happened March 25 in downtown Oakland and possibly others, police said.
The April 9 attack happened about 9 a.m. on West MacArthur Boulevard near Martin Luther King Jr. Way. A 22-year-old woman said Contrerasanguian ran up behind her and grabbed her buttocks before running off.
The woman went to her nearby home and called police, giving them a detailed description of the assailant.
Veteran Officer Mike Osanna and Officer Alejandro Navarro, a rookie-in-training who graduated from the police academy on April 4, took the report. A short time later they arrested Contrerasanguian, who matched the description, near 40th and West streets. The victim was brought to the scene and identified the suspect, who later admitted his involvement, police said.
Based on his description and clothing he was wearing when he was arrested, Contrerasanguian is a suspect in a March 25 incident that happened in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue. A 27-year-old woman was grabbed from behind as she was walking, fondled and dragged backward until she was able to break free and call police.
Contrerasanguian is on probation for an April 2013 theft conviction. He is being held without bail.