By Doug Oakley
UC Berkeley police are on the lookout for a man suspected of a violent attempted rape last week a few blocks south of campus.
Police are looking for a black man about 6 foot 4 inches tall, 150 pounds with shoulder-length dreadlocks "who smelled like he had not had a shower in a while," according to a UC Berkeley Police crime alert.
The Sept. 8 assault comes three weeks after police arrested three separate men in groping incidents on and around campus.
A homeless woman was asleep in the rear courtyard of a building at 2515 Hillegass Street when she awoke with the man on top of her, said UC Police Capt. Margo Bennett.
He had partially pulled down her pants and underwear, police said. When the woman screamed, the man put his hand over her mouth and punched her.
The woman was able to fight the man off by punching and kicking him, and he fled. UC police responded shortly afterward and searched the area, but did not find the man.
The woman was not seriously injured police said.
Before sleeping in the courtyard, the woman had been moved out of People's Park by UC police when the park closed for the evening,
Anyone with information on the crime can call UC police at 510-642-6760.
Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley