Police seek a man who tried to lure a UC Berkeley student into his car

BERKELEY (BCN) — A man allegedly harassed a female student and tried to get her to go into his car last week at University of California at Berkeley, campus police said Monday.

At 12:39 p.m. on March 7, the student was walking on Warring Street near Channing Way when a silver Acura pulled up alongside her, according to UC police.

A man inside the Acura spoke aggressively to the woman and tried to convince her to get inside his car. The victim refused and when she threatened to call 911, the Acura sped off, police said.

The victim then called 911 to report the incident and as she was on the phone, the Acura returned. This time, the suspect got out of the car and began yelling at the victim, according to police.

The victim screamed and a person passing by intervened and began taking pictures of the Acura. The suspect then got back in his car and drove away, police said.

When officers arrived, they searched the area for the Acura, but were unable to locate it.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern man in his late 20s or early 30s with an average build and short dark hair. He was wearing a beige sweatshirt and dark jeans, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Berkeley Police Department’s special victims unit.

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