South Berkeley assault leaves elderly woman with life-threatening injuries

A woman in her 70s suffered life-threatening injuries after she was assaulted Friday afternoon in South Berkeley.

Berkeley Police Department received a disturbance report around 4:30 p.m. that included information about a woman yelling for help near the intersection of Russell and Otis streets, several blocks away from the Ashby BART station.

When BPD officers arrived on scene, they saw a man fleeing on foot who matched the description provided by callers, police said. Officers pursued the man one block west, where he was detained.

Meanwhile, other officers at the scene located the victim who was suffering severe injuries where the assault occurred. Police rendered first aid until Berkeley Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the woman to a local hospital.

Authorities did not immediately release the name of the detained suspect or any additional details of the case, saying that releasing the information could hinder their investigation. The police department is currently investigating the incident as a felony assault.

BPD requested that those with information pertaining to the case call its Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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