Oakland police issue public safety advisory after attempted rape and robbery at 9:30 a.m.

Oakland Police issued a public safety advisory after an attempted rape and robbery around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

In what “appears to be a random act of violence”, police say the victim reported walking the 2900 block of Parker Avenue in the Eastmont neighborhood when a person with a weapon fire approached from behind.

“The individual tackled the victim to the ground and began to sexually assault her,” the Oakland Police Department said in the safety notice. “The victim screamed for help and this caused the individual to flee with the victim’s cell phone.”

Police are still looking for the suspect, who they describe as a man over 30 and around 5ft 10in tall, last seen wearing a blue beanie, red jacket, dark pants and shoes red.

Oakland is one of many US cities that has seen a spike in violent crime in the pandemic era, including homicides, robberies and assaults, fueling debate over whether to increase policing or focus on restoring outdated community programs that have plagued the city’s poorest, often majority residents. the most difficult non-white areas. Gun sales have also soared in California and across much of the country, according to Justice Department data.

Anyone with information about Sunday’s assault and robbery is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Special Victims Unit at (510) 238-3641 or the city’s hotline at (510) 238 -7950.

Lauren Hepler (her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @LAHepler