Victims of separate groping incidents in El Cerrito fight off attackers

23rd Street fight turns fatal

Two victims who were grabbed in the buttocks by strangers in separate incidents in El Cerrito since Friday each managed to fight off their attackers, but the suspects remain at large, police said Thursday.

The first incident was reported just before 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Safeway store at 11450 San Pablo Ave., according to the El Cerrito Police Department blotter. A female victim reportedly punched a man in the face after he grabbed her buttocks in the store, police said.

The suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his 20s in a black jacket and gray shirt, fled the store and left on a silver scooter.

Two days later, police responded to a similar incident at Carlson Boulevard and San Diego Street about 9:45 p.m. A man followed the woman there from a Wells Fargo bank branch and attempted to engage her in conversation. At one point he “squeezed” the victims buttocks with his hand, police said. The woman fought off her attacker, who fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect in that incident was described as a black man in his 30s, about 6-feet and 140 pounds, wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call ECPD at (510) 215-4400, or Police Dispatch at (510) 237-3233, or leave anonymous tips at (510) 215-4414 ext 40.