A San Pablo man was arrested Friday in connection with an attempted sexual assault the night before in El Cerrito.
On Thursday, Sept. 14 about 8:46 p.m., El Cerrito police were called about a burglary in process at an apartment complex at the north end of the city.
They arrived and learned that a stranger had climbed into an apartment window, woke up the resident, brandished a knife, attempted to sexually assault the victim and demanded the victim’s valuables, police said.
During the attack, a roommate showed up and knocked on the door, startling the suspect who exited through a backdoor and jumped down several floors. An extensive search of the area did not turn up a suspect, police said.
The following day at 3 p.m., detectives identified a suspect: Jermine K. Allen of San Pablo, who was booked into Martinez Detention Facility and is being held without bail on charges including assault with intent to commit rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary, robbery, terrorist threats and violation of probation.