Posted by on June 9, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

(BANT) – Officers arrested a man Wednesday accused of touching a woman’s buttocks and hitting her in the face last month as she was walking on a Berkeley street, police said today.

The incident occurred on May 29 at 7:08 p.m. near Bancroft Way and Fulton Street, according to police.

The 19-year-old victim was walking when the suspect allegedly grabbed her buttocks when she walked by him.

The victim then turned around and chased the suspect before taking a picture of him with her phone.

As the woman was taking the picture, the suspect hit her in the face in an attempt either take her phone or stop her from taking the picture, police said.

The victim then ran and was able to get away from the suspect.

He was last seen running north on Fulton Street from Bancroft Way.

The victim was able to successfully capture an image of the suspect. Officers then circulated the photo to other officers.

One officer recognized the man from prior police contacts and tentatively identified him as 33-year-old Clay Collier of Berkeley.

On Monday, detectives with the police’s Special Victim’s Unit obtained a search and arrest warrant for Collier.

Two days later officers served the search warrant at Collier’s residence. There, they located evidence indicating that Collier was responsible for the battery, according to police.

As detectives were leaving the residence, they arrested outside Collier on suspicion of sexual battery and battery. He was booked into the Berkeley City Jail, police said.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have information about the case or who has been victimized by Collier to contact the police’s Special Victim’s Unit at (510) 981-5715.