Berkeley police are investigating two rape cases reported last week.
The first reported rape took place on June 10 in Berkeley; the victim contacted police two days later. According to police reports the victim went to the house of a female friend before they went to a wedding together. The two women drank alcohol, and the victim said she took some type of medication which she couldn’t identify.
They arrived at the wedding about 6 p.m., and the victim drank several glasses of wine and her memory of events after that are hazy, said Berkeley Police Capt. Bobby Miller. She recalled getting into the back seat of a car with a man and engaging in sexual intercourse with him.
She also recalled an encounter with another man at the wedding party, but said she had negative feelings about him and walked away from him.
The victim asked someone to call her boyfriend and ask him to pick her up at the party. At some point during the weekend, the victim’s boyfriend questioned her about the events at the wedding party, and he believed she was raped and insisted on calling police. The case has been assigned to the sex crime detail.
The second rape was reported at 11 p.m. Thursday in Berkeley. The rape occurred inside the victim’s bedroom in the house where she is a tenant. Her bedroom door does not have a lock, said Miller.
The woman was assaulted by another tenant who came into her room and bound her hands and feet and forced her to have sexual intercourse. He brandished a pocket knife and threatened to hurt her. In the attack she sustained some bruising on her face and on her body and she went to the hospital the next day for treatment.
Miller said police have identified the suspect but have not yet made an arrest. The case remains under investigation.