Police Blotter

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday July 30, 2009 - 11:07:00 AM

Sexual battery arrest 

UC Berkeley Police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of sexual battery and kidnapping after he allegedly molested a 17-year-old Asian student at Ehrman Hall. 

Police said the incident began about 2 a.m. Sunday, July 26, as the young woman and a friend were studying in the hall’s ground-floor lounge. 

Four men, including suspect Giovanni Elampini, walked into the lounge, apparently intoxicated. 

According to the report released by UCPD Chief Victoria L. Harrison, the men began flirting with the two women when one of men took the victim’s keys and refused to return them, then picked her up and groped her. 

“The suspect and his companions took the victim to her room where the suspect again fondled her,” according to the police statement. 

After 10 minutes of pleading by the woman for the men to leave, the four finally left. Shortly thereafter, police took Elampini into custody and booked him. 


Peoples Park assault 

Campus and city police are looking for a group of five or six men who assaulted a man at People’s Park early Friday morning, July 24. 

According to campus police, the victim walked into police headquarters at 5:49 a.m.. to report that he had been punched and kicked by the group as he lay on the ground following a drinking bout with friends. 

After the fists and feet stopped flying, one of the assailants finished the assault by striking the victim’s head with a skateboard. 

The assailants were last seen sauntering away from the park southbound toward Dwight Way. 

After he completed his story, police took the victim to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.