Oakland police searching for suspect who robbed, assaulted woman leaving church

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man believed to be responsible for a strong-armed robbery of a woman on April 7 in Oakland. (Courtesy Oakland Police Department)

OAKLAND — Oakland police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who is believed to have assaulted a woman in a strong-armed robbery as she was leaving church.

Police responded to the robbery on April 7 around 6 p.m. in the 1200 block of 86th Avenue. The woman was severely injured, police said.

Police described the suspect as an African American man, between 20 and 30 years old, standing roughly 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark gray hoodie and black pants at the time of the robbery and the assault. He also had an orange towel hanging from his pants, police said.

The Oakland police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oakland police at (510) 238-3326.