Berkley police warn of ‘stranger danger’ incident

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 23, 2023

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BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Safety Department put out a warning to residents after a “stranger danger” incident was reported March 22.

According to police, a local student reported that, at around 5 p.m., she was walking home from school in the area of Sunnyknoll and Kipling avenues in Berkley when a subject approached her and grabbed hold of her backpack.

The girl stated that she kicked the man in fear, and he left the area. He got into what was described as a white work van, similar in description to a white Chevrolet Express Cargo Van, with a ladder and PVC piping on top. The vehicle also had some rust but didn’t have any other markings.

The vehicle was last seen driving south on Kipling from Sunnyknoll.

The suspect is described as a pale white man who stood approximately 6 feet, 5 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood drawn up around his face, a black beanie cap, a black COVID-19 mask, a black North Face jacket, blue jeans with “rips” near the thighs and tan work boots.

Police had not identified any suspects as of April 3. Any witnesses in the area during the time frame of the incident or residents who have surveillance cameras are asked to contact the Berkley Public Safety Department at (248) 658-3380.