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* Ferhat Djoumi Fremont Man Was Arrested with Forensic Evidence Linked Him To Two Separate Sexual Assaults

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Berkeley police announced today that they have closed two cases of attempted rape and burglary after arresting a 21-year-old Fremont man last month.Ferhat Djoumi was arrested on Aug. 6 after forensic evidence linked him to two separate sexual assaults that both happened in Berkeley on July 16.However, investigators were not releasing the information about the arrest to the public until a final interview was completed with a witness who had moved away from the Bay Area, according to police Officer Andrew Frankel.The first of the two incidents allegedly involving Djoumi occurred at about 1:15 a.m. at a home in the 2100 block of Cedar Street.A female victim woke up and found the suspect straddling her and lifting her shirt. The victim’s mother, who was asleep in the same bed, woke up and fought the suspect off until he fled the home, according to police.About six hours later, officers responded to a report of a sexual assault in the 2600 block of Hillegass Avenue. The college-aged victim woke up to find the suspect on top of her, and the suspect fled when she resisted, police said.Berkeley police released sketches of the suspect in each case, and the drawings appeared to be of the same man. After the evidence was found linking Djoumi to the incidents, he was arrested in Fremont. Djoumi has been charged with two counts each of attempted rape, sexual battery, burglary, and false imprisonment.He will be in court for a bail hearing on Oct. 1 in Department 115 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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