Three women were victims of assault in three separate crimes in the past week, including a brutal robbery in Mauerpark and one with a racist component in Schöneberg.
A woman jogging through Mauerpark at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, was hit with a brick from behind by an unknown assailant. After falling to the ground, the attacker continued to strike and kick the woman, leaving her with a broken jaw and hand, according to Berlin police.
The wounded victim took off her jacket and ran to Gleimsstrasse to escape the attacker, who then fled. The jacket contained the woman’s smartphone.
Police released no description of the suspect.
Violent crimes against women in Berlin have been in the spotlight since late last year. Police were forced to release video of a woman being pushed down a flight of stairs October 27 after they were unable to find the suspect.
The video sparked outrage around the world and led to the arrest of a 27-year-old Bulgarian man suspected of being the culprit. He was taken into custody at the city bus station in December.
Still, although assaults climbed slightly in Berlin last year according to government statistics, the city remains safer than other major European cities such as London and Paris, according to statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
In one of the two latest assaults against women in the Hauptstadt, paramedics Sunday, March 26, treated a 24-year-0ld woman at Alexanderplatz who said she had been attacked by two unknown men. She was transported to a hospital at about 5 a.m.
Berlin police said they’re investigating the motive behind the crime as well as working to locate the suspects.
The victim was transported to the hospital with a head injury.
Sunday afternoon a 55-year-old woman asked to file charges against an unknown assailant, police said.
The woman said she was headed up an escalator to the U2 platform at Nollendorfplatz when a man tried to force his way past. The man kicked and pushed the woman as he passed, causing her to lose her balance and stumble down two steps.
The woman was able to regain her balance by grabbing onto the railing. But when she responded to the man verbally, he used racial epithets while punching her, pulling her hair and twisting her arm, the police said.
She complained of a headache while filing her report.