TBS Today, May 16

A Union City man has been charged with several counts of sexual battery targeting students near UC Berkeley last week, according to police and court papers.

Berkeley police say Aditya Chaudhary, 21, admitted to "hugging" student-aged women and was also a suspect in a 2019 investigation in Orange, California, where a student was inappropriately touched, according to court papers.

Police say they have linked Chaudhary to seven concerning reports in Berkeley, from trespassing to sexual battery. Most of them took place last week from May 8-10 in the Southside neighborhood near campus.

The Scanner has the exclusive.

Man, 21, charged with grabbing students near UC Berkeley
At least two of the women who were accosted were UC Berkeley students and one had recently graduated, police said.

After posting our Lama Beans story yesterday, which has generated a lot of concern, we heard from a diner who said the assailant "used racist language" and "threatened to come back to the place of business and hurt them."

According to the restaurant patron, the assailant also said, "Go back to your country, this is my country."

Man arrested after unprovoked attack of Lama Beans owner
A customer had bought the man a burger, Berkeley police said, after he asked diners at Lama Beans to provide food for himself and his pet rabbit.

Tonight, the City Council is discussing the budget and fire safety. No action is planned at either meeting but we may tune in.

Update, 6:35 p.m. In fact, the Tuesday meetings did include proposed action items, including the approval of the city's Community Wildfire Protection Plan at the 6 p.m. meeting. Apologies for the earlier error.

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