BERKELEY -- A man sexually assaulted a boy in a public bathroom at the Berkeley Marina Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said Berkeley police responded to the marina immediately after receiving the report about 1:35 p.m., fanning out on motorcycles, bicycles, dirt bikes and patrol cars to search for the man.

Police did not release information about the child's condition Tuesday evening, but said the child was with family and members of the police department's Special Victims Unit. The suspect had not been found as of about 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Police did not have a complete description of the suspect, but said they are looking for an African-American man with blonde hair with green streaks in it. Police did not know if the man was wearing a wig.

Police did not say who reported the assault or release the age of the child.

Kusmiss said Berkeley police, members of the East Bay Regional Parks Police and Department of Fish and Game joined the search for the suspect on the ground and a parks police helicopter assisted from the air.

Officers were also posted on University Avenue and Marina Boulevard and inspected the interiors of all cars leaving the area and asked for motorist's help with locating the suspect.

Check back for updates.

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