October 1, 2008
San Francisco Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect fromSan Francisco in a series of four sexual assaults that occurred from September 24 through September 27 in Golden Gate Park during daylight and early evening hours. The suspect was taken into custody yesterday after an undercover police officer located him on a bus on Stanyan Street near Golden Gate Park at approximately 9:00 A.M.
In each of the sexual assault incidents, the suspect confronted a woman who was either jogging or riding a bicycle on frequented park paths. Based on victims' descriptions, police conducted a surveillance operation. During one such operation, the suspect exposed himself to an undercover police officer. In the follow-up investigation of this incident, the suspect who exposed himself to the officer was identified positively as the suspect in the earlier assaults.
The arrest was the result of a concerted effort by three district police stations, Richmond, Park, and Taraval. The suspect was charged with a number of felony crimes, which included sexual battery.
The police department commends each of the victims who reported the incident promptly to police.
Police are asking that anyone else who may have been a witness or a victim of this suspect to contact Lieutenant Dan Leydon or Inspector Yvonne Pratt of the Sex Crimes Unit at 415-553-1361.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103