San Francisco police are investigating a horrific sexual assault on an underage tourist at Fisherman’s Wharf.
About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, cops responded to a report of a missing juvenile who had separated from her tour group, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said.
She was later found with the alleged attacker in bushes in the 400 block of North Point Street, which is between Taylor and Mason. They were both hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, Fong said.
The suspect, identified as Christopher Dutel, 18, of South California, was booked into county jail on multiple sexual assault charges and false imprisonment.
Two transients interviewed by The San Francisco Examiner said they saw the girl with a young homeless individual in front of a nearby 7-Eleven on Mason Street.
The girl was reportedly with a group of young tourists who were buying ice cream and other items at the convenience store. But the girl separated from those teens and was seen with the suspect.
On Tuesday just after noon, San Francisco police were at the 7-Eleven store reviewing surveillance footage.
The shocking incident disturbed merchants who consider Fisherman’s Wharf to be safe.
It appears to be an isolated incident, said David Perry, spokesman for Fisherman’s Wharf.
“The first thing everyone says here in the Wharf is they’re concerned about the young woman and want to make sure she gets the best possible care,” said Perry said.