Police investigating unrelated sexual assault allegations at Outside Lands event 

click to enlarge Tips sought: Police are asking witnesses to come forward after alleged sex attacks at the Outlands Lands festival; two incidents took place Saturday and one Sunday. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Tips sought: Police are asking witnesses to come forward after alleged sex attacks at the Outlands Lands festival; two incidents took place Saturday and one Sunday.

Three women were possibly sexually assaulted at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival last weekend.

The attendees, whose ages range from 18 to the mid-20s, have come forward saying they were attacked at the Golden Gate Park concert, police Officer Albie Esparza said. The incidents are not believed to be related since they reportedly occurred in different locations of the music festival and none of the victims knew one another.

“The victims do not recollect many facts, as alcohol and/or drugs may have played a role,” Esparza said.

Investigators are currently awaiting the results of forensic testing to see what was in each woman’s system, he added. The results from the toxicology tests may take weeks to get back, according to police.

Two of the alleged attacks occurred Saturday and the other early Sunday. One reportedly took place near a set of white tents, another near prop windmills and the third in bushes near the Polo Field.

In one case, police said, a victim on her way home from the festival stopped at a local hospital and reported the assault. The hospital then called police.

Also, a man was questioned in at least one of the incidents. He cooperated with police and is not considered a suspect.

Police are encouraging witnesses to come forward.

Sexual assaults are rare at the hugely popular music festival, police said. Aside from those reports, police described the fifth Outside Lands event as a mostly calm affair.

The festival, attended by more than 60,000 people each of the three days it runs, featured top acts such as Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, the Foo Fighters and Jack White.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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