A 15-year-old tourist who was sexually assaulted near Fisherman’s Wharf early Tuesday morning had split away from her tour group before reportedly meeting her attacker, according to witnesses and police reports.
The incident first came to the attention of police when they received a report about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday of a missing juvenile, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said. The missing girl was reported as a foreigner, but police would not disclose Tuesday the country from which she was visiting.
More than an hour after the missing-person call, a police officer found the girl and her alleged attacker in the bushes in the 400 block of North Point Street, which is between Taylor and Mason streets. The girl and the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Christopher Dutel, were both hospitalized with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
Dutel, who police said is from Southern California, was later booked into County Jail on multiple sexual assault charges and false imprisonment.
Two transients who were interviewed by The SF Examiner on Tuesday afternoon 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 video surveillance.
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,” Perry said.