Suspect pleads not guilty 

A rape suspect arrested Friday in Golden Gate Park pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including attempted rape and indecent exposure.

San Francisco police officers from the Richmond Station said they recognized Kittiphong Inthichak, 31, from a police sketch when they responded to a call Friday of a man exposing himself in Golden Gate Park, Inspector Joe Cordes said Tuesday.

Inthichak is accused of attempted rape after he allegedly came up behind a woman in Golden Gate Park, knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her Aug. 5. Police had been warning people in the area to be aware that he was active and released a composite sketch.

On Friday, Inthichak allegedly attempted to assault another woman on the same pathway near 22nd Avenue and Fulton Street, where he allegedly attacked his first victim, Cordes said.

That woman was walking with a young child inher arms, and Inthichak allegedly grabbed her from behind. She screamed and ran, Cordes said, and Inthichack did not follow.

Around the same time, approximately 3 p.m., police received another report of a man matching Inthichak’s description exposing himself and masturbating near a public bathroom.

"This guy was obviously out of control," Cordes said.

The Richmond police station had assigned extra patrols to the area, and the people who had seen Inthichak by the bathroom flagged one of the officers down to report the exposure.

"They (the officers) quickly figured out it was the same guy and arrested him shortly afterward in some bushes," Cordes said. "It was the good work of the Richmond officers who noticed the similarities in the sketch and the circumstances."

Cordes said Inthichak’s original alleged victim from Aug. 5 picked him out of a photo lineup. He was booked Friday on one count of attempted rape, two counts of indecent exposure and one count of sexual battery.

Inthichak was represented Tuesday by Deputy Public Defender Phoenix Streets, but Streets will not be assigned the case for its duration. Streets was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Inthichak’s bail was set at $200,000 Tuesday. He will return to court Thursday for assignment of counsel and again Aug. 28 for a preliminary hearing.

amartin@examiner.com

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