(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Alleged co-conspirator charged in drugging, strangling of SF man

A second suspect has been charged in the killing of a young man found dead in the San Francisco Bay after allegedly being strangled and drugged by his sexual partners at a mid-Market residential hotel.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Angel Anderson, 36, with murder and other charges in connection with the alleged torture killing of 23-year-old George Randall Saldivar, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Gerald Rowe, 47, has already pleaded not guilty in the case.

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Saldivar’s body was found in the water near Pier 39 on Feb. 18. Prosecutors believe Anderson and Rowe killed him after they all had consensual sex at the Donnelly Hotel on Market Street between Feb. 3 and Feb. 5. Video was recovered from the room that apparently recorded the ordeal.

Prosecutors say Saldivar was tied to a chair. His killers then wrapped a noose around his neck and pulled on the rope. A bag was then placed over his head and he was injected with a drug, possibly fentanyl.

When Saldivar collapsed, prosecutors say they moved him to the bed and slapped him. His lifeless body was then stuffed into a suitcase found in the closet. The suspects then sealed the suitcase in plastic.

The video allegedly showed Rowe playing his guitar and eating junk food over the suitcase. The suitcase was then pushed into the corner until the suspects rolled it down Market Street overnight Feb. 5.

Rowe pleaded not guilty to various charges including murder Wednesday. A defense attorney for Rowe previously said the video evidence “will clear him of the actual murder act.”

Anderson is scheduled to appear in court for the first time Friday afternoon. She was previously being held by authorities in another jurisdiction.

In court documents seeking to detain Rowe without bail, Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart on Monday detailed the alleged crime but only referred to Anderson as an unidentified co-conspirator.

Both Rowe and Anderson are currently being held at County Jail without bail.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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