Former S.F. firefighter suspected of sex assaults

Authorities are searching for a former San Francisco firefighter accused of sexually assaulting several women, using his badge to garner their trust.

Horacio Candia Jr., 48, is charged with three counts of forced oral copulation, one count of sexual battery, one count of making terrorist threats and another for false imprisonment, according to police.

The latest alleged incident happened Aug. 22 near 16th and Carolina streets on the border of San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. Candia reportedly used his badge to lure a woman into his car. The woman was able to escape and call authorities, but Candia is still on the lam, police said. A $500,000 warrant has been issued for Candia's arrest.

The embattled ex firefighter, described as being of Filipino descent, had a nearly nine-year career with the San Francisco Fire Department that ended in January of 2001, when he was fired for refusing to take a drug test, according to Lt. Mindy Talmadge. It was suspected that Candia had been intoxicated while on the job, she said.

Candia still has his badge, Talmadge said, because he had purchased it from The City when he had been promoted to the rank of Chief Operator several years before his firing.

“With all uniformed employees…when a person either retires or assumes a different rank, they are given the option of either relinquishing their prior rank badge or purchasing it,” Talmadge said.

Candia stands five-feet, five-inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has brown eyes and a shaved head, according to police. He may be driving a green four-door 2001 Mitsubishi Diamonte, California license No. 5GSH121, or the vehicle may display paper plates.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the sex crimes detail at (415) 553-1361, or to call 9-1-1 if Candia is seen.

E-mail: maldax@sfexaminer.com

 

Bay Area NewsCrimefirefighterLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Police release an image a cracked windshield on a Prius that Cesar Vargas allegedly tried to carjack. Vargas, who was shot by police a short time later, can be seen in videos jumping on the windshield and pushing a Muni passenger who disembarked from a bus. (Courtesy SFPD
SFPD releases videos of deadly police shooting

Cesar Vargas killed after reports of carjacking with knife

New legislation would make sure supportive housing tenants don’t pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent.. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner))
Supportive housing tenants could get more help paying the rent

Supportive housing tenants struggling to pay rent could soon see their payments… Continue reading

Organizers of the San Francisco International Arts Festival had planned to use parts of Fort Mason including the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery to host performances by about a dozen Bay Area arts groups. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Arts festival sues city over permit denial

Organizer says outdoor performances should be treated like demonstrations, religious gatherings

An oversight body for San Francisco’s mental health programs may be restructured after questions were raised about its management and lack of effectiveness. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Behavioral health oversight body looks for new start — and staff — after mismanagement

Members of an oversight body for San Francisco’s behavioral health programs said… Continue reading

The City requires the recycling or reuse of debris material removed from a construction project site. <ins>(Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
<ins></ins>
Permits proposed for haulers of construction debris to achieve zero-waste

San Francisco plans to tighten regulations on the disposal of construction and… Continue reading

Most Read