San Francisco Police investigate a crash scene at Eighth and Folsom streets on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Man arrested in sexual assault of unconscious woman along Market Street

A man has been arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday evening, but fled when witnesses stopped to help the victim, police said.

Officers initially responded around 6:30 p.m. to the 900 block of Market Street, at Fifth Street, for a report of a sexual assault.

There, they found an unconscious 60-year-old woman.

According to witnesses, passengers on a bus that was passing by yelled for the suspect to stop the assault and when they got off the bus to come to the woman’s aid, the suspect took off running, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital for her injuries, police said.

Investigators were able to obtain surveillance images of the suspect and disseminate it to officers.

Early Thursday morning, an officer on patrol near Golden Gate and Hyde streets spotted a man matching the suspect’s description and was able to detain him. After positively identifying him as the suspect, police arrested 41-year-old Fidel Padilla of San Francisco on suspicion of rape.

Although Padilla has been arrested, police are asking anyone with more information to call SFPD’s anonymous tipline at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.

Bay Area NewsCrimesan francisco news

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

Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Green Rush: Cannabis equity program elevates unexpected entrepreneurs

‘It’s a form of reparations for those of us who were ruined by cannabis arrest’

The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner
Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear… Continue reading

San Francisco supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow a chain grocery store to occupy the bottom floor of the 555 Fulton St. condo building. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Trader Joe’s approved for Hayes Valley, bringing long-awaited grocery store

New Seasons Market canceled plans at 555 Fulton St. citing construction delays

Shek-Woon Ng, 107, who retired at 99 from his acupuncture practice in San Francisco’s Chinatown, got a COVID-19 vaccination in June. <ins>(Courtesy Sky Link TV)</ins>
Lesson from a 107-year-old man who is now fully vaccinated

One in four seniors in S.F.’s Chinatown have not been inoculated

Most Read