Police focus on one suspect

The sunny weather beat out recent disturbing news of multiple sexual assaults on Sunday at Orange Park, just two days after reports of another assault on a woman there.

Park-goers Sunday said they still felt comfortable and safe as they watched their kids on the monkey bars or playing in a Little League game, but most acknowledged there were steps they took to avoid dangerous situations.

“I wouldn’t be here at night,” said Jackie James, who plays tennis regularly at the park. “I’m not sure though, that something like [Friday’s attack] couldn’t happen anywhere.”

On Friday, a 20-year-old woman was walking through Orange Park at about 1:45 p.m. when she noticed a suspicious man following her, according to South San Francisco Police.

The man tried to engage the woman in conversation, and when she ignored him, he then tried to shove her down on the ground. The victim was able to keep her balance and began to run away and shout for help as the man tried to grab her. The suspect chased her for a brief distance and then fled the area, police reported.

Officers descended on the area by 1:55 p.m. but could not locate the suspect, described as in his mid-20s, 5 feet 7 inches, average build, with a medium complexion and a mustache with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants, police reported.

The attack is one of several reported recently in South San Francisco

Police are investigating similarities between this assault, a Sept. 17 attempted rape in Orange Park and, most recently, the Nov. 1 rape of a young woman walking to work on South Linden Avenue.

On Sept. 17, a woman using the restroom in Orange Park during the early morning hours fended off a man attempting to rape her. Last Wednesday, a little more than a mile away from Orange Park, a woman, while walking on the south side of South Linden Avenue near the intersection with Dollar Avenue, was grabbed from behind as she headed to work shortly before 6 a.m. The suspect forced her into the bushes, where he raped

her.

Anyone with information about any of these three assaults should contact the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900 or their TIP line, (650) 952-2244.

dsmith@examiner.com

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