Police: ‘We do not have a serial rapist’

In October there were five reported rapes and that number increased to nine in November. This uptick, however, is not the sign of a serial rapist, the San Francisco Police Department said Monday amid questions about why there was an increase in such crimes.

“I can assure you we do not have a serial rapist,” Captain Mike Biel told the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee.

“None of them had been stranger-rapes,” Biel said. “All of them had some sort of relationship with the victims, be it an ex-boyfriend, a spouse or an acquaintance.”

Reports of rapes are down compared with the same time last year. There were 149 reported rapes at this time last year, and 132 this year.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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