Cops are seeking the public’s assistance in the hunt to capture a sexual predator in the 24th Street corridor in San Francisco’s Mission district.
San Francisco police released surveillance video this week to help identify and find the suspect, they said. Scroll down for video of the alleged attacker.
Click the picture for stills from the surveillance video.
The first attack occurred Nov. 18 at 24th and Portrero streets, cops said. In that attack, the deviant reportedly began following the victim on South Van Ness Avenue around 3 a.m., police said.
When she got to Potrero Street he demanded cash. The victim didn’t have any money. The suspect then grabbed and brought her to a nearby location and sexually assaulted her, cops said. He fled the scene on foot toward 25th and Alabama streets.
The second attack happened three weeks later on Dec. 8 at 24th and Fair Oaks streets around 6:15 a.m., according to police. The manner of the attack closely resembled the November attack. She was also assaulted and robbed.
The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-30s, between 5 foot 9 and 6 foot, with a medium build and wearing a black hoodie and dark pants.
A community meeting was held Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church so Mission-area neighbors and residents could discuss the incidents with police. Police announced a $25,000 reward for information on the suspect during the meeting.
Arie Jongejan, a friend of the second victim, spoke at the meeting. He said his friend was walking to the 24th Street BART station when she was attacked. She had intended to get a workout in before work, Jongejan said. Many of the people who attended the meeting signed a card for the two victims.
“She’s healing quickly, which is a win, but psychologically it’s going to be a long and difficult healing process,” Jongejan said at the meeting, according to neighborhood blog Mission Local.
The SFPD’s Special Victims Unit is requesting witnesses or persons with information on this degenerate to call their anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or “Text-a-Tip” at TIP411 from their cellphones. Please include SFPD at the beginning of the message.
SF Examiner Staff Writers Mike Aldax, Ari Burack and wire reports contributed to this report.