San Francisco police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of assaulting two women recently in the City’s Mission District.
The first occurred on January 6, at about 2:40 a.m. near the intersection of 23rd and Church streets. In that incident, police say, the victim and the suspect were walking in opposite directions when he suddenly lunged at the woman and threw her to the ground. He then straddled the woman and slammed her head into the ground.
The suspect fled the scene after a resident nearby heard her screaming and yelled at him.
The more recent assault occurred on February 2, at about 1:00 a.m. on Bartlett between 22nd and 23rd streets. Again a woman was walking in the opposite direction and as she passed the suspect, he attacked her and punched her multiple times. She attempted to protect herself by covering her face with her hands.
He fled the scene and is still at large.
Investigators believe the incidents may be related because the suspect descriptions are similar and so is the method of attack, as it appears he operated the same way in both incidents.
Anyone with information on these assaults is urged to contact Inspector Rico Castillo at (415) 734-3004, or an anonymous tip can be left at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411, with SFPD typed in at the beginning of the message.