VIDEO: San Francisco transient arrested for San Leandro kidnapping, sexual assault

Photo courtesy of San Leandro PD


SAN LEANDRO (KRON) — A San Francisco transient has been taken into custody for alleged kidnapping and sexual assault in San Leandro, according to San Leandro police.

The suspect, 27-year-old Meini Foster, is already on formal probation in San Francisco County, police said.

Fpster was charged Friday with six felony counts for allegedly raping an intoxicated woman in San Leandro whom he apparently had met after she boarded a BART train in San Francisco last month.

The kidnapping and assault occurred the week before Christmas.

DNA evidence was obtained, which led to the identity of the suspect.

On Dec. 26th, an arrest warrant was issued for Meini’s arrest.

He was arrested the next day by BART Police at the Civic Center BART station.

“DNA confirmation was done yesterday, leading to the criminal charging that if convicted, could result in a life in prison sentence for Foster,” McManus said.

Meini Foster was scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward this afternoon on two counts of forcible oral copulation and one count each of kidnapping, sodomy by use of force, forcible rape and rape by use of drugs.

The victim, who’s in her 20s, works in San Francisco and after work on the night of Dec. 15 she drank alcohol with work colleagues for more than six hours before she entered the Powell Street BART station in San
Francisco at about 11:19 p.m., according to a probable cause statement by San Leandro police Officer Deborah Trujillo.

BART surveillance camera footage shows that the woman was “swaying back and forth and has trouble maintaining her balance” an “is so intoxicated she falls forward onto her hands and knees,” Trujillo said.

The woman boarded a Dublin/Pleasanton train at 11:30 p.m. and was seen leaving the Bay Fair BART station in San Leandro with Foster at about 1:04 a.m. the next day, police report says.

Trujillo said Foster pulled her close to him when she tried to walk away from him and then led her down the stairs toward the station’s exit.

Foster then continued to lead the woman as she continued to stumble and took her into the BART station’s parking lot, according to Trujillo.

Foster next forced the woman onto nearby railroad tracks between Hesperian Boulevard and Halcyon Drive and forced her to orally copulate him by using physical force and verbal threats, Trujillo said.

The woman yelled for help and tried to free herself from Foster but he raped and sodomized her, according to Trujillo.

The woman continued to try to run and fight and yell for help but Foster again forced her to orally copulate him, Trujillo said.

Foster finally left the woman in the mud at the railroad tracks but she’s not from San Leandro, had a hard time finding her way and when she knocked on a family’s door at 3 a.m. to ask for help the residents mistook her for a burglar, ordered her to leave and called 911, according to Trujillo.

However, police finally found the woman and took her to a hospital, where they conducted a sexual assault examination on her, Trujillo said.

The DNA that was found on the woman matches Foster’s, which was in a criminal justice system database because he had a prior sexual assault, San Leandro police said.

Prosecutors also allege that Foster was convicted of second-degree commercial burglary in Alameda County in 2014.

Foster was arrested in San Francisco’s civic center area at 10 p.m. on Dec. 27, police said.

Foster could face a sentence of life in prison if he’s convicted, according to police.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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