SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Police on Tuesday were looking for a man accused of harassing multiple women on Muni in San Francisco.
But on Tuesday night, police say they’ve arrested the suspect on Tuesday evening.
Park police station officers arrested the man on Carl and Stanyan Streets in San Francisco.
Officers learned there have been four occasions of Muni sexual assault incidents towards lone female victims.
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KRON4’s Yoli Aceves was at West Portal Station Tuesday morning. She reports that the man is allegedly riding different Muni lines throughout the city to carry out the attacks.
The man reportedly brushes up against these women and touches them inappropriately.
The most recent incident happened on the N-Judah line. The female victim says the attack happened while she was riding home during the evening commute last Thursday after the train entered the tunnel near Duboce Park.
She says the man rubbed his crotch up against her shoulder repeatedly as she was riding the crowded streetcar train. She believes he waited to strike at that moment because the ride gets bumpy in the tunnel, which is why at first she didn’t realize she was being targetted. But once she became aware of what was going on, he sat down at another part of the train.
The victim says she believes she saw the same man committing the same act on another woman about two weeks earlier.
She says she felt compelled to make her story public so this man is caught before anything worse happens.
Police are warning women to stay alert and report suspicious activity if they see it happening.
She says called police after she got home to report what happened.
She had posted the man’s picture on social media and said since she’s gone public, other people are coming forward, saying they were victims as well.
One person claims to have seen the man riding the l Taraval in the morning.
Police said they blasted out a picture of the suspect to their officers and are investigating this crime they are calling a sexual battery.
Special victims unit detectives are reaching out to those who have posted about their experiences and they have boosted the number of Muni division officers riding the N from downtown to the avenues looking for the suspect.
This type of harassment is considered sexual battery, police said.
The suspect is charged with felony false imprisonment, five counts of sexual battery, and a public nuisance charge.
Police are not releasing his name because there might be a fifth victim.
San Francisco police issued the following statement:
San Francisco Police were notified of a sexual battery incident occurring on the N Judah Muni LRV line last Thursday, March 30, 2017. An officer from Taraval Station met with the victim and filed an incident report. The SFPD Special Victims Unit opened an investigation into the matter and reached out to both the March 30th victim and individuals who reported via social media that they also were victimized or witnessed criminal behavior. A picture of the suspect was disseminated to Muni Division officers and a crime alert with specifics of the incident as well as the photo of the suspect was emailed to all officers.
In less than 24 hours, Richmond Station officers were able to identify the suspect. Park Station officers located the suspect at Carl and Stanyan Streets and took him into custody without incident. The suspect, a 45 year old white male, is being charged with multiple misdemeanors including sexual battery, sexual battery on public transportation, continuing offense of public nuisance and one felony count of false imprisonment. Due to pending identification matters, the suspect’s photo and name will not be released at this time.
At least four victims have come forward with this investigation. While an arrest has been made, the Special Victims Unit is asking anyone with information related to this case to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.