Assault Suspect’s Arraignment Postponed

Frederick Dozier worked for Green Streets, an organization that manages recycling and composting. Photo courtesy of Green Streets.

Frederick Dozier worked for Green Streets, an organization that manages recycling and composting. Photo courtesy of Green Streets.

En Español.

The arraignment of Frederic Dozier, the man accused of sexually assaulting three women last year, has been moved to Friday so that the public defender can assign him a defense lawyer.

About a dozen of Dozier’s family members attended the court proceeding but declined to comment.

Dozier is accused of sexually assaulting three women in June, November and December of 2011, and could face up to 100 years to life in prison. He is being charged with 26 felonies, including attempted murder, rape and robbery.

Police arrested Dozier, a Mission District resident, at Bernal Dwellings after receiving an anonymous tip. Police said they had their “eye” on the suspect and were able to confirm their suspicion thanks to DNA evidence.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón praised community participation in helping to break the case.

“This was a complete community effort. You have law enforcement, the D.A., the community coming together,” he said. “It was resolved as quick as it was because of community cooperation.”

Residents provided dozens of tips; volunteers reviewed hundreds of hours of Muni surveillance video. Over the course of four weeks, Mission police officers “saturated” 24th Street at night, Gascón said.

“This has had a dramatic effect in the community,” District 8 Supervisor Scott Weiner said at the news conference. “A lot of fear, concern…. It also brought out the best in this community.”

The Fair Oaks Coalition, a neighborhood organization, provided information to the police and set up a fund to raise money for the victims.

The attacks caused outrage across the Mission community. Hundreds attended a community meeting in December, and more than $12,000 has been raised to help the victims.

Andrew Segal, one of the founders of the Fair Oaks Coalition, was walking to work when he saw the police tape at Fair Oaks and 24th streets.

“Over the course of the day, we [neighbors] had the same thought: Not here,” he said. “That is not what we are about.”

Gascón used the news conference to warn people to be aware of their surroundings, especially when walking in the neighborhood late at night.

“Being aware of your surroundings is so very critical,” he said. “We are seeing so many members of our community — I have to admit I am guilty of getting into our iPhones, running listening to music, and not paying attention.

“I don’t want to imply that that would have prevented it, but I think it’s important to be aware of our surroundings.”

The district attorney also released details about the three attacks, which became increasingly brutal.

The first victim was attacked at around 2:50 a.m. near 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on June 17, 2011. The assailant allegedly grabbed the woman, “muffled her screams with his hands, ordered her not to scream and dragged her to a nearby driveway.” He then sexually assaulted and robbed her before fleeing on foot.

The second victim was attacked at approximately 4 a.m. near 24th and Potrero Avenue on Nov. 18, 2011. The assailant allegedly grabbed the victim and “choked her and punched her when she refused his demands,” according to police. He then twisted her neck and “used a blunt object to strike her before fleeing on foot.”

The third victim was attacked at approximately 6:20 a.m. near 24th and Fair Oaks on Dec. 8, 2011. The assailant allegedly approached her, choked her and ordered her not to scream. When she struggled, the district attorney’s office said, he choked her until she was unconscious. The victim reported that after she woke up, she found the assailant sexually assaulting her; he then punched her and smashed her face into the sidewalk, took her bag, and fled on foot, police said.

Police are asking people who believe they were victims to come forward.

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9 Comments

  1. sfmissionman

    Wiener is frequently quoted in articles covering these rapes, only one of which occurred in his District. Two occurred in Campos’ District, and it appears that Dozier resided in Campos’ District, but we’ve heard nothing from him.

  2. DC

    i live one block from one of the incidents:

    You know what…bigtime example of STEPPING UP by the anonymous tip that broke the case. That led to DNA confirmation and BOOM(!!!) he’s done! Locked up for life and rightfully so. Lord knows how long and how many different women this same guy has victimized or tried to.

    Awesome example of a community saying we’re not gonna take it! How many other guys like this are stumbling around our great City doing or wanting to do stuff just like this?! It may hurt to face it but get involved however you can, you see something that’s not right…ACT. If you let the PD know and give details they can and will make a move.

    Horrendous people like this guy deserve to be taken down for good. We can do it.

  3. elise

    I don’t think it’s appropriate to say in your final paragraph that “After the victim woke up to find Dozier sexually assaulting her” – he is arrested but not convicted. In America we have the presumption of innocence.

  4. sfthen

    re: Campos getting “involved” –

    First assault in June, second in November, where was Davie? Not until it happens in Noe Valley does anyone even bother getting upset. And then Campos bothers to show up at a meeting in Noe Valley.

    Last August someone got knifed at Guerrero and 27th and when questioned about it Campos said, “Call 311, they’ll give you the information”

    Your tax dollars at work.

  5. amm131

    Totally agreed re: the comments about Campos above, And even more generally, it seemed like no one cared a whit about these assaults until one occurred west of Valencia. I live at 23rd and S. Van Ness, less than two blocks away, and never heard of the first assault at all — and I am an avid reader of local news like this blog. And even when I heard about the second, there was no indication that it was a serious, violent rape. Ridiculous. The Inner MIssion deserves the same level of community support and supervisorial involvement as the Noe-adjacent areas. Too bad that entrenched attitudes about crime in this area, and likely racism as well, seem to keep that from happening.

  6. nathalie

    Yes I agree with sfphen, things started to really move on when the last sexual assault happened on 24th and Fair Oaks. Then, a community meeting was held, a phone number was given to call police for any details, a sketch was handed… Before that: nothing!! Is it because the last assault happened close to Noe Valley where lots of wealthier people live? I went to the community meeting, and i was very impressed by supervisor Wiener, and also by the Fair Oaks coalition, they were very motivated to have things moved forward. Maybe without that third assault the rapist would still be around…

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