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.