San Francisco police have released the sketch of a suspect in an aggravated assault that took place on Feb. 2 on Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd streets. The police department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect because investigators believe he may have been involved in another assault in January.
A woman was attacked as she was walking southbound on Bartlett Street at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 2. Police said that the suspect, who was walking in the opposite direction, passed the victim and then started punching her. The victim covered her face with her hands to try to protect herself, and the suspect fled.
Investigators from the Special Victims Unit believe the suspect may have been involved in another assault that took place at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Jan. 6 in the vicinity of 23rd and Church streets. In that incident, the victim and suspect were also walking in opposite directions when the suspect lunged at the victim and threw her to the ground. Authorities said that the suspect then straddled the victim and slammed her head into the ground. He fled the area when the victim screamed for help.
Police say that the incidents may be connected because the descriptions of the suspect and the mode of attack were similar. If you have any information, please contact Special Victims Unit Inspector Rico Castillo at 415-734-3004. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling the police department at 415-575-4444 or texting a tip to TIP411; type SFPD at the beginning of the message.