The San Francisco Police Department announced today that they’ve arrested Jeffrey Bugai, a 35-year-old man who is accused of impersonating a police officer and kidnapping with the intent to commit sexual assault.
According to a statement released by the SFPD, Bugai apparently targeted recent Central American immigrants—at least some of whom were believed to be in the Mission, as well Ingleside, Oakland and Hayward. Many of the victims are said to have limited English language skills.
During the investigation, SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza says the department learned that Bugai “misled his victims to believe he was a police officer and bring his victims to his home where he would administer intoxicants, coerce them and/or force them into committing sexual acts.”
The statement also says that Bugai would allegedly put handcuffs on his victims and tell them that they would be deported if they tried to report him to the police.
The SFPD arrested Bugai on July 10 with a warrant from the District Attorney. He’s currently being held at San Francisco County Jail, awaiting criminal charges.
The SFPD is urging anyone with information about this case to contact the department at 415-553-0123.