San Francisco police said they have identified the victim of a possible sexual assault on June 18 at 19th and Capp streets. Investigators have also found similarities between the previously unreported incident and a sexual assault that was reported on June 15.
Police said they started an investigation after Mission Local published an interview with the alleged victim.
Mission Local spoke to Inspector John Keane about the incident on Thursday outside of Bender’s Bar and relayed information that was already publicly available on the Mission Local website. At no point did the reporter tell the investigator the alleged victim’s name.
In the June 15 incident, which occurred on Erie Alley near 13th Street, a woman was approached from behind by two men who grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her, police said.
In both incidents, the women were attacked by two men. One was described as short, possibly 5 feet 4 inches, and the other taller, about 5 feet 10 inches. The men were described as a Hispanic and an African American, or two Hispanic males.
Police have assigned additional investigators to the case to determine whether there is any connection between the two incidents. Mission Police Station has also increased patrols in the area.
The San Francisco Police Department is asking anyone who has information about either of these incidents to contact the SFPD by calling the anonymous tip line, 415-575-4444, or texting a tip via mobile phone to TIP411; type SFPD followed by your message. To report a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress, call 911.