Police have released a sketch of the suspect in an attempted rape that occurred on Jan. 6 at 23rd and Guerrero streets.

The victim told police that the attack happened at 2:40 a.m. as she was walking westbound on 23rd Street toward Church. The suspect saw her and started walking toward her. As he got closer, she noticed that he was staring at her, police said.

The victim said she tried to get away from the suspect but he lunged at her, grabbing her head and throwing her to the pavement. The suspect then straddled her and slammed her head onto the concrete, according to police. During the struggle, the victim was able to scream for help.

Someone nearby heard her screaming, looked out the door and yelled at the suspect to leave the victim alone. The suspect then ran eastbound on 23rd toward Valencia Street.

Authorities described the suspect as an Asian or Hispanic male, 25 years of age, 5’10”, 160 pounds, with a buzz haircut and slight beard growth. He was wearing a dark hooded shirt and dark pants.

If you have any information, you can contact the San Francisco Police Department anonymously at 415-575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411; type SFPD at the beginning of the message.

Hélène Goupil

Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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