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Rape Suspect Faces Trial for 3 Assaults
A Mission District resident has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the brutal rapes of three women, one on a dark Noe Valley street last December.
The suspect, Frederick Dozier Jr., 32, faces 24 felony counts, including attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, and sexual assault. A trial date has not been scheduled.
“Today, we are one step closer in keeping this violent predator off of our streets for the rest of his life,” District Attorney George Gascon said following Dozier’s May 14 preliminary hearing.
Dozier, who is being held without bail, was arrested Jan. 6, a month after a woman in her early 30s was raped and severely beaten while walking on Fair Oaks Street near 24th Street. The attack, which occurred around 6 a.m. on Dec. 18, followed two other early-morning assaults along the 24th Street corridor.
In the earliest incident, Dozier allegedly raped and robbed a woman at 2:50 a.m. on June 17 in the vicinity of 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The second victim was beaten, robbed, and raped Nov. 18 at 4 a.m. near 24th Street and Potrero Avenue.
Following an anonymous tip, San Francisco police arrested Dozier near his home at the Bernal Dwellings apartment complex at Cesar Chavez Street and Treat Avenue.
The attacks alarmed and galvanized the neighborhood. Community members sent out email alerts, posted fliers, and organized safety meetings at St. James Church and Upper Noe Recreation Center.
The Fair Oaks Community Coalition launched a Survivors Fund to benefit the victims, which eventually raised $15,900. Fair Oaks Coalition member Blair Moser delivered the final checks last month to the district attorney’s office. The money will be divided equally among the three survivors.
—Corrie M. Anders
David Latterman on the Presidential Race
Political analyst David Latterman will address the Noe Valley Democratic Club at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., between Elizabeth and 24th streets.
Latterman, president of Fall Line Analytics, will discuss the issues expected to play a role in the fall presidential campaign and in state and local elections.
Topics will likely include the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Healthcare Act, President Obama’s latest stand on gay marriage, and the specter of round two of the debt-ceiling crisis, says Molly Fleischman, vice president of the club. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk.
Latterman has more than a decade of experience analyzing data for political campaigns, government agencies, and public service organizations. Last fall he managed the campaign of David Chiu for mayor. He is associate director of the master of political affairs program and of the Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service at the University of San Francisco.
The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For information, call 415-641-5838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.