San Pablo police are looking for three men who allegedly kidnapped a man and a woman early Sunday morning and raped and assaulted the woman, San Pablo police Detective Sgt. Dave Lewellyn said today.
The two victims, a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, had taken BART into San Francisco on Saturday night to meet some friends and go to several clubs in the city.
They had too much to drink and were intoxicated when they left a club sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday, police said. At that point, BART had already stopped running for the night and the two friends, both Alameda County residents, started looking for a ride back to the East Bay, Lewellyn said.
They eventually met some strangers on the street and got into their vehicle willingly, possibly believing they were going to get a ride home, Lewellyn said.
At some point, however, the victims realized that the three men were not driving them home.
Instead, the suspects drove the victims to Richmond, where they punched the male victim and kicked him out of the vehicle and then drove away with the woman still inside, Lewellyn said.
The male victim called Richmond police at 2:48 a.m. to report what had happened.
While Richmond police were investigating the incident, San Pablo police received a call reporting that a woman was knocking on doors in the 1400 block of Yuba Avenue asking for help.
The woman told police she had been assaulted and raped by one of the three men.
She wasn’t exactly sure where the attack happened because she is not familiar with the area, but investigators believe it was near where she was found, Lewellyn said.
The suspects were three men between 25 and 30 years old. Police were not releasing a description of their vehicle today because they were still actively investigating the case.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the San Pablo Police Department’s investigations unit at (510) 215-3152 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (510) 779-8255