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10 AM: Appeal reporter Chris Roberts was apparently glued to Twitter last night, as the Beach/Park Chalet-adjacent area of Golden Gate Park was, in his words, “crawling with cops.”

The reason? According to broadcast media reports, around 10 PM last night, police were called to the area behind Park Chalet after a reported sexual assault on a woman. They discovered the woman unconscious and suffering from head injuries, who was taken to the hospital.

Police have been searching the area since, and have detained two men “for questioning” — they’re reportedly looking for two more.

10:55 AM: More details from Bay City News — the incident, they, report happened around 9 PM Monday night, in what sounds like the area commenter blooms referred to as “dark and isolated” and “concealed by brush and cannot be seen from the road.”

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the woman had been at the restaurant with friends and family since about 4 PM, and the group had dispersed in different directions shortly after 9.

When a female friend went to check on the woman, she heard some moaning in the bushes behind the chalet. She went and told a male relative of the woman, who went to find her, using his cell phone to light the way, Esparza said.

“It was 70 feet back, and it was pitch dark,” Esparza said. The relative found three men near the woman, who was lying on the ground, and a fourth man standing nearby.
The relative confronted them, and they ran off, Esparza said.

Police searched the area and detained two men for questioning, but they were not arrested, Esparza said.

The woman was hospitalized for minor injuries to her head.

Police are still investigating the details of the incident.

“It’s not a confirmed sexual assault,” said Esparza. “We’re still trying to gather that information to make a determination.”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • bloomsm

    A pathway runs from Lincoln to the Beach Chalet, behind the soccer fields and adjacent to the Great Highway. It is concealed by brush and cannot be seen from the road. By day, it is busy with joggers, soccer players, walkers and street people. At night, street lighting is directed at the Great Highway and the pathway is shrouded in darkness. It is a dark and isolated place late at night.

  • indoorcamping

    I’m freaked out walking home through the park, even on the main paths, as soon as the sun sets. I tell myself I’m paranoid. I have a friends in the Middle East, Syria, Lebanon, who say I’m right- they feel so much safer in other “scary” countries. Hearing the sirens last night made me feel less paranoid, but I don’t want to be right. I don’t want my friends to be right, either.

    Still hate cops? Really?

  • renegade

    GGPark at night is treacherous, from OB to Baker. Slightly better during daytime.