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According to SFPD, a man sought in a November Mission sexual assault struck again this week, in what police are describing as a “very violent crime.”

A woman was sexually assaulted and beaten after a man followed her down 24th Street from South Van Ness Avenue to Potrero Avenue sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on November 18, police said.

He eventually demanded money from the victim, and when she did not give him any money, he grabbed her and took her to another location nearby.

The man then choked, punched, slapped and sexually assaulted the victim before fleeing on foot.

SFPD believes that this same man was responsible for an early morning sexual assault and robbery Thursday morning at 24th and Fair Oaks streets, an SFPD spokesperson told the Ex.

According to Noe Valley, SF, the Fair Oaks Community Coalition says that “The SFPD cordoned off the northwest corner during their investigation, and the fire department was later called to wash blood from the sidewalk. [A neighbor] who lives across the street found a bloody undergarment in shrubs near her home and gave it to the police, who have classified this as a ‘very violent crime,’ and are giving it their utmost attention.”

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-30s with a medium to light complexion standing between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall. He has a round, clean-shaven face, large eyes, a round nose and thick lips, police said.

In the first attack, he was wearing athletic apparel including a light gray hoodie with a front zipper, blue cotton running pants and tennis shoes, possibly in shades of black and white, according to police. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark pants in Thursday’s attack, police said.

Investigators also found surveillance footage of the suspect and released a photo (you can see it above), and are asking the public for help in identifying him.

Anyone with information about the attacks or the suspect is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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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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  • sweetauntie

    Oh my, oh my………….I live in this neighborhood and people are scared. EVERYONE is talking about this and asking what they can do to help. While one realizes that, horrifically, this can and does happen anywhere at all, when it happens to your neighbors and friends it becomes ‘personal’. Please, please, please be hyper aware of your surroundings when walking alone and it is dark (or anytime, really). PLEASE do not listen to your ipod and/or have your eyes glued to your cell. We all see this everyday, people completely oblivious to their surroundings…..my heart just bleeds. The police in the neighborhood have been amazing, saturating the streets , undercover and otherwise. Local businesses are taking a very personal role in this, keeping their eyes out in a way that I have not seen in a long time. Folks, let us all see the New Year together, happy and healthy.

  • sweetauntie

    Oh my, oh my………….I live in this neighborhood and people are scared. EVERYONE is talking about this and asking what they can do to help. While one realizes that, horrifically, this can and does happen anywhere at all, when it happens to your neighbors and friends it becomes ‘personal’. Please, please, please be hyper aware of your surroundings when walking alone and it is dark (or anytime, really). PLEASE do not listen to your ipod and/or have your eyes glued to your cell. We all see this everyday, people completely oblivious to their surroundings…..my heart just bleeds. The police in the neighborhood have been amazing, saturating the streets , undercover and otherwise. Local businesses are taking a very personal role in this, keeping their eyes out in a way that I have not seen in a long time. Folks, let us all see the New Year together, happy and healthy.

  • missionsf

    The police specifically ask that this story not be put into the news. Way to go SF appeal. If you put it in the news the man is likely to start attacking in another area of the city and then it will be that much harder to find him.

  • missionsf

    The police specifically ask that this story not be put into the news. Way to go SF appeal. If you put it in the news the man is likely to start attacking in another area of the city and then it will be that much harder to find him.

  • Eve Batey

    Dear missionsf: I’m not sure why you’d say the police asked that this story not be published, since the very first link in this article is to a bulletin sent by the police to the public. On the contrary, the SFPD is not asking that this story be kept out of the news, they are specifically asking the media to alert the public.

  • Eve Batey

    Dear missionsf: I’m not sure why you’d say the police asked that this story not be published, since the very first link in this article is to a bulletin sent by the police to the public. On the contrary, the SFPD is not asking that this story be kept out of the news, they are specifically asking the media to alert the public.