Noe Valley Voice February 2013

Two Behind Bars in 2012

But New Assault Suspect Still at Large

By Corrie M. Anders


San Francisco Police provided this sketch of a suspect in the attempted sexual assault of a woman on 23rd Street at 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6.  See Letters for a detailed description circulated by the victim.     Sketch courtesy SFPD

Two men involved in separate but highly publicized crimes last year are in prison today. However, a man who attacked a woman on 23rd Street in early January remained the focus of an intense police search.

Frederick Dozier Jr., 33, is in the state penitentiary serving a sentence of 373 years to life on 25 felony counts, including attempted rape, kidnapping, and forced oral copulation.

The former cafeteria worker at James Lick Middle School was convicted after a two-week trial and sentenced Dec. 14 for the vicious sexual assault of a woman near Fair Oaks and 24th streets. The attack, which occurred Dec. 8, 2011, was the third such assault in six months along 24th Street from Fair Oaks to Potrero Avenue. Dozier was found guilty in all three cases.

Copper Thief Locked Up

Former 24th Street resident Dennis McGuire has started serving a three-year prison sentence for violating probation on a conviction of stealing valuable copper wire from Muni and a San Francisco business.

McGuire, 53, last year was given a five-year suspended sentence and three years of probation for the thefts. Prosecutors said he violated his probation by pinching water from a neighbor’s home because his own water utility had been shut off. A judge in December revoked the probation.

Neighbors had complained that McGuire’s home at 4267 24th St., which he sold in September for $1.3 million, had long been the scene of shady characters and loud disturbances.

Hunt for 23rd Street Attacker

Though Dozier was off the streets, police last month were searching for a man who attacked a 31-year-old woman near 23rd and Guerrero streets, slamming her head into the sidewalk and attempting to rape her.

The woman, who described the early a.m. Jan. 6 assault in an email warning to neighborhood residents (see this month’s Letters), fought her attacker while yelling for help. Her screams alerted nearby residents, and the attacker fled.

“I’m incredibly lucky that I had the strength to keep him from delivering a knockout blow and to fight for so long until someone came to help,” the woman wrote. “I’m walking away from this with a bruised eye, scratches on my face, road rash on my shoulder, and sore/bruised back, shoulders, jaw, and ribs. It could have been significantly worse.”

Police described the suspect as an Asian or Hispanic male about 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with a buzz haircut and slight beard growth. He was wearing a dark, hooded shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is urged to contact San Francisco Police at 415-575-4444 (anonymous tip line) or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” typed at the beginning of the message.