UPDATE: Here’s an update from the online U-T today:
25-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after police said he beat and sexually assaulted a woman in Ocean Beach. The victim was walking on Long Branch Avenue about 10:15 p.m. when the stranger ran up, grabbed her and attacked her, sex crimes Lt. Chuck Kaye said.
The woman fought with the man and screamed. Neighbors who heard her calls for help called police. Officers located the suspect a short distance away near Robb Field and took him into custody. He was returned to where the victim was being treated, and she positively identified him as her attacker.
Kaye said Richard Butts was booked into jail on four charges including sex assault and kidnapping. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
He said detectives will look at open sex assault cases to see if Butts is a suspect in any other attacks. Kaye declined to disclose the age of the victim.
Channel 8 News reported that there was an attempted rape on the 4800 block of Long Branch Avenue in Ocean Beach. The violent assault occurred on Sunday night – March 24th – when a male attacked a woman in her front yard.
Neighbors and witnesses came running to help her when the woman began screaming. The man ran off.
The suspect was then arrested by police near Robb Field and taken into custody.
The victim was taken to a hospital. There is no identification of either the victim or suspect.