Man Charged with 2 Counts of Sexual Assault for Cathedral Hill Rape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Arthur Ray Salinas, age 57, from Beaumont, Texas, was charged with two counts of sexual assault for raping a woman in the Cathedral Hill area.

“Last week, after thousands of people in San Francisco gathered in front of city hall and demanded an end to the violence against women, we had this monster commit horrific acts against a female resident,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This is unacceptable and we will aggressively charge this predator and hope he will spend the rest of his life where he belongs, in prison.”

According to court documents, around 11:00 PM on February 16th, the victim struck up a conversation with the suspect while making a purchase in a store on the 1400 block of Sutter Street. The victim and suspect left the store together, walking approximately one block away where the suspect forced the victim into a stairwell. Overpowering her, he violently attacked and sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled the scene and the victim returned home where her roommate called 911. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Further Investigation revealed the victim had picked up enough evidence from the crime scene to lead to the identification of the suspect. Northern Station officers and Investigators from the Special Victims Unit (SVU) canvassed the area of the attack and located the suspect, Arthur R. Salinas, 57, on the corner of Franklin and Sutter. Salinas has a warrant issued by the Texas Department of Corrections for a sexual offender parole warrant.

Salinas is charged with one count of rape, one count of forced oral copulation and one count of failing to register as a sex offender. He is also charged with kidnapping enhancement allegations. Additionally, the defendant is charged as a third strike candidate under California’s three strikes law and is facing life in prison. He was scheduled to appear in court this afternoon at 1:30pm in Department 11. His bail was set at 3 million dollars and his case was put over to February 25, 2013 in Dept. 11 for arraignment. Assistant District Attorney Kin Tong appeared on the case.
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