Man Found Guilty of Vicious Sexual Assault Faces Life in Prison
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
MAN FOUND GUILTY OF VICIOUS SEXUAL ASSAULT FACES LIFE IN PRISON
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a jury found Lamar S. Paschall, age 36, of San Francisco, guilty of 8 felonies, including forcible rape, sodomy, forcible oral copulation, assault with intent to commit rape, and kidnapping to commit robbery. He faces life in prison.
“This was one of the most grotesque and violent sexual assaults to occur in San Francisco in a long time,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “It took years to bring this man to justice, but I commend the police and the victim for their vigilance.”
According to court records, on January 6, 2002, the victim, a 20 year-old woman at the time, was walking home after work when she was approached by Defendant Paschall and another man, Kenneth Babers, near Golden Gate Avenue and Elm Alley. The two men engaged her in conversation and walked with her towards a darker part of the street.
During the conversation, Paschall approached the young woman from behind and gripped his hand around her face and instructed her to pull her pants down. Paschall then forced her to orally copulate Babers. The young woman vomited as she complied.
As Babers acted as a lookout, Paschall proceeded to rape the victim while threatening to kill her if she screamed. After the assault, Paschall and Babers forced her to walk to several ATM machines to withdraw money from her accounts. They made two transactions before walking to a doughnut shop where Paschall waited outside as the young woman and Babers entered the store. On their way out, the young woman came up with an excuse to go back inside. There she told the cashier that she had been raped. The cashier shut and locked the door and called the police.
Nearly four years passed before the DNA evidence collected on the young woman matched a source in 2006. The California Department of Justice notified the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) that a genetic match was identified as Paschall’s. SFPD officers attempted to locate the young woman to pursue charges against Paschall, but could not find her until 2011.
In 2011, an inspector assigned to the case obtained a search warrant for a DNA reference swab from Paschall. Paschall was located in 2011 and a genetic analysis of his DNA matched semen found from the rape exam of the young woman on the night of the attack nine years earlier. Paschall was arrested on January 4, 2012.
Kenneth Babers was sentenced to 26 years in state prison on January 8, 2018.
“All I did was ask a courageous and inspiring woman to come to court and speak her truth,” said Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai. “She deserves all the credit.”
The Honorable Jeffrey Ross presided. This successful prosecution is the result of an excellent investigation conducted by San Francisco Police Department Inspectors Dennis Martel and Daniel Everson. Special thanks go to District Attorney Inspector Lisette Souza, Victim Advocate Mirelle Raza, and Paralegal Nina Stellini. Additional recognition goes to Assistant District Attorneys Diane Knoles, Lili Nguyen, and Allison Macbeth for their pre-trial litigation assistance. Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai prosecuted the case.