August 31, 2009
San Francisco Police Arrest Registered Sex Offender For Sexual Assault And Other Charges
San Francisco police have arrested a registered sex offender for kidnapping, assault, and sexual assault. Taken into custody August 29, 2009 at approximately 8:30 A.M. was Alex Thomas Owen, 41, of San Francisco. Owen was arrested after he kidnapped, assaulted, and sexually assaulted a 21-year-old female foreign exchange student earlier in the morning.
Owen approached the victim while she was sightseeing on Treasure Island and offered her a ride. To gain the victim's trust, the suspect allowed her to hold some ID cards belonging to the suspect. He eventually drove her to the Twin Peaks area in his 1993 Lincoln Town Car and demanded sex. When the victim refused, the suspect struck her and sexually assaulted her. The victim eventually managed to escape and called police.
Using the ID cards that were still in the victim's possession, SFPD inspectors and Park Station officers located Owen in the Ashbury Heights neighborhood. Police arrested him and seized his vehicle.
Owen has been charged with kidnapping, assault, and sexual assault. He remains in custody.
Police encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault to report the incident immediately.
For more information, please contact:.
Public Affairs Office
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229