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Trial for Mission rape suspect could begin this week

Trial for Mission rape suspect could begin this weekOpening statements for the trial of Frederick Dozier Jr. could begin as early as Wednesday this week. Dozier is being charged with raping, beating and robbing three women in Mission district last year and could face life in prison.

According to Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian, jury selection was ongoing Friday.

Dozier is accused of raping three women between June through December 2011. The vicious assaults took place along the 24th Street corridor June 17, November 18 and December 8. According to police reports, each attack was vicious that the last and put the entire neighborhood on edge. The residents of Mission expressed their relief after Dozier was arrested.

The first incident occurred near 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue about 2:50 am on June 17 when the assailant reportedly covered the woman’s mouth, dragged her to a nearby driveway and assaulted and robbed her before fleeing.

The second incident took place on November 18 at 24th Street and Potrero Avenue about 4 am. The assailant choked and punched the woman before sexually assaulting and robbing her before he fled from the scene.

The third incident took place near 24th and Fair Oaks street about 6:20 pm on December 8 when the assailant choked his victim until she became unconscious. He also reportedly punched her when she woke up, sexually assaulted her and slammed her face into the sidewalk before he fled with her bag.

Dozier was arrested in January this year when a citizen tipped off the authorities. He faces 24 felony counts in connection with the three attacks. Dozier stays in custody on no-bail status.

According to a police inspector, Dozier admitted to the attacks in a preliminary hearing. The investigators also matched his DNA with evidence at the crime scenes.

Earlier to his arrest, Dozier was employed at the San Francisco Unified School District as a part-time student nutrition services worker. He has also worked for Green Streets, a janitorial services company.

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