Police seek unknown man after female walkers, joggers attacked

By From page A1 | August 20, 2014

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This sketch provided by the Fairfield Police Department shows a man suspected of preying on women as they walk and jog in Fairfield. (Fairfield Police Department/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Police are seeking the community’s help in identifying a man suspected of preying on women while they’re out walking or jogging.

The man is described as a white male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slim build, narrow jawline, light brown to reddish hair, a thin beard and short hair.

Three separate incidents were reported the weekend of Aug. 2-3. Police have searched for the man since then, with no success.

The man in the first incident approached a woman who was walking shortly after noon Aug. 2 on the Linear Park Trail near Northwood Drive and Lopes Road. Police said he tried to talk to her, but the woman continued walking. As she did so, police said the man made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature.

They did not detail the specific comments.

A second incident of a more-serious nature was reported about 15 minutes later and involved a teen girl.

The 16-year-old was jogging on a walking trail near Oakbrook Drive in the Cordelia Villages area of Fairfield when a man approached her from behind. Police said the man asked for directions, and then sexually assaulted the teen. She fought back and the man fled.

Police said the girl was not injured and ran to her home nearby, where she called police with the help of a relative. Several officers, including a K-9 and a California Highway Patrol air unit, responded and searched for the man, but did not find him.

A third incident was reported at around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the area of Lopes Road and Summer Grove Drive. Police said a woman who was jogging was approached from behind by a man who sexually assaulted her.

Police said Tuesday night that they believe the incidents are related and that they involve the same man. They released a sketch of the man, in addition to the narrative description.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • Joseph D. JoyceAugust 20, 2014 - 1:10 am

    Glen, this makes me question whether you received the press release from the PD the same time as myself...I had spoken with you on the 4th to make sure that the DR was going to report these assaults ASAP. This information should've been reported weeks ago. Thank goodness someone else wasn't victimized throughout the failed, covert, investigation, that has allegedly taken place over the past two weeks. I hope you're not a part of our lack of transparency!

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  • MarieAugust 20, 2014 - 5:33 am

    Mr. Joyce Not sure why the DR didn't do the story earlier but my greater concern is why it took the PD so long to formally release it. If you happened to be a member (or know about) of one of the Cordelia/ Green Valley Facebook pages you at least had some warning. I still see women out on their own along the trails & hope they're staying alert

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  • GemmaAugust 20, 2014 - 8:08 am

    How much do you want to bed this creeper is on probation, with many violations? I was gonna say "Supervised Release" or Parolee, but he's too young. I'll say that in a couple years when the paper runs a story a month later that the same man assaulted more women.

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  • P.J.August 20, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Wait a minute! Are these the same incidents which caused the arrest of a man named Andrew Gates? His picture was posted in the paper that he was arrested, and the description of the incidents sound exactly the same. The street where he lives was even stated. If Andrew was questioned and released I never read about it. I would like to know about that, after all....a young man's face was plastered in the paper stating he was arrested. Please let me know what happened to Andrew!!! His family has got to be so hurt!!!

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  • P.J.August 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

    I was able to put in the name: Andrew Gates and the story of his arrest was in the paper July 25th. The incidents in question were in the Rolling Hills and Paradise Valley area. NOW! We have the story of 2 more incidents in the Cordeila area. Is it possible there is a very serious threat out there? These incidents sound exactly the same!! Still, I would like to know what has happened to Andrew Gates!

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  • AnonymousAugust 20, 2014 - 10:01 am

    I know Andrew gates got out on bail last week.

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  • Susan SAugust 20, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    I just looked up a picture of Andrew Gates from his early arrest that was posted in the Daily Republic. Looks remarkably close to me...enough that I would be checking on his whereabouts

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  • SAugust 20, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Dear P.J. According to the Solano Court website, Gates bailed out on July 29th and is next due in court on Sept 15th. I've not seen a picture of Gates, so don't know if it's close.

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  • jcAugust 20, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    If you google Andrew Gates Fairfield, you'll get several hits for an article with his picture. I tried posting the link but for some reason my comment never got published.

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  • SusanAugust 20, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Google his name. It brings up the Daily republic report of the earlier arrest and his picture is posted. Looks pretty close to me!

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  • Annie TylerAugust 20, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Simple lesson: Don't walk around in Solano County at night. If you must (for work or otherwise), don't travel alone or bring a weapon, like pepper spray or a knife. Cheap effective pepper spray can be made with a few simple household items rather than spending up to $20 or more on the real thing.

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  • PaqkleaderAugust 20, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    As a black man..I surely cannot walk around solano county with a weapon..would be punching my own ticket..

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  • justmeAugust 20, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    HAHAHA paqkleader....that is funny...don't even pull out your wallet

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  • 2realAugust 20, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    Thats crazy when i was young i had it basically thrown at me

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