Sex offender accused of assaulting student
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
(08-31) 17:49 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A registered sex offender sexually assaulted a 21-year-old foreign exchange student after kidnapping her as she was sightseeing on Treasure Island over the weekend, San Francisco police said Monday.
Alex Thomas Owen, 41, of San Francisco was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, within hours of the attack, said Sgt. Lyn Tomioka, a police spokeswoman. Police were able to track him because he had given the woman his identification, which she was still gripping when she fled from his car, investigators said.
Owen approached the woman around dawn on Treasure Island and offered her a ride in his 1993 Lincoln Town Car, Tomioka said. It was not clear where he offered to take her or how she had gotten there.
The woman was reluctant, but Owen gave her his identification to reassure her, police said.
Once the woman got in, Owen drove to the Twin Peaks area and demanded sex, police said. When the woman refused, he allegedly struck and sexually assaulted her.
Tomioka said the woman managed to escape with Owen's ID and called police. Officers from the Park Station located Owen in the Ashbury Heights neighborhood, Tomioka said.
Officers arrested Owen and seized his car, Tomioka said.
Owen has been working as a carpenter. Tomioka said he has a criminal record in Nevada and is registered as a sex offender in San Mateo County and San Francisco.
The California Megan's Law Web site shows that Owen was convicted in January 1994 of engaging in lewd conduct with a minor and served six years in prison. He was convicted in Nevada, police say.
Nevada prison records show that Owen was subsequently convicted of assault and coercion and was released in 2007.
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This article appeared on page C - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle
교환학생으로 미국에 온 한국인 여성이 지난 주말 캘리포니아주 샌프란시스코 인근에서 미 백인 남성에 의해 납치당한 뒤 가까스로 탈출했던 사실이 알려졌다.
4일 샌프란시스코크로니클 등에 따르면 현지 경찰 조사결과 지난달 29일 오전 샌프란시스코 동쪽 `트레저 아일랜드'에서 관광을 하던 한인 여학생에게 백인 남성 알렉스 오웬(41)이 접근, 자신의 차량에 태워주겠다고 제안했다.
오웬은 여학생이 꺼려하자 자신의 ID(신분증)� 건네며 안심시킨 뒤 1993년형 링컨 타운카에 여학생을 태우고 샌프란시스코 시내로 향했다. 오웬은 트윈파크 주변에 도착한 뒤 여학생에게 갑자기 성관계를 요구했으며 여대생이 거절하자 주먹으로 때리고 성폭행했다고 경찰은 설명했다.
여학생은 오웬의 차량에서 뛰어내려 가까스로 탈출, 현지 경찰에 신고했고 경찰은 여학생이 갖고 있던 ID 정보를 근거로 수 시간 만에 오웬을 체포하고 차량을 압수했다.
목수로 일해 온 오웬은 네바다주에서 미성년자와의 음란 행위와 성폭행 등 혐의로 유죄 선고를 받고 복역한 전력이 있으며 2007년 석방된 것으로 전해졌다.