On Tuesday, a San Francisco jury convicted Frederick Dozier Jr. on 25 felony counts including kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery in connection with a string of brutal rapes that shocked the Mission District last year.
Dozier, 31, was convicted of three separate early morning attacks along the 24th Street corridor stretching from mid-June through early December. In all three cases, Dozier physically assaulted the woman before raping them.
The attacks became more and more violent over time. In the final incident, so much blood spilled onto the sidewalk that the fire department had to be called in to clean it off.
"For six months, women in the Mission District lived in fear because of this violent predator,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón in a statement. "This conviction sends a message that violence against women is unacceptable and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
"This is someone that does not belong on our streets," Gascón added to CBS San Francisco after the verdict was read. "Frankly, he's an animal."
Dozier was tracked down using footage from surveillance cameras and arrested at his home inside the Bernal Dwellings Housing Projects, located only a few blocks away from where the assaults took place.
Police investigators linked Dozier to DNA samples found at the scene of the crimes and the San Francisco Examiner reports that Dozier admitted to encountering all three women on the nights the attacks took place.
At the time of his arrest, Dozier was working as a part-time student nutrition services worker at San Francisco Unified School District.
"The criminal assaults with which he is charged have no connection to his duties or responsibilities as a student nutrition services worker and were not directed toward children," SFUSD spokesperson Gentle Blythe wrote in an email to the Bay Citizen. "His criminal actions occurred outside the school district."
Dozier's sentencing is scheduled for December 14 and he faces up to life in prison.