SF Superior Court

Felon accused of ‘random’ kidnap/rape in Mission to appear in court

A felon who prosecutors say raped a woman in her mid-twenties making her way home on Valencia Street after a night out will appear in court tomorrow. Kevin Lindsey, 42, offered the victim a ride home but, instead, kidnapped her, took her to a dark alley, and committed a sexual assault.

Lindsey will appear in Department 20 of San Francisco Superior Court for a preliminary hearing. He is accused of rape and aggravated kidnapping arising from the incident on August 5, 2023.

Court documents allege the victim was walking home alone along Valencia Street from a Mission district bar when Lindsey pulled up alongside her and offered her a ride home. The victim agreed and gave the defendant her address only for it quickly to become apparent he was going in the wrong direction.

She was driven in to a dark alleyway, told that she wasn’t going home until she had sex with Lindsey, and then raped by him in the back seat of the car. “If you’re going to do this at least were a condom,” said the victim, whose pleas were ignored.

After the attack the defendant then drove to a gas station. When he got out of the car, the victim ran away and asked the driver of another vehicle for help. She was then driven away and notified police.

Lindsey was detained on September 7, one month after the attack. His substantial criminal record includes arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, battery, DUI, resisting arrest and drug possession.

“[The] defendant randomly selected his victim and took her to a secluded place to attack her,” Assistant District Attorney Danielle Lee Hilton previously told the court in a motion to detain.

“[E]vidence shows that defendant’s release poses a substantial likelihood of great bodily injury to others.”

At an earlier hearing on September 27, Judge Victor Hwang granted a motion to detain, finding “by clear and convincing evidence that releasing the defendant or using less restrictive alternatives to incarceration would not reasonably protect the public or the victim.”

The only apparent reference to this incident made public by authorities was a bare statistic located on page 21 of a 38-page ‘newsletter’ published by Mission District police station. Consisting mainly of boilerplate advice on avoiding crime, the newsletter also contains statistics which imply an attempt at transparency but which furnish no additional details or means to obtain them.

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