Man accused in Ocean Beach beating, sexual assault arrested

Richard Butts suspected in incident

SAN DIEGO - A 25-year-old man was in custody Monday on suspicion of jumping a pedestrian on an Ocean Beach roadside, then beating and sexually assaulting her.

A 911 caller reported hearing the woman screaming for help in the area of Bacon and Voltaire streets about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego police.

When witnesses ran to her aid, the alleged assailant, later identified as Richard Christopher Butts, bolted and fled toward Robb Field, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said. Patrol officers found him near the park a short time later and took him into custody.

Butts was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, sex assault and other charges. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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