SAN FRANCISCO—Authorities from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested the suspect involved in an assault that took place on Thursday, May 5. Officers from the SFPD arrested Adam Berglund, 30, on Friday, May 6, after he was detained by officials from the Central Police Station for matching the suspect description in Portsmouth Square Park.
According to a press release from the SFPD, at approximately, 10 a.m. on May 5, SF police officers responded to an assault that took place in the area of Webster and Buchanan Streets in the Northern District. Berglund had followed the 53 year-old female victim for several blocks before attacking her. The victim, whose name has not been disclosed to the public, was able to escape from the suspect without any injuries, but Berglund fled the scene and was seen traveling eastbound on Grove Street towards City Hall.
The SFPD released a description of the suspect who was described as a white male, with dark blonde hair, standing approximately6 feet to 6 feet and 3 inches tall. He was wearing a white long sleeve shirt with an orange vest. He was wearing white pants. The victim also alerted authorities that the clothing was dirty. Police investigators issued a “crime alert” within the police department and the Media Relations Unit issued the information to the news media asking for the public’s assistance to find the suspect.
An officer from Southern Police Station saw the crime alert and spotted the suspect from prior police contacts. They provided the suspect’s name, identifying information and that the suspect was known to frequent the Chinatown area. Officers had previously viewed both the crime alert and the email from the Southern Station officer and recognized the suspect as someone they had contacted in the past.
The victim was brought to the scene and she positively identified Adam Berglund, as her attacker. The suspect was transported to Central Police Station and later booked into San Francisco County Jail on the following charges: assault with intent to commit rape and sexual battery, both felonies.