San Francisco police arrest man who allegedly kidnapped, sexually assaulted 74-year-old

A 74-year-old woman remains hospitalized nearly two weeks after authorities said she was kidnapped and raped inside of a home in San Francisco.

According to court documents, the 74-year-old a woman was walking to a friend’s house on May 10 when she was kidnapped off the sidewalk around 8:00 a.m. on Prague and Curtis Streets near McLaren Park. Police said the victim reported that she was forced into a house and sexually assaulted over a period of four to five hours. 

Police have arrested 47-year-old Manuel Amador of San Francisco after serving a search warrant at his home on May 17. Court documents said Amador is accused of dragging the elderly woman down his driveway to a side door near the garage. A pit bull belonging to Amador’s roommate reportedly bit the woman multiple times on her feet, her ankle, and her left hip before she was forced into a room and pushed on the bed. 

The woman tried to fight off her attacker, but was unable to get away, according to the court documents. They also state the woman recalls being strangled, raped, and sexually assaulted multiple times. Amador reportedly admitted to the rape and told investigators the woman lost consciousness for about 30 minutes. Amador is also accused of dressing the woman and dragging her back outside where he reportedly left her on the sidewalk without a cell phone, keys, or shoes. 

“The victim was found on the sidewalk by passersby,” Rueca said. “Medics came and brought her to San Francisco General Hospital. We are glad that she is alive so she can tell us what happened. We have a suspect in custody and hopefully he is brought to justice.”

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is recommending Amador be held without bail, according to spokesman Max Szabo. 

“Due to the egregious nature of the charged defenses in this case we felt it was very appropriate to file a motion to detain the defendant pretrial,” Szabo said.

Szabo said that despite the horrific nature of this crime, the overall violent crime rate in San Francisco remains at record lows.

Amador is believed to have no prior criminal history. He’s set to appear in court on Thursday where is facing numerous charges including rape and kidnapping. 

Police said the case remains an active an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.