Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Transgender beating victim says she was sexually assaulted, too

A transgender woman who was beaten in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood two weeks ago is saying she was also sexually assaulted.

The 20-year-old woman, who goes by the name Mia Tu Mutch (pictured at left), told the Bay Area Reporter that she didn’t want to discuss any details of the assault, which she also mentioned in an April 11 Facebook post.

Police spokesman Sergeant Michael Andraychak didn’t say anything about a sexual assault when he spoke with the B.A.R. earlier this week about the April 1 beating, which occurred near 16th and Mission streets just after 10 p.m.

Andraychak said today (Friday, April 15), “There is a separate investigation being conducted related to a possible sexual assault,” but he couldn’t say more about what exactly happened.

The man suspected of sexually assaulting Tu Mutch is a 5 foot, 7 inch 30-year-old Hispanic male weighing 160 to 180 pounds with short, straight hair, according to Andraychak. The suspect has a well-groomed mustache and beard, an in-shape build, and was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt and black pants. He’s known to frequent the area of 16th and Mission, and sometimes has a backpack.

Alexandra Byerly, who witnessed part of the beating, said she didn’t see a sexual assault. She said she’d gone to get a towel to help Tu Mutch, who was on the ground bleeding.

“When I came back, this guy was comforting her, holding her,” said Byerly. However, she said, “Did I see him touching her places…? No.” Byerly said she was frantically urging bystanders to call the police and get an ambulance at the time.

She said at some point Tu Mutch, who’d held on to the man, asked him not to touch her anymore, and bystanders asked the man to stop touching her.

Byerly said she can’t remember what the man looked like.

Tu Mutch, 20, said the person who sexually assaulted her was not either of the two men who beat her, but she said the sexual assault happened immediately after the beating.

“There are so many violations against the body and spirit that happened to me that night,” said Tu Mutch. “… I’ve really never seen people behave so inhumanely to other people. I was really shocked so many people were watching and didn’t intervene on my behalf.”

Byerly said one bystander was making a video and “screaming nasty things,” like “fucking transvestites.” She said police told the man to leave.

Andraychak said there’s surveillance video that captured some of the incident but it won’t be released publicly. He didn’t know what it shows. He also said he hadn’t heard of anyone making a separate video of what happened, or anyone making transphobic remarks.

Andraychak, reviewing the police report, had said that the beating incident had started while Tu Mutch was texting on her phone. Tu Mutch said she’d been buying a Diet Coke from a nearby vendor.

Lionel Jackson, 32, and Maurice Perry, 37, pleaded not guilty April 6 in San Francisco Superior Court to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and robbery in the case.

They also face a misdemeanor hate crime charge, and Judge Jeffrey Ross ordered them to stay away from the area of 16th and Mission streets.

An anti-violence rally is set for 6 to 8 tonight at the 16th and Mission BART.

Andrayshak said witnesses to the sexual assault are encouraged to call the  (415) 553-1361 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. Anyone with information on the beating can call the special investigations unit at (415) 553-1133 or the anonymous tip line.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 15, 2011 @ 11:44 am PST
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