A San Diego business leader said Tuesday he is offering up a $10,000 bounty for the arrest of a suspect in a string of North Park attacks to “set a tone to anyone who wants to vandalize or terrorize our neighborhood that it won’t be tolerated.”
“We’re going to do everything we can as San Diegans to stop it,” said Mark Arabo, president of the Neighborhood Market Association.
Arabo initially put up $15,000, but said that he reduced the amount because of a tax loophole that only allows tips to be anonymous when the reward is $10,000 or less.
Asked why he’s donating the large sum of money, Arabo said it’s because he has a wife and kids and does not tolerate crimes like what’s happened in North Park. He believes residents should have the luxury of walking in their neighborhood without being in fear.
“The message should be clear: “We will not tolerate anyone terrorizing our neighborhood,” he said.
Six attacks on women have been reported in the popular uptown neighborhood over the past three months, with the latest happening Aug. 28 when a woman walking by herself was knocked down from behind. It happened in an alley near Lincoln Avenue and Idaho Street.
The first attack in the series was reported on June 11, when a woman was thrown to the ground by an attacker on 33rd Street, according to the SDPD.
On June 17, police say two suspects were involved in an attack in the 3200 block of Meade Avenue. Four days later, a victim told police two men again attempted to assault her and pull off her clothes on Lincoln Avenue.
A woman was attacked from behind and knocked unconscious on June 24 while walking along Lincoln Avenue near Oregon Street.
On July 20, another woman was knocked unconscious while walking near Lincoln Avenue and Kansas Street around 1:20 a.m.