Wanted Sex Assault Suspect Tied to 2 Violent Sex Assaults Has Violent Past: Docs

In a strange twist, investigators say police officers had the suspect in handcuffs after the second attack but weren't aware of the allegations until days later when the victim came forward.

A San Diego man wanted in connection with two violent sexual assaults has a lengthy criminal record, documents obtained by NBC 7 San Diego show. 

Jeremiah Williams, 24, is wanted for two recent attacks: the University City sex assault and another assault that happened the day after at a Motel 6, SDPD Capt. Brian Ahearn said. 

Court records show Williams has spent time in jail in San Diego and San Antonio for convictions for assault causing bodily injury and trying to dissuade a witness from testifying. He admitted to abusing his live-in girlfriend and was then charged with trying to keep her from testifying against him.

A District Attorney investigator wrote that he reportedly told his then-girlfriend that when she looks in the mirror, she would always remember him. 

He also has minor citations in Houston. 

Police had Williams in in handcuffs after the second attack but weren't aware of the allegations until days later when the victim came forward, in a strange twist. 

Williams is described as being 5-foot, 11-inches and 180 pounds. He has the numbers "210" tattooed on his right wrist and an outline of the State of Texas tattooed on his left forearm. He also has wings tattooed on both upper arms. 

Physical evidence from the scene of the first University City sex assault linked Williams as the suspect, Ahearn said. 

The University City sex assault happened on Saturday, Aug. 13 when a woman was attacked at the Venetian Condominiums on Nobel Drive.

The woman had been dropped off outside the complex around 10:30 p.m. and was walking to her apartment when she thought someone was following her.

Before the victim could unlock her door, the man knocked her to the ground and asked her for money at gunpoint. After giving him the money, the woman was dragged into her apartment where police say she was beaten and sexually assaulted.

Three days after that incident, San Diego Police were called to Sharp Memorial Hospital for a report of a separate attack. A 23-year-old woman told police she had been violently sexually assaulted on Sunday, Aug. 14 at  a Motel 6 on Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley.

"The suspect, who she had recently met, entered her room choked and sexually assaulted her and then hit her in the head with a hand gun," Ahearn said.

After the interview, sex crimes detectives went to the motel and collected evidence.

During their investigation, detectives found that officers initially responded to the incident at the motel as a report of a man hitting a woman. 

Witnesses told police Sunday night they heard the victim yell for help, and the suspect fled on foot.

The Motel 6 manager told NBC 7 that the victim smashed a window in the room and drove off in a car before police arrived at the scene. 

Authorities located the suspect in a nearby canyon with a hand gun, Ahearn said. Initial statements given to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers placed Williams at the scene, and he was cited with a misdemeanor gun charge and released.

It was only on Tuesday that police linked Williams as the suspect in the motel sex assault. 

The suspect remains at large; he is considered armed and dangerous. He has a criminal background in California and Texas. 

Anyone who sees Williams is asked to call 911. Police believe he is still in the San Diego area. 

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