Man Sexually Assaulted at Gunpoint in Tam Valley

Suspect still at large.

Editor's note, the story originally reported the victim was a female, this was incorrect. The victim was a male.

Police are searching for a large build black male, after a man was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Tam Valley Thursday night.

The victim told investigators that a black male suspect ordered him to drive from a parking lot of the Marin Community College area, at about 8:00 p.m., to a neighborhood in Southern Marin, Tam Valley, where he reportedly sexually assaulted him at gunpoint.

Marin County Sheriffs report the victim was able to run away and call for help and was treated at a local hospital for their injuries.

The suspect is described as black male, approximately 6’-6’2”, and heavy set- about 220- 235 pounds.

The Sheriff’s Department and Marin Community College District Police Department are continuing to investigate all leads.

Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 415-473-7233. To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
Bubba six pack January 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Looks like Lindsay is deleting comments that she doesn't agree with. This one will get deleted too.
victoria sanders January 26, 2014 at 02:27 PM
No I am saying the chances of being able to defend yourself from a surprise attack are not improved with a gun.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 27, 2014 at 01:17 PM
The odds of "talking" a criminal with a firearm out of harming you is lower than that of getting hit by satellite debris. There is a significant percentage of the county, country, and world population for whom their own use of violence is as natural as breathing, and their first response to anything and everything. Unilateral disarmament, whether personal or national, is suicide. Judge not other by how you act, judge others by how they act.
victoria sanders January 27, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Ok let's say you happen to have a gun in your pocket. In real life the chances of you being able to stop a criminal are very low. The odds of you going to jail for a crime increase. You are aware that one thing stops someone for taking over your whole house are a very thin pieces of glass. So unless you live with bars on the windows and loaded guns at every entry point you are not doing enough. I know how others can act. I have been raped. I don't have any delusion that I can stop a person who is going to commit this kind of crime. It is a very small number of people who commit sexual crimes. If we get them off the streets then our world would be safer. The act of carrying a gun is not going to keep you safe. I would say the odds of that are about the same as getting hit by satellite debris. How many of you wanna be cops with guns have stopped a crime? Still waiting to hear about all the crimes you have stopped. What is that, oh just crickets.
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Victoria, I agree with the fact that if the bad guy gets the drop on you, it's over. But, my point is mostly math.. Bad guys will think twice before committing any crime if most citizens conceal a weapon, because he is outnumbered the situation never takes place.
victoria sanders January 27, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Well let's say that bad guys are not really thinking that much about the people involved in the crimes they commit. If they were the type to think twice they would not be criminals. Can you show me some study that shows the criminals don't commit crimes if they THINK the other people have guns. If these guns are not out in the open how do you know they stopped a crime?
True American January 27, 2014 at 02:55 PM
We need to assert our rights to carry guns, and we need to be pro active in defending ourselves against these people. If a person approaches you and doesn't look like he need directions to a tanning salon, pull out you gun and "stand your ground". If he comes into your space, go Zimmerman on him. These people need to know we are packing too. Of course, if you voted for his bro for president, bring a jar of Vaseline, and just go to a happy place. When it's over, join the Tea Party and fight back.
Mirna Alfonso (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Folks please keep it clean or your comments will be flagged as inappropriate and deleted.
victoria sanders January 27, 2014 at 05:27 PM
You are kidding right? No one can take your racist comment seriously. You only make yourself look like a backward hillbilly. One thing you are not is a True American. You are a product of Fox News and the homophobic, racist Tea Party agenda. Turn off the TV and read a good newspaper you might be cured. To the chicken that won't put their name up but recommends this racist comment you are lower than the poster. Hey can you people who feel like this wear your tin foil hats so the rest of us know who you are.
Bubba six pack January 27, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Mirna and Victoria- I don't like True American any more than you do, but free speech is the cornerstone of our democracy. Our forefathers spilled blood for this right, and holding yourself out as judge, jury, and executioner smacks of anarchy. The price of freedom is duty, and I served. It bothers me to see uneducated, ignorant people post, but as the man said "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer". If this is the way his people think, then we need to redouble our efforts in the next election. P.S.- please keep the comment- we need to know how they think.
victoria sanders January 27, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Bubba I also served in the Army in 1975-76 era. I did not spill blood on the battlefield, I lost a bit of my soul when I was raped on active duty. When I see people post comments about rape I try to give them the truth. The truth is if someone is going to assault or rob you even if you have a gun pulled chances are you are still going to lose. Why? Because you don't know what the predator knows and that is what will happen next. These sexual predators have this thought out, it not just random, they have a plan. Most likely it is not their first crime. So back to my point about the lack of law enforcement to process rape kits. This is a way to find these people. To hold them accountable for all their crimes. Right now they have a free pass. They count on the fact that the crimes they committed can be plead down to lesser crimes, spend a short time in prison get out and start all over. But now they are smarter, they have learned how not to get caught. As long as people think having a gun will keep you safe the criminals will keep going. I would really like to hear about one case of someone stopping a crime because they had a gun. Still waiting for that great story. While I agree that freedom of speech is a right that I raised my right hand to defend. I cannot sit by and listen to racist remarks about anyone. When someone invokes the Tea Party I know that the brain cells are not working. Yes Fox News even has a right to keep spreading the hate and lies. I have a duty to speak up and if you think my expressing my view smacks of anarchy maybe you need to read the other comments here.
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 07:17 PM
That took me 2sec to find. do your own research next time.
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Nobody said anything about racism here. Victoria, casting dispersions of racism won't work here. That is a accusation of someone who is loosing the fight, and is insulting that you need to reach that low. You mam, are a Liberal nut job. I am deeply sorry that you were raped, but that is not a good enough reason to deny the ability for good people to protect themselves with a gun.
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Hopkin January 27, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Al, Victoria was probably referring to True American's wording of "his bro", "go Zimmerman", and "doesn't look like he need directions to a tanning salon". Hopefully she will figure out soon enough to just ignore him.
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Hop, I got that but that context was not enough to bash on him. Victoria, turn off Allan Combs and Pierce Morgan, they are rotting your brain.
novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 09:26 PM
"I would really like to hear about one case of someone stopping a crime because they had a gun". Plenty of stories - just search the internet, not the mainstream liberal media. NRA monthly magazine features several of these stories, giving their town and names of the perps for you too look up. True American smells like a Troll created by someone who is bored and spends way too much time here (Bubba?) trying to impune the Tea Party movement. Anytime you see Tea Party and racist statements you can bet they are a liberal plant.
novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 09:46 PM
I have to say that defeatist talk coming from Victoria about the usefulness of firearms as a means of protection has me thinking that convincing herself that there is nothing one can do to prevent being hurt is part of her coping mechanism. "These sexual predators have this thought out"...not always, there are what's known as victims of opportunity, that's why dad's make sure their daughters don't dress like sluts, and insist they go places with friends, have a curfew, etc.. to minimize the risk..Get a firearm, practice with it, overcome your fear of it (if that applies to you) and you have a viable means of protecting yourself, at least at home or certain other times and places. Unfortunately, Marin's Sherriff doesn't grant concealed carry rights to civilians. But if you break into my house , you will likely meet your demise. I'm a light sleeper, and will hear you as you're coming in, plenty of time to create a "house-warming" party. And for the record, I have yet to see anyone on this Patch come up with a sound argument against the Tea Party platform, all I've heard is the sound of sheep in the distance crying "raaacist" "raaaacist". Does anyone know how to make a reasoned argument anymore? FACTS, not FEELINGS, please. P.S. "doesn't look like he need directions to a tanning salon" - that's pure Bubba - Troll Biker Sarcasm, you gave your new alter ego/ foil away, Buddy! LOL.
novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Someone who really thinks and talks like "True American" doesn't post on community blogs, you are witnessing a construct, a foil for a bored individual. He's way over the top, and real patriots aren't racist. We might be tired of the same stereotypes perpetuating themselves, but we welcome like minded of all races into the cause of taking back America for it's Constitutional foundation and individual liberties.
novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Jazz, Patron Tequila, spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove, and Novato Patch...what could be better?
novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Victoria, in answer to your question, I simply googled the answers you could find if you were truly open to the idea of firearms saving lives and protecting people. Lo and behold, here's the first results that google fed me for the search terms "firearms saved lives" from some fairly liberal and unquestionable sources including a white house-ordered commission / study: http://gunssavelives.net/browse-by-state/ some good facts below about guns saving women from violence: https://www.gunowners.org/sk0802htm.htm http://www.storyleak.com/woops-obama-ordered-gun-report-guns-save-lives/ http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2013/02/02/10-stories-that-prove-guns-save-lives-n1503549/page/full http://www.keepandbeararms.com/information/XcInfoBase.asp?CatID=43 http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/white-house-study-finds-guns-save-lives-consistently-lower-injury-rates-among-gun-using-crime-victims_06272013 http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/12/25/gun-free-zone-john-lott/1791085/
novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM
victoria sanders January 28, 2014 at 03:28 AM
Al, the quote in question is "If a person approaches you and doesn't look like he need directions to a tanning salon, pull out you gun and "stand your ground"." If that is not racist I don't know what is. I am not winning or losing here I am just here commenting on an article on the web. Novato 3per, As far as your rape prevention it is a myth. I was dressed in Army fatigues. It was noon in a busy building. I had the keys to all the guns in my pocket as I was raped. It was a simple "hey come here" from a fellow Army man who worked next door. I stepped into a busy hall and was surrounded by three men they backed me into room one pushed me inside while the other two put padlocks on the outside. It is not what you wear, how you act, or even having a gun. It is stopping the predator after the first crime that will stop rape. Yes there are cases of self protection I did over reach on that. There are also many stories of people having the gun they had for protection being used on them. Or stories of children getting guns and killing each other by accident. My feelings (I am not asking you to have the same feelings) are guns are not going to save you from rape. I also feel that if you thought someone going to rape you and you shot and killed them you would have legal problems trying to prove you were about to be raped or assaulted.
novato 3per January 28, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Victoria, I was talking about odds and statistics, not ruling out your situation. And, to be clear, I would never say someone deserved it no matter how they dress, however. it's about taking sensible measures to not draw unwanted attention. I agree, you were ambushed and outnumbered, and probably NOT allowed to have even carried a weapon on you - you mention keys to guns- clearly not the same as having one on you. (This foolish non opne carry law on military bases has resulted in death of servicemen from several mass shootings recently )I'm appalled that this act was committed on you by your fellow servicemen. They will get theirs if they haven't already. I would certainly agree that an inanimate gun will not solve all your problems nor always prevent crime by your mere possession of it. I certainly agree that if one hesitates or is not truly able to take a criminals life to protect their own , they WILL hesitate, and yes, it will be taken from them when the criminals see that. I bet you could pull the trigger now. Yes, you would always need to be able to articulate why you used a weapon to defend yourself. Any firearm owner MUST be responsible and take ALL precautions to store them safely. would rather be judged by a jury of 12 than carried by 6.
Lindsey Hickman (Editor) January 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Incase anyone is interested, this is tonight. http://sananselmofairfax.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/nra-program-offering-firearms-training-in-san-rafael-sananselmofairfax
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr February 03, 2014 at 06:49 PM
The definition of intolerance is that MSNBC tweeted that conservatives are will hate the Super Bowl Cheerios commercial because it contained a mixed race couple. The left has redefined "racist" as anyone who has an opinion different than their own on any subject. Beware, be very aware. Only the left has a right to free speech.
victoria sanders February 03, 2014 at 08:14 PM
it is racist to say what said. The need to pull a gun on anyone who does "not need a tanning salon", that is not the way I live. That is not what I want people to think is the way people think around here.
Hopkin February 04, 2014 at 04:45 AM
Victoria, did you know that True American tried to have George Hamilton deported?
victoria sanders February 04, 2014 at 05:08 AM
Thanks for that answer, best one I have heard in a long time. May I quote you?


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