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Livemore Man Arrested in Series of Sexual Battery Attacks on Female Joggers

LIVERMORE (CBS SF) -- Police in Livermore arrested a man this week suspected in a series of sexual batteries of female joggers along a running trail.

Since early December, Livermore police have been investigating sexual batteries on women jogging near the running trail on East Avenue and S. Vasco Road. Police said the two-month investigation ultimately led to the identification of 35-year-old Livermore resident Willie Richardson as the sole suspect in the crimes.

On Tuesday, police arrested Richardson during a traffic stop without incident. A search warrant was served at his home and detectives recovered items linking the suspect to the assaults, police said.

Livermore sexual assault arrest suspect Willie Richardson
Livermore police arrest suspect Willie Richardson, January 18, 2022. (Livermore Police Department)

Richardson was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on charges of felony sexual battery and felony assault with intent to commit a serious sex crime.

In a prepared press statement, Livermore Police Chief Jeramy Young said, "I'm proud of our team who worked tirelessly to identify the suspect and do our part to bring this suspect to justice. Now our community can rest a little easier knowing this man has been arrested."

Livermore police said more information about the case would be released at a later date.

The department was working with surrounding law enforcement agencies to identify any additional victims. Anyone with information about similar incidents was asked to call the department's anonymous tip line at (925) 371-4790.


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