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SFPD Release Sketch of Suspect in Beating of Couple at Duboce Triangle Neighborhood

Police said new foot beat officers, a rapid-response unit and a dedicated investigator will all be part of a plan to increase safety in the neighborhood.

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    Police have released a sketch of a man who allegedly beat a married couple in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood. Jean Elle reports. (Published Monday, March 28, 2016)

    Police have released a sketch of a man who allegedly beat a married couple in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood.

    The released sketch also come with new strategies announced by the San Francisco Police Department aimed at increasing safety in the neighborhood.

    Police said new foot beat officers, a rapid-response unit and a dedicated investigator will all be part of the plan announced during a community meeting late Monday. The new strategies come in response to the neighborhood demanding action following an attack that left residents fearing for their safety.

    On Feb. 23, Dean Ayers and his wife were attacked in the neighborhood while on Sanchez Street. An emotional Ayers recounted the attack at Monday's community meeting with police.

    "When we each asked them to leave us alone because my mother just died, we thought for sure that would connect with anyone, even the most vicious person," Ayers said. "Please leave us alone. We can't take one more thing and that's when he punched us."

    Ayers said once he fell to the ground the attacker went after his wife.

    "Then I watched them hit my wife in the face and some part of my brain remembers her head slamming on the concrete," he said.

    Ayers, who remains in crutches with a broken leg, told the audience at the meeting he and others are afraid in a neighborhood they love.

    The attack left Ayers' wife, Mary, with a traumatic brain injury.

    "Just this week she started to smile again," he said. "It's a huge deal."

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