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*Oakland Police Report That Mixon Had Sexually Assaulted Two Women Hours Before He Murdered 4 Police Officers

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The wanted parolee who killed four Oakland police officers on March 21 has been linked to three sexual assaults, police spokesman Jeff Thomason said today. Although Thomason and Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan had refused to talk about the case, Thomason said today that Lovelle Mixon, 26, of Oakland had previously been identified as the perpetrator in an incident in February in which a juvenile girl was raped. Thomason said Mixon has now also been identified as the perpetrator in an incident on March 21, only hours before the four officers were killed, in which two women, ages 21 and 23, were sexually assaulted. He said that at about 6:45 a.m. on March 21 Oakland police patrol officers responded to a report of a sexual assault that occurred about an hour earlier, at 5:40 a.m.  According to Thomason, the two women told officers that they had been opening a food cart at the intersection of High Street and International Boulevard when a man confronted them with handgun. The suspect was described as a black man, about 24 years old, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, wearing glasses, ablack sweatshirt, black jeans and black shoes. Thomason said the women said the suspect robbed them of cash and forced them to walk south to another location at 45th Avenue and San Leandro Street in Oakland, where he sexually assaulted both women. The suspect then fled the scene and the victims called police, according to Thomason.  Both victims were taken to a hospital, where sexual assault exams were conducted, Thomason said. On Friday, the Oakland Police Department’s crime lab determined that Mixon’s DNA matched one of the two March 21 victims, Thomason said.  Mixon also is suspected of participating in a home-invasion robbery in Modesto on Feb. 21, according to Modesto police.

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