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* Derrick Parks Oakland man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 56-year-old woman

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An 18-year-old Oakland man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 56-year-old woman at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Jackson Street near the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland in February, police said today. When Derrick Parks was recently identified as the suspect in the Feb. 8 incident, he already was in custody for his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon for attacking a 58-year-old woman as she was collecting recyclables in the 3300 block of East 17th Street on June 16, Oakland police said.

In the Feb. 8 incident, police said the 56-year-old woman was  walking home after work near 8th and Jackson streets when she was grabbed from behind, forced to the bottom of her basement, brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.They said the suspect fled the scene, there weren’t any witnesses to the crime and the victim could not identify the suspect. A surveillance tape was recovered that showed a man walking away from the area and an advisory was distributed to the news media to help identify the person of interest but no leads were developed, police said.

However, evidence obtained from the victim’s sexual assault examination was entered into the local, state and national database for convicted offenders and a match to Parks was made, according to police. On Oct. 27, a DNA profile identified Parks as the suspect who assaulted the victim, police said. Parks has been charged with multiple counts of rape and attempted rape, forcible sodomy, and enhancement charges. If he’s convicted, his sentence could range from 15 years to life in prison. In the June 16 incident, police said Parks “viciously” attacked the 58-year-old woman by punching and kicking her several times. The woman suffered various injuries, including the loss of three
teeth, police said.

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