San Francisco police catch lucky break in 10-year-old sexual assault, robbery case 

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An arrest came in the nick of time for San Francisco police investigators probing a brutal 10-year-old sexual assault and robbery case in Golden Gate Park.

Police arrested Vinh Q. Chung, 29, at his home in San Jose on Monday, a little more than a month before the statute of limitations on the case was set to expire.

Chung was one of three suspects who offered the victim a ride from the Mission district to her home on Nov. 6, 2001.

The suspects drove her to an isolated dark area of Golden Gate Park, where they allegedly attacked her and then ordered her out of the car, police said.

She had to flag down a passing motorist for help, police said.

DNA evidence linked Chung to the crime, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Police have not been able to link anyone else to the crime.

“They know there were other suspects involved,” he said. “The physical DNA evidence didn’t match anyone else in the system.”

Chung is being held in county jail in lieu of $5 million bail, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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