Transient Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Woman He Met On BART

July 21, 2018 10:00 am · 22 comments

A transient man from San Francisco was convicted on Friday of two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of rape for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in San Leandro who he met after she boarded a BART train in San Francisco.

Jurors, who deliberated for less than a day and a half, also convicted 29-year-old Meini Foster of multiple kidnapping clauses. He faces a state prison term of up to 75 years to life when he’s sentenced by Alameda
County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi on Sept. 28.

However, they found him not guilty of an attempted sodomy charge, according to prosecutor Tim Wellman.

Police and prosecutors said the victim, who’s in her 20s, works in San Francisco and after work on the night of Dec. 15, 2016, she drank alcohol with work colleagues at a holiday party for more than six hours before she entered the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco at about 11:20 p.m.

BART surveillance camera footage shows that the woman was “swaying back and forth and had trouble maintaining her balance” and “is so intoxicated she falls forward onto her hands and knees,” San Leandro police
Officer Deborah Trujillo wrote in a probable cause statement.

The woman boarded a Dublin/Pleasanton train at 11:30 p.m. and was seen leaving the Bay Fair BART station in San Leandro with Foster at about 1:04 a.m. the next day, the police report says.

Trujillo said Foster pulled her close to him when she tried to walk away from him and then led her down the stairs toward the station’s exit.

Foster then continued to lead the woman as she stumbled and took her into the BART station’s parking lot, according to Trujillo.

Foster next forced the woman onto nearby railroad tracks between Hesperian Boulevard and Halcyon Drive and forced her to orally copulate him by using physical force and verbal threats, Trujillo said.

The woman yelled for help and tried to free herself from Foster but he raped and sodomized her, according to Trujillo.

The woman continued to try to run and fight and yell for help but Foster again forced her to orally copulate him, Trujillo said.

Foster finally left the woman in the mud at the railroad tracks but she had a hard time finding her way and when she knocked on a family’s door at 3 a.m. to ask for help the residents mistook her for a burglar, ordered her to leave and called 911, according to Trujillo.

However, police finally found the woman and took her to a hospital, where they conducted a sexual assault examination on her, Trujillo said.

The DNA that was found on the woman matches Foster’s, which was in the criminal justice system database because he had a prior sexual assault conviction, police said.

Wellman said that during Foster’s trial he was allowed to present evidence that in 2015 Foster sexually assaulted a homeless woman at a Contra Costa County BART station and in 2016 he sexually battered a 16-year-old girl on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus.

335 July 21, 2018 at 10:37 AM

He can rot in one jail after another for all I or anyone else cares. He didn’t just commit a sex crime not once or twice but three times. Hopefully for this victim of his, she’s doing okay.

Anon July 21, 2018 at 10:45 AM

“Not guilty of an attempted Sodomy charge”.

Trying not to upset the LGBTQXYZ community, I see.

HeHaSeeSaw July 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM

I don’t get it they found DNA up you know where but failed to find him guilty of the sodomy charge?…

Cowellian July 21, 2018 at 10:56 AM

I assume that BART decided to be proactive and issued a stay-away order.

S July 21, 2018 at 11:03 AM

deserves Life Without in General Population. He should never have been released after the first offence. If released in the future,I got a nickle that says he’ll offend again….

PO'D July 21, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Death sentence. Nothing else will do here.
For the bleeding hearts: a perfect example that there is no rehabilitating a true sexual predator. He likes it too much.

S July 21, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Death Penalty is too easy.

WC Resident July 21, 2018 at 11:06 AM

“Wellman said that during Foster’s trial he was allowed to present evidence that in 2015 Foster sexually assaulted a homeless woman at a Contra Costa County BART station and in 2016 he sexually battered a 16-year-old girl on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus.”

That’s unusual and I wonder if it’ll be grounds for appeal. Generally during a trial the prosecution is not allowed to mention a suspect’s prior criminal history as it predisposes a jury to conclude that the suspect is likely guilty this time around too.

PHill Dweller July 21, 2018 at 2:31 PM

It’s sometimes allowed if it shows a pattern, and the current crime is consistent with the MO of the person’s prior crimes.

anon July 21, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Lets remember — the liberals did not want all suspects arrested to give DNA…also like the LYFT driver who picked up drunk females– they are alone & drunk — they put themselves in a bad situation – they should not do this

ZZ July 21, 2018 at 1:49 PM

Why was this sexual predator allowed back on the streets?!

And what kind of friend(s) would allow a totally wasted friend travel on the BART alone?!

Messed up society..

PHill Dweller July 21, 2018 at 2:35 PM

She might not have appeared that wasted when she left. Sometimes alcohol kicks in a bit later, especially when you have food being digested, which slows down the metabolism of the alcohol.

I’m not blaming the victim, but surely she bears more responsibility for her own safety than her friends do. I cannot comprehend becoming so drunk in public that I’m at the mercy of whichever stranger I come across. Sounds to me like she needs rehab.

Ven Xeter July 21, 2018 at 8:23 PM

“Why was this sexual predator allowed back on the streets?!”
Um…..maybe because people keep voting for Democrats?

Kat July 21, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Hate to say it but some people just can’t change. Should have been put down after the first attack and all of the following attacks would never have even occurred. Cool, now we get to pay to feed him and keep a roof over his head!

PHill Dweller July 21, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Why wasn’t he in prison for the 2015 and 2016 sexual assaults???!!!

anon July 21, 2018 at 5:28 PM

Welcome to the CA legal system- the liberals have screwed us for decades…also — just look at Prop 47 & 57 & AB109

Kirkwood July 21, 2018 at 3:28 PM

Isn’t it illegal to be drunk in public? I know it used to be.

anon July 21, 2018 at 5:26 PM

647f of the Penal Code – yup sure is

S July 21, 2018 at 6:04 PM

ok stupid is as stupid does for the 647… But does not make the Rapist less of a rapist…. Life Without in General Population!

Cowellian July 21, 2018 at 6:08 PM

I’d approve of a nice, short, life sentence!

Cartman July 21, 2018 at 7:05 PM


Nokeem July 21, 2018 at 10:13 PM

Why was this lunatic predator set loose on the general public given his 2015 and 2016 crimes? Good behavior? JC! One would think he would have been (still) in prison!

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