Alexander Lomax, 28, of Hayward, Alameda County, California, United States has been arrested by the Fremont Police Department. He was booked at the Alameda County Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Alameda County.
Lomax allegedly walked up behind a woman, 75, and grabbed her arm while she was shopping at the Safeway at the Hub in Fremont, Alameda County at around 6:01 p.m. on May 5, 2021. He allegedly forcefully thrusted his clothed pelvic area into her buttocks so she screamed at him.
Before the arrival of patrol officers, Lomax was able to flee the store. At 9:47 a.m. on May 13, 2021, he was seen punching a woman, 57, in the head before pushing her to the ground in the area of Auto Mall Parkway and Fremont Boulevard in Freemont.
A witness intervened and Lomax was able to flee the scene again before the arrival of officers. On the same day, he allegedly punched an Asian woman, 67, in the back of the head in front of a yard of a residence near Grimmer Boulevard in Freemont before repeatedly striking her in the head and face, dragging her across a lawn and sexually assaulting her there in broad daylight.
Witnesses called 911. When patrol officers arrived, Lomax was completely nude and still sexually assaulting the victim.
At around 11:00 a.m., Lomax was arrested. His Asian victim suffered significant facial injuries and several broken bones throughout her body although none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
In relation to the victim from the Safeway at the Hub, Lomax was charged with sexual battery by restraint and false imprisonment. He was charged with assault with the intent to commit rape in relation to the victim from the area of Auto Mall Parkway and Fremont Boulevard.
In relation to the Asian victim, Lomax was charged with rape, assault with the intent to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, sexual battery by restraint and elder abuse with injuries. He was also charged with kidnapping with the intent to commit sodomy, which is a no-bail charge.
“This act of violence is unacceptable and we must stand together united with zero tolerance for sexual harassment and violence in our community,” Fremont mayor Lily Mei stated. “I implore our District Attorney to prioritize this case and see that the suspect is held accountable for these atrocious crimes.”
“I would like to thank the community members who took immediate action to call 911 as well as our first responders from police and fire for their expedited and caring response,” Mei continued. “Now, more than ever I call on our community to take the action to be upstanders and not bystanders.”
Mei was elected to the Fremont City Council in 2014. She has been serving as the city’s mayor since 2016.