People v Hassan Lee Bratcher

On September 6, 2017, a jury found Defendant Hassan Lee Bratcher guilty of kidnapping and forcible rape as well as additional kidnap allegations against Jane Doe.

On March 5, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am, Defendant Bratcher was driving a van around Oakland. He came across Jane Doe, a 33 year old female with a cognitive disability, who was walking to church. He called out to her from his vehicle and they had a short conversation during which he was very kind and pretended to know Jane Doe in order to lure her into his car. Jane Doe was tired and having difficulty walking so Defendant Bratcher agreed to provide her a ride the rest of the way to her church.

However, once they arrived, Defendant Bratcher became hostile and would not allow her to get out of the car. He drove her away from the church. Over a period of approximately four hours Defendant Bratcher took Jane Doe to different locations in Oakland and raped her multiple times inside the vehicle. Defendant Bratcher finally allowed her to exit the vehicle and then he fled the area.

Jane Doe was able to walk to a nearby Walgreens and call her sister for help, and then her sister contacted law enforcement. Paramedics transported Jane Doe to Highland Hospital where she underwent a SART exam to preserve evidence of her trauma. Later DNA testing of that exam assisted in identifying Defendant Bratcher as the perpetrator. Jane Doe was able to identify Defendant Bratcher in a photo lineup as the man that kidnapped and raped her.

Defendant Hassan Lee Bratcher is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Natasha Jontulovich with assistance from DA Inspector Kevin Wiley and Victim-Witness Advocate Lillian Rogers.

(Docket #17-CR-012238)

Posted on Sep 11, 2017