Paneez Kosarianfard is furious and living in constant fear. The San Francisco resident is horrified after she was attacked by a deranged homeless man in front of her building over the weekend, but was incredulous after learning that the judge in the man’s case allowed him to go free.
Kosarianfard has taken to social media to blast the judge in the case and point out the dangers that living in a liberal ‘utopia’ have fostered.
After her attack on Sunday night, prosecutors notified her that the man was released from custody without any monitoring and is now apparently roaming the area at will, despite his lunacy and violence.
The Sacramento Bee reported:
San Francisco police have made an arrest in the violent attack that a woman endured while trying to get into her apartment building over the weekend.
Police said 25-year-old Austin James Vincent was booked on false imprisonment, battery and attempted robbery charges, KTVU reports. A San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesman said that — despite prosecutors’ concerns — Vincent was released from jail “on assertive case management” after he pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday, KGO reports.
Video posted on Twitter by a woman who said she was the victim shows a front desk concierge frantically using the phone and trying to help the victim as the attacker and victim grapple with one another at the glass front door. Eventually the victim makes it safely inside the building, which SFGate identified as the Watermark condos on Beale and Bryant streets along the Embarcadero downtown.
The incident happened Sunday around 1:40 a.m., SFGate reported.
Officers later apprehended Vincent roughly a block away from the site of the attack, KRON4 reported.
The victim suffered “nerve damage and bruising on her hands and arm, but is happy to be alive,” according to KRON4.
@EmbarcaderoSafe I was attacked by a homeless man under influence on Saturday 8/10/19 as I was walking towards our lobby to go home. He was mentally insane and tried to rub me as well as forcing me to let him into our building. Please share!!! pic.twitter.com/w6jbfoSX8G
— Paneez Kosarianfard (@paneezkosarian) August 13, 2019
“He was mentally insane and tried to rub me as well as forcing me to let him into our building,” Twitter user Paneez Kosarianfard, who identified herself as the victim, wrote on Aug. 13.
She told KTVU that the man was abnormally strong and “said that everyone’s a robot, he’s trying to save my life the front desk lady is a robot.
He said, ‘Open that door. I’ll kill that person in front of you so I can gain your trust.’ He kept saying, ‘Come with me, I’m trying to save your life.’ I was fighting for my life, at my own house, trying to get inside one door.”
The attack happened after the man knocked the victim’s phone from her grasp and dragged her off her feet, NBC Bay Area reported.
Locals who oppose a proposed homeless shelter nearby seized on the attack.
“We live in concern and with fear of what may come because of the inability of the City to listen to the concerns, and follow its own rules, in the creation of new homeless centers and facilities,” said Safe Embarcadero For All board member Wallace Lee, according to KTVU.
KPIX 5 reported that condo security called 911 prior to the attack, but the police response was delayed.
“The officers who were responding to that call were diverted to a domestic violence call nearby,” Sgt. Michael Andraychak said, according to KPIX 5. “Once the subject’s behavior escalated further and it became assaultive, it became an A priority call and the officers were able to respond and take that subject into custody.”
The victim said the attack left her ready to move from her home, according to KPIX 5.
CBS San Francisco reported on the victim’s outrage:
Kosarian said she received a call Wednesday morning from the San Francisco District Attorney’s office telling her the suspect in her attack had been released from custody.
“I mean, I’m shocked. I’m scared. Terrified,” Kosarian told KPIX. “I don’t understand what more it takes for the city and the judge to understand that this man is a danger to our society, our community, other residents.”
Vincent was given an order to stay-away from Kosarian’s building.
“100 feet away from my house,” said Kosarian. “So pretty much I am a prisoner in my own house. I’m terrified of leaving my own house while this man roams our streets freely.”
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office issued a statement, saying “The court released the defendant over our objection and contrary to the release recommendation of the public safety assessment tool on assertive case management.”
“I’m surprised that he was released on his own recognizance with very few limitations,” said Nancy Tung, a former San Francisco prosecutor who is now running for district attorney. She also questioned why Vincent, who has no known address, was released without any kind of electronic monitoring.
“It appears that there is some risk to public safety and a risk the guy won’t return to court,” explained Tung.
The judge is the case, Christine Van Aken, was appointed last year by Jerry Brown out of the San Francisco City Attorney’s office.
“This is where the city is wrong,” Kosarian said of the decision to release Vincent. “It can’t be a one-size-fits all solutions. The man that attacked me, also needs help. It’s a different type of help. It’s not to let them back on the street so he can go use again. What is it preventing him from getting high and attacking someone else?”
Wednesday evening, Kosarian tweeted a video clip of the attack to California Governor Gavin Newsom, imploring him to “PLEASE SAVE OUR CITY.”
@GavinNewsom Please watch this video of me getting attacked at my front door less than 72-hrs ago. The man who attacked me was released this morning because the judge, Christine Van Aken believes that this man is not a danger to our community. PLEASE SAVE OUR CITY!! #savesf pic.twitter.com/XGzmtSLQpP
— Paneez Kosarianfard (@paneezkosarian) August 15, 2019
Kosarian told KPIX 5 on Monday her encounter with Vincent began with a “semi-calm” conversation outside the Watermark.
Things took a terrifying turn when the man claimed the building security guard was a robot.
“He asked me to open the door so he could get into the building and kill her, so that he could earn my trust,” said Kosarian.
She said the assailant then demanded her keys, wallet and phone. Security camera video shows Kosarian being thrown to the ground as she fought back to get inside to safety.
“He was holding down my legs, pulling my legs, not letting me go inside for about a good five minutes,” remembered Kosarian. She eventually managed to escape, suffering from bruises on her fingers and an injured wrist.
Vincent is set to return to court next month.
*Note, the victim’s name was spelled, apparently, incorrectly in the CBS report.