An elderly woman became a victim of a violent, unprovoked attack on a San Francisco street earlier this year, authorities said. The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) has announced the arrest of the man they say is responsible for this serious assault on an elderly Mission District local that occurred on September 7. The SFPD identified the suspect as Collin White, who was nabbed by a Mission Station Sergeant on December 4, according to an official statement from the San Francisco Police Department.
The incident took place as the 76-year-old woman was attempting to board a MUNI bus at the intersection of Mission St and 16th St. Surveillance footage obtained during the investigation revealed the suspect pushing the victim with his body, leading to her falling backward and hitting her head on the concrete sidewalk, knocking her unconscious. The victim was aided by passersby until the medical team arrived to transport her to the hospital.
White, charged with Felony Assault Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury and Felony Elder Abuse, among other violations, was placed in San Francisco County Jail following his capture. The SFPD stated that despite White's arrest, they are still actively investigating the case and encourage anyone with further information to come forward.
"The SFPD would like to thank the bystanders who stopped and provided aid to the victim until medics arrived to transport her to the hospital," said the department in a report on the arrest. This ongoing investigation has the SFPD urging witnesses or those with knowledge about the crime to contact them at 1-415-575-4444 or to send a tip to TIP411, starting the message with the keyword 'SFPD'. Tipsters may remain anonymous in giving their assistance to this case. The SFPD case number is 230-640-886 for those referencing this specific incident.