SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department arrested Samuel Youmtoub, 58, of San Francisco for his involved in several unprovoked attacks that transpired in the city on two separate occasions. According to a press release from the SFPD, on May 24 at approximately 3:35 p.m. a homeless man was lying on the sidewalk on Leavenworth Street north of McAllister Street., when Youmtoub approached him and violently kicked him in the face.
Surveillance video displays the victim lying motionless after the attack as Youmtoub walks away into United Nations’ Plaza. The victim suffered serious injuries that required him being transported to the hospital. On May 29, at approximately 3:05 p.m. a 28 year-old man who was riding on a Muni bus at 8th Street near Mission Street was assaulted by the suspect. Youmtoub approached the victim, yelled, grabbed his hair and repeatedly slammed his face into a steel handrail. The victim suffered severe injuries including a broken nose. The attack was captured on Muni surveillance video.
In both incidents both attacks were unprovoked and there is no indication the suspect knew either victim or had previous interactions with them. San Francisco Police investigators working both cases determined the suspect in each attack was the same person.
On Sunday, June 17 at approximately 12:40 p.m., an officer assigned to Tenderloin Station’s Market Street foot beat spotted Youmtoub walking on Market Street near the United Nations Plaza. The officer immediately recognized Youmtoub as the suspect and placed him under arrest. He was booked at San Francisco County Jail and charged with aggravated assault in both cases. Due to pending identification matters, the police department is not releasing a booking photo at this time.