SAN FRANCISCO—According to an announcement by the San Francisco Police Department, Steven Jenkins, 39, was arrested for attacking two elderly victims. Authorities noted on Wednesday, March 17 at about 10:10 a.m., the officers from the Tenderloin Station were informed about an aggravated assault at 7th and Market Streets.
Once officers arrived, they found two elderly victims, a 75-year-old female and an 83-year-old male.
“The victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” the San Francisco Police stated. Authorities noted that a nearby security guard detained Jenkins.
According to police, eyewitnesses to the attack said that Jenkins was involved in a “physical altercation” in the U.N. Plaza about 30 minutes before Jenkins allegedly assaulted the elderly victims.
“Following the altercation at U.N. Plaza, Jenkins approached the male victim and assaulted him,” the SFPD stated.
The security guard witnessed the assault and “pursued Jenkins on foot.” “As Jenkins was fleeing, he assaulted the female victim. The security guard was able to detain Jenkins until officers arrived.”
The authorities said that they transported Jenkins to a medical facility to attend to some “unrelated, prior medical conditions.”
Jenkins, the authorities explained, was booked at the San Francisco County Jail for two counts of assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury, two counts of battery with serious bodily injury, and two counts of inflicting injury on elder or dependent adult likely to cause great bodily injury.
The California Legislature noted they define great bodily injury as any injury that is substantial or significant.
“Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding $10,000, or by both the fine and imprisonment,” the California Legislature states.
The assaults are suspect to be unprovoked and the authorities are working to determine if race was a factor in the incident.
According to the jail records, Jenkins was booked on March 17, 4:31 p.m., and is currently being held without bond. His next court date is scheduled for March 23 at 9 a.m.
The SFPD is still investigating the case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 1-415-575-4444 or text TIP411 and start the message with “SFPD.”