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Cali woman pleads to state officials after man who ‘viciously attacked’ her quickly released by court

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A San Francisco woman’s harrowing attack by a homeless man as she attempted to enter her condominium complex was caught in a surveillance video.

Video screengrab.

The disturbing footage showed Paneez Kosarianfard being assaulted at about 1:30 a.m. at the Watermark condos on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, as the homeless man pulled her to the ground and repeatedly struggled with her as she tried to get into the building.

(Video: KRON-TV)

The man, identified as 25-year-old Austin James Vincent, was allegedly trying to save her from robots while attempting to gain access to the building, KRON-TV reported. The video showed how a security guard inside tried to assist Kosarianfard while struggling to keep Vincent out as she called police.

“At first, he was trying to tell me that he was trying to save my life,” Kosarianfard told KRON-TV.

“He asked me to open the door so he could go and kill our concierge or front desk lady and earn my trust,” she said, explaining that he claimed everyone was a robot and he had to save people on earth.

“The first time I thought I was safe, but I wasn’t. He came in with us,” Kosarianfard told KNTV. “But the second time, the moment when we closed the door, and we were safe, that feeling of I’m safe and I survived after fighting for so long is irreversible.”

(Video: KNTV)

The attack comes amid an ongoing argument by neighbors that a navigation center for the homeless, planned to be built near the condo, is sure to promote more violent crimes. Kosarianfard, who said the attack left her with bruises and nerve damage, told the station that it took the San Francisco Police Department nearly 35 minutes to arrive after the building’s security guard called in.

Despite the video showing Vincent’s assault of the young woman, he was released “on assertive case management,” according to a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, which initially charged him with false imprisonment, attempted robbery and two counts of battery.

Vincent pleaded not guilty on Tuesday when he was arraigned. Kosarianfard, who has lived at the condo complex for six years and feels she can no longer stay there, shared the news on Twitter.

Kosarianfard also took to Twitter to appeal to California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to “save our city.”

Kosarianfard’s focus was on the judge, Christine Van Aken, who was apparently appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat.

But the victim of Vincent’s attack also said she no longer wants to live in San Francisco where criminals “are not getting punished.”

Many reacting to the report focused on the rampant homelessness in the city, as in other Democratic-run California cities like Los Angeles, and how efforts to house people in structures or temporary shelters ultimately endangers residents.

Frieda Powers


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