SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A man arrested after he allegedly stabbed a 94-year-old Asian-American woman in San Francisco in an unprovoked attack has been charged with attempted murder, the city’s chief prosecutor announced Friday.
Daniel Cauich, 35, was also charged with assault causing serious bodily injury and elder abuse, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said.
Cauich’s arrangement was scheduled for Friday. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Ahn “Peng” Taylor was on her daily walk near her downtown apartment Wednesday when Cauich allegedly hit her in the head and stabbed her in the forearm, hip and torso. Then he continued walking and dropped the knife, Boudin said.
Police officers responding to a stabbing report found a knife near the crime scene and obtained a photo of Cauich and distributed it to all officers. Police arrested him two hours after the attack.
Taylor was taken to a local hospital, where she is recovering, Boudin said.
The attack comes amid a wave of attacks against Asian-Americans in San Francisco and across the country since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the United States.
“We are devastated by this recent horrible attack. We stand with the AAPI community and the vulnerable elderly community who, across the country, have faced too many tragic incidents like this over the past year, ”Boudin said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Cauich was found guilty of three separate counts of burglary with burglary and sentenced to prison and probation, along with other conditions. He was arrested again in May for robbery, and prosecutors filed new felony charges and sought his arrest, Boudin said.
“The court denied the district attorney’s request to detain Mr. Cauich and he was released with an ankle monitor,” he said.
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