Austin Vincent, 25, was denied bail yesterday after he was accused of blocking a woman from getting inside her condo and attacking her. Other charges against him were dropped
A man accused of blocking a woman from getting inside her condo building and attacking her has been denied bail.
Austin Vincent, 25, was charged with false imprisonment, battery and attempted robbery, and walked out of the courtroom cursing at prosecutors and the judge yesterday.
It is alleged that he attacked San Francisco resident Paneez Kosarian outside the lobby of the Watermark building at 2am on August 11, reports CBS.
Although he was taken into custody, Vincent was originally released by police just three days later and rearrested in connection with another crime last week.
CCTV footage from the incident appears to show Vincent holding onto Ms Kosarian’s legs before she is thrown to the floor.
He then pulls on the front door in an attempt to open it after she manages to get inside with the help of the condo’s security officer.
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CCTV shows Paneez Kosarian on the floor outside the condo building with a security officer helping her through the door and ringing for help
The security officer helps Ms Kosarian hold the door shut as Vincent pulls from the other side
Ms Kosarian told KPIX 5 that Vincent had approached her calmly before things turned violent and he claimed the security guard was a ‘robot.’
She said: ‘He was holding down my legs, pulling my legs, not letting me go inside for about a good five minutes.’
After the incident Mr Kosarian, who has lived in the area for six years, said she was thinking about moving.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘PLEASE watch this video of me getting attacked at my own front door.
Ms Kosarian manages to get inside the lobby and on her feet in the video she shared on Twitter
‘Judge Christine Van Aken released my attacker after only 72hrs because she thinks this homeless man with mental health and drug addiction is ‘safe’ and ‘harmless’ to our city.’
Although Vincent was arrested, he was released three days later sparking frustration across the Californian city.
Vincent, pictured yesterday, had been rearrested on charges he had brandished a knife, but these were dropped
The San Francisco Police Officers Association called for the Judge who released Vincent to resign.
They said: ‘Judge Christine Van Aken’s continued tenure overseeing criminal cases is a danger to every law-abiding resident of San Francisco.’
City Attorney Dennis Herrera defended Judge Van Aken’s decision to release Vincent, saying the District Attorney’s Office did not show her the CCTV footage.
Vincent was arrested again last week after being accused of threatening someone with a knife in February.
However yesterday Judge Ross C. Moody dropped those charges after hearing evidence that Vincent was in a substance abuse program in California at the time.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said they believed Vincent to be a threat to public safety if he was released at the hearing, reports Fox News.
San Francisco resident Ms Kosarian tweeted the CCTV footage after Vincent was released for the alleged attack
The Watermark building where Vincent allegedly attacked Ms Kosarian is next to potential site for a homeless centre.
Ms Kosarian said: ‘Don’t twist it as this is a homeless issue and we’re going to build more shelters. Give them more treatment. These people are mentally ill.
‘You can’t put these people into a residential area and say, “Don’t feel unsafe. You’re safe.” The city needs to properly address this.’