San Francisco police identified children ages 11, 13, and 14 as suspects in the brutal beating and robbery of an elderly woman caught on video late last month.
The fourth suspect — an 18-year-old male — also was identified, but the 11-year-old suspect is too young to be charged, police said in a press release.
What’s the background?
Surveillance video of the horrifying July 31 attack on the 70-year-old woman showed that at one point she was actually kicked squarely in the face while she was already on the lobby floor of her residential building.
What’s more, when she tried to get away and was unable to shut a door, the suspects returned and beat and robbed her a second time, KGO-TV reported.
The victim spoke to the station from bed as she recovered from her injuries, telling KGO through an interpreter that the group asked her what time it was, and she recalled that she replied, “Five o’clock” and then showed them her watch because she wasn’t sure they understood.
“They search my body, and I quickly realize they’re up to no good,” she told KGO, adding that soon, her attackers knew she had an iPhone 7.
Video that her building gave to police shows the suspects followed her into the elevator because she refused to give up her phone.
“They got really mad and pulled me down,” she told KGO, after which video shows one of the attackers kicking her in the face.
She added to the station that they punched her in the head several times, pulled her down, and repeatedly kicked her.
But when she tried to hide in the hallway and was unable to close the door, the suspects returned yet again — and this time they were after her keys and decided to continue beating her, KGO said.
The victim’s daughter began to sob at that point of the retelling, the station noted: “I never expected this to happen to us …”
What’s more, both the victim and her daughter can’t sleep as a result of their trauma, KGO said.
Investigators soon identified the four suspects: 18-year-old Oakland resident Darryl Moore and three juvenile suspects, ages 11, 13, and 14. Investigators got warrants for Moore, the 13-year-old suspect, and the 14-year-old suspect on charges of robbery, elder abuse, burglary, false imprisonment, and conspiracy, police said, adding that the 11-year-old suspect could not be charged due to the suspect’s age.
Milpitas police arrested Moore, the 13-year-old suspect, and the 11-year-old suspect on an unrelated criminal matter last Wednesday, police said.
Many law enforcement officers across the Bay Area know of Moore, Lieut. Kevin Healy told KGO in a separate story.
Moore was booked at Santa Clara County Jail on the warrant, police said, adding that the 13-year-old suspect was booked at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall and is being transferred to the custody of Alameda County, which will book the 13-year-old suspect.
The 11-year-old suspect was transferred to the custody of the Alameda County Assessment Center.
The 14-year-old suspect hadn’t been located as of the posting of the Monday press release. Those with information can call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD, police said, adding that tipsters can remain anonymous.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told KGO that the 11-year-old suspect is “going to be a community issue because he is too young to be charged with a crime.”
San Francisco’s police chief called the young ages of the 11-, 13-, and 14-year-old suspects “shocking,” the station reported.