A man accused of calling a woman an anti-Asian slur before attacking her with a metal scooter was found guilty of assault by a jury on Tuesday.
What happened: Thomas Crandell, 39, repeatedly kicked the glass door of the victim’s apartment building on Duboce Avenue just before 1:05 a.m. on June 8, 2022. Awakened by the banging, the victim went downstairs and asked him to move along. In response, Crandell called her an anti-Asian slur, shoved her to the glass door, picked up a metal scooter and struck her, pushed her to the ground and hit her in the face. The victim sustained injuries from the brutal attack.
Arrest, charge and conviction: Crandell fled the scene but was arrested 10 days later. On Tuesday, a jury convicted him of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, a felony, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
What prosecutors are saying: District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said the verdict “sends a strong message that violence in our community will not be tolerated.” She vowed to always stand with victims and protect public safety.
Assistant District Attorney Jamal Anderson, who prosecuted the case, said Crandell’s conduct was “egregious” and should never be tolerated. He applauded the jury for delivering justice and displaying “tremendous courage and resolve” throughout the trial.
What’s Next: Crandell, who remains in custody, will be sentenced on Jan. 29. He faces up to four years in state prison.