A 28-year-old man, who was arrested on unrelated charges, has been charged over the recent series of unprovoked assaults in Oakland’s Chinatown.
Yahya Muslim was apprehended and booked into Santa Rita Jail on Feb. 1, a day after three elderly people, including a 91-year-old man, were injured in separate attacks.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Muslim on Monday with four felony counts, court documents revealed. The charges include three counts of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and one charge of elder abuse with various enhancements, East Bay Times reports.
A witness who recognized the suspect from the images shared by local authorities told an officer she “was very familiar with the subject as she knows him from working in the area and has had several interactions with him.”
Muslim, who claimed to work as a “courtesy clerk,” was placed on a psychiatric hold after he assaulted other victims in the 900 block of Harrison on Feb. 1. He was transferred from a hospital to jail shortly after.
The suspect had also been previously charged for an elder-abuse case in which he allegedly punched a victim “numerous times completely unprovoked.” He was arrested on Aug. 26, 2020, after citizens followed him as he tried to flee the scene near 10th and Washington streets.
Prior to Muslim’s arrest, actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu had earlier offered a $25,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest in the attacks, NextShark previously reported.
Currently held on bail of at least $210,000, Muslim’s prior unspecified charges could prevent him from getting a possible release.
Feature Image via Oakland Police Department