Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder of 94-Year-Old Asian American Woman in SF Pleads Not Guilty

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A man accused of stabbing an elderly Asian American woman in San Francisco has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges on Friday.

The charges: Defendant Daniel Cauich, 35, faces attempted murder, battery causing serious bodily injury and elder abuse for the unprovoked attack of a Chinese Vietnamese woman, Ahn “Peng” Taylor, 94, last week, reported KTVU.

  • Assistant District Attorney Trevor Kempner read a victim impact statement from the victim’s niece during the hearing. 
  • The court had set Cauich’s arraignment for Friday and granted the DA office’s request to keep him detained without bail.  
  • San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said Cauich was convicted of three separate felony burglary charges earlier this year and sentenced to jail time and probation.

The incident: Cauich allegedly hit Taylor in the head and stabbed her on the forearm, hip and torso as she was walking near her downtown apartment on Post Street around 10:15 a.m. on June 16, NextShark previously reported. 

  • The suspect continued walking and threw away the knife, which investigators recovered near the crime scene.
  • Local authorities arrested Cauich two hours later after they circulated his photo to other officers.
  • Taylor was brought to a local hospital for treatment and was able to come home on June 19, according to KRON4.
  • A GoFundMe was created for Taylor, raising over $30,000 as of this writing. According to the latest update posted on June 19, Peng is recovering and “still not able to go for a short walk in the hallway even holding someone’s arm.”
  • “She is understandably still quite disoriented, but happy to be home and when told about all the outpouring of best wishes, she gets a big smile on her face,” the update reads.

Featured Image via San Francisco Police Department (left), KPIX5 (right)

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