Timothy Chase: Prosecutors Say Man Stomped on Homeless Woman Because of Her Scent
Chase appeared in San Francisco court yesterday where he answered to two counts of felony assault charges. Prosecutors said in court that Chase has stated he attacked the woman because he was "annoyed by the scent in the air." He also reportedly said that he thought he might have killed the woman.
Police arrested Chase on Friday after viewing a surveillance video of the incident, which was first aired by KTVU. The video shows a man walking past the woman sleeping on Third and Bryant streets. He then stops and walks over to her and kicks her head seven times before calmly walking away.
KTVU has since identified the homeless woman as Elizabeth Murray.
The video also shows two bystanders coming to her aid as well as a police officer; the woman eventually gets up and walks away. No police report was filed, but Police Chief Greg Suhr opened an investigation after seeing the video that was aired across local media.
Chase's public defender reportedly said in court that the victim was not seriously injured.
However, authorities told KTVU that Murray said she couldn't remember what happened to her, but that her head hurt.
"She is having problems memorizing what occurred," District Attorney George Gascon said. "But we have a video clearly showing what occurred. But she can't remember, so it's possible she was hurt and is having problems as a result of the assault."
Chase, who has a criminal history that includes attempted robbery, is currently in jail; his bail was set to $100,000.
If convicted, Chase could face up to five years in prison.
Here's the video: