A $1,000 reward offer is from private citizens, not from the police department, but the police have also opened an investigation into now-infamous fellow who doused water on an unhoused women as she slept.
You’ve probably seen the viral video by now, or at least an angry social media post or two about it — some mean-spirited individual dumps a bucket of water on a sleeping homeless woman from atop a brick building at 20th and Bryant Streets. The footage was taken last Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. (neighbors say it wasn’t the first time he’d done this), by Monday night the video was posted on NBC Bay Area, and over the week the story would be picked up by the Guardian, USA Today, and the New York Post, among other national publications.
The reward is now $1,000. And here is the video. Many thanks to the person who originally posted this. pic.twitter.com/9ileU656Y7— Jim V.o.R. (@JimYoull) June 24, 2019
Yet even with all this publicity, we still don’t know the identity of the notorious water-dumper. But SFGate reports that the SFPD has opened an investigation into the matter.
"We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying any parties involved so we can move forward with the investigation," SFPD spokesperson Joseph Tomlinson told the Chronicle. According to NBC Bay Area, the culprit could be charged with misdemeanor battery.
We met a man tonight who works at the building where a bucket was dumped on a homeless woman. He says he doesn't know who did it, suggests it may be roofing workers. pic.twitter.com/Nnj9zMzetB— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) June 27, 2019
KPIX’s Joe Vazquez spoke to a man who works in the building in question on Wednesday. “Probably there’s some people from the place next door were up there doing some work on the roof,” he said. “Nobody else has access to it.”
Update (2/2) The landlord also emailed me that no roofing work was being done. He also said, "We, of course, don’t condone this behavior, have not experienced anything like this before, and have been investigating the incident since we learned of it."— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) June 28, 2019
A KPIX follow-up report has workers and the landlord saying that there were no workers on the roof Sunday. This may be a red herring, though, as screenshots of the (now-deleted) original tweet say the incident occurred Saturday, not Sunday.
Prosecuting this guy on a misdemeanor charge would require the victim filing a report, and that may indeed have already happened. The police have made a statement, and KPIX reported that the Coalition on Homelessness has offered the woman legal and supportive assistance.
For those of you amateur sleuths out there, the perp caught on video appears to be a bald man — and I know it’s the day of the day of the Trans March and I shouldn’t be just gender-assuming on people, but still — and more importantly, one who has access to the roof at the 20th and Bryant Street building. If you have any information, the SFPD Tip Line is 415-575-4444.
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