Paneez Kosarianfard on Aug. 14, 2019 tweeted the surveillance footage showing the suspect who attacked her outside of her condo building near the Embarcadero.

Paneez Kosarianfard

Anger Grows Over Release Of San Francisco Assault Suspect

Doug Sovern
August 16, 2019 - 10:33 am

SAN FRANCISCO — The woman who was assaulted outside her waterfront condo in San Francisco early Sunday morning is appealing to Governor Gavin Newsom to do something after the suspect accused of attacking her was released from custody by a judge

"I am a prisoner in my own house," Paneez Kosarian told KCBS Radio. "I am terrified of leaving my own house while this man roams our streets freely. I don't understand what more it takes for the city and the judge to understand this man is a danger to our society, to our community."

The decision by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christine Van Aken this week to release Austin Vincent against the recommendation of the district attorney's office has sparked outrage at City Hall.

Mayor London Breed told reporters the judge made a mistake.

"This man is a danger to society," Breed said. "I'm not very happy with what happened, which makes our job harder." 

But Breed conceded that it's not up to her to decide what happens next. 


Kosarian tweeted a surveillance video shwoing the attack to Newsom, the city's former mayor, while he was in San Francisco Wednesday. she pleaded with the governor to "please save our city."

Newsom told KCBS Radio he doesn't know enough about the case to say whether Vincent should have been released. But he admitted an incident like this hits home for many San Franciscans. 

"It goes to the core of people wanting to live in a city as spectacular as this, the foundation is safety," he said. "And people think they're just flippantly dealt with, and not seriously dealt with."

Newsom described what happened to Kosarian as "traumatic," and said she was fortunate that it wasn't worse. "It could have been a very terrible incident."