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SFPD Arrest Man Seen On Video Kicking Homeless Man's Face

June 18, 2018 - 6:16 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - Officers have arrested a man allegedly seen twice on surveillance video violently attacking two separate victims near San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, in what appear to be unprovoked attacks, police said today.

The first alleged attack happened on May 24 around 3:35 p.m. on Leavenworth Street near McAllister Street.

The victim, a 38-year-old homeless man, was lying down on the sidewalk when the suspect approached him and, without warning, began kicking him in the face. The suspect then turns around and casually walks away toward United Nations Plaza, leaving the victim with serious injuries that required hospitalization, according to police.

In the other alleged attack, also recorded on surveillance video, the same suspect allegedly approached a 28-year-old man while on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus near Mission and Eight streets on May 29. The suspect yelled at the victim, grabbed the victim by his hair and repeatedly slammed the victim's face into the bus' steel handrail.

The victim suffered a broken nose, among other severe injuries.

Police said there is no indication that the suspect knew the victims in both cases.

After determining that the same suspect was involved in both attacks, officers began searching for him and on Sunday located him.

Around 12:40 p.m. an officer patrolling the Tenderloin neighborhood near Market Street saw the suspect walking around UN Plaza and recognized him from the surveillance video of the first alleged attack.

The officer then arrested the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Samuel Youmtoub of San Francisco, on suspicion of aggravated assault.

According to jail records, Youmtoub was also arrested on suspicion of battery on a transit employee or passenger and is being held on $120,000 bail.

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