A 35-year-old man with an extensive criminal history was arrested for the alleged stabbing of a 94-year-old Asian woman in the San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill neighborhood.
Daniel Cauich was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in Nob Hill, around an hour-and-a-half after San Francisco police discovered the victim with multiple stab wounds. He faces charges of elder abuse, attempted homicide, committing a felony while on bail or release and probation violation, among other charges.
KPIX identified the victim as Anh Taylor, a Chinese-Vietnamese woman who has lived in San Francisco for over four decades.
Taylor was treated at the scene and later transported to a hospital; she is expected to survive the attack.
Mayor London Breed decried the stabbing and other attacks on the Asian American community in San Francisco, saying in a tweet “that this type of violence is unacceptable and has no place in our city.”
“Our thoughts are with the victim, who is expected to survive,” Breed said in another tweet. “I want to thank the officers for their quick action.”
In an interview with KGO, she said that the stabbing could have been avoided if the city’s criminal justice system held Cauich “accountable for the other crimes they committed in the first place.”
“It’s up to the District Atttorney to prosecute,” she said. “It’s also up to the courts to hold people accountable and something is missing here and a ball is getting dropped.” San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin told KGO that the courts denied a motion to detain Cauich in May.
San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney also condemned the attacks as “disgusting and deplorable” on Twitter.