San Francisco & Oakland
Documenting the Impact of Homeless Addicts and the Severely Mentally Ill on the Community
Stephen Miller, a homeless man, grabbed a full can of soda from the cooler of a group of women having a picnic lunch with their daughters at the beach. He threw the can at one mother’s face, knocking her out and causing her to be hospitalized with a serious eye injury and a broken nose.
Brendan Greene, a homeless man, was unconscious at the main branch of the San Francisco library. A library security guard approached to revive him with NARCAN, when Greene’s pitbull attacked the guard. The guard sustained multiple life-changing injuries requiring multiple surgeries, including his right quadriceps muscle completely torn from the knee and a rotator cuff tear requiring a total shoulder replacement.
Daniel Cauich, a homeless man, repeatedly stabbed a 94-year-old woman going for a walk in her neighborhood. The victim required surgery and was no longer able to live independently following the attack.
Donovan Cole Catron, a homeless man, beat and repeatedly stabbed a 72-year-old storekeeper. The victim lost an eye and partial vision in the other eye and had wounds on his chest and arms.
Patrick Thompson, a homeless man with a history of assault, repeatedly stabbed two women waiting at a bus stop after grocery shopping—an 84-year-old woman and a 63-year-old woman. The victims were hospitalized and required multiple surgeries.
Sidney Hammond, a homeless man, repeatedly punched a 36-year-old man walking with his one-year-old daughter, continuing the beating until police restrained him. The previous day, Hammond had punched a 61-year-old man walking down the sidewalk, causing him to fall and sustain head injuries. A month earlier, Hammond attacked a clerk at a nearby grocery store.
Beating & Stabbing
Jorge Devis-Milton, a homeless man, repeatedly punched a 59-year-old man walking down the sidewalk with his lunch causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness. 30 minutes earlier, Devis-Milton had stabbed a 64-year-old man waiting for a bus in the face and knocked him to ground. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Michael Lopez, a homeless man, was following and threatening two women walking down the sidewalk when a man confronted him. Lopez then attacked that man and two others with a broomstick.
Haskell Allen, a homeless man, pushed an 83-year-old-man walking on sidewalk, causing him to fall to the pavement and break his hip in multiple places. The victim required over a month of inpatient care to recover.
Stabbing & Beating
George Kennedy, a homeless man with untreated schizophrenia, stabbed a 27-year-old woman who was jogging and hit a 57-year-old woman with a heavy tool while she was walking. Both women were hospitalized for their injuries.
According to the San Francisco Fire Department, there were 457 homeless encampment fires in 2019, more than 700 in 2020, and more than 700 in 2021. Some neighborhoods suffer homelessness-related fires on a weekly basis.
A fire broke out at a homeless encampment under a MacArthur Maze onramp in Oakland, igniting RVs, other vehicles, and propane tanks, and threatening the structural integrity of the road.
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