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San Francisco police say they’ve made an arrest in a terrifying incident caught on camera Sunday night.
Surveillance footage from the Watermark condo complex on Beale and Bryant appears to show a man attacking a woman outside of the glass doors around 1:40 a.m. Initially, he blocks her access to the doors. As she maneuvers to get a grip on the door handle, he starts pulling her backward into the street. A guard at the security desk gets up and eventually gets the woman inside the complex and locks the door.
Police say Austin James Vincent, 25, has been booked at San Francisco County Jail on charges of battery, attempted robbery and false imprisonment. According to SFPD, he has no local address.
The woman in the clip has identified herself as Paneez Kosarianfard and spoke to several local media outlets about the encounter.
“[Vincent] was trying to tell me he was trying to save my life,” Kosarianfard told KRON4. “All the people I see are robots and he is the only human being on earth and he’s trying to save me. He asked me to open the door so that he could go and kill our concierge, or front desk lady, and earn my trust. I realized this man is very mentally unstable.”
According to Kosarianfard, it took police 30 minutes to respond. SFPD said they responded to the call in 22 minutes.
Mayor London Breed’s office issued a statement to KTVU, calling the incident “terrible” and “disturbing.”
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