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The suspect in a terrifying attack caught on surveillance cameras at a San Francisco condo complex has been released from jail.
Austin James Vincent, 25, was arrested on Sunday after police say he attacked Paneez Kosarian, a resident at the Watermark building.
Surveillance footage from the Watermark condo complex on Beale and Bryant appears to show a man attacking Kosarian 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.
According to Kosarian, it took police 30 minutes to respond. SFPD said they responded to the call in 22 minutes.
“He was trying to tell me he was trying to save my life,” Kosarian 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.”
Vincent was charged with false imprisonment, attempted robbery and misdemeanor battery. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports he was released Wednesday pending his trial next month. He was also given a stay-away order to keep his distance from Kosarian.
Vincent does not have a permanent address in San Francisco, police say.
“I’m shocked. I’m scared. Terrified,” Kosarian told KPIX on Wednesday. “I don’t understand what more it takes for the city and the judge to understand that this man is a danger to our society, our community, other residents.”
Vincent’s attorney, Saleem Belbahri of the public defender’s office, told The Chronicle, “The court determined that Mr. Vincent was not a threat to public safety, and he was released under restrictive conditions that require him to report to Assertive Case Management, which can assess his mental health needs and assist him in navigating the complex legal process ahead.”
A spokesman from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office told The Chronicle Vincent was released on the condition of “assertive case management,” meaning he’ll have to check in regularly with a case manager. The spokesman did not know how often Vincent was required to check in.
Kosarian has also tweeted at Gov. Gavin Newsom, asking him to intervene in the case.
“@GavinNewsom Please watch this video of me getting attacked at my front door less than 72-hrs ago. The man who attacked me was released this morning because the judge, Christine Van Aken believes that this man is not a danger to our community,” she tweeted. “PLEASE SAVE OUR CITY!!”
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