SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An arrest made in the shoving of an 81-year-old woman off of a San Francisco Municipal Railway platform in the city’s Bayview District Thursday includes a hate crime enhancement, police said Friday.
Jacqueline Miller, 51, of San Francisco, was arrested and booked at San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and elder abuse, according to police.
Because Miller allegedly made statements that she assaulted the victim because of her ethnicity, a hate crime enhancement was included, police said.
The case began at about 8:20 a.m. when officers went to the area of Third Street and Palou Avenue in response to a call about a woman being pushed off a Muni platform, police said.
The officers found an 81-year-old woman sitting nearby, bleeding from a head wound and using a napkin to control the bleeding, according to police.
Witnesses told the officers that a suspect had pushed the 81-year-old woman from the platform, and she fell onto the road, hitting her head on the pavement, police said.
There was no exchange between the two women before the younger one allegedly pushed the 81-year-old, police said.
The witnesses also described the suspect and which direction she was going when she left.
Minutes later, an officer found a person at Third Street and Quesada Avenue who matched the description, according to police. The victim and a witness identified the woman, Miller, as the suspect, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital and was listed as having injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening, police said.
While an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department’s tip line at (415) 575-4444 or can text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”
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