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Elderly man allegedly pushed by shoplifter is SF’s latest homicide victim

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An 85-year-old man died at the hospital Sunday after a suspected shoplifter allegedly knocked him over in North Beach last week, marking the fifth homicide reported in San Francisco in just a matter of days.

San Francisco resident Sami Batshoun was pushed to the ground as an alleged thief ran out of a store near Columbus Avenue and Lombard Street last Thursday at around 4:12 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Batshoun was initially thought to be only “slightly injured” but later died at the hospital as a result of the incident, according to police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca.

Garret Roy Miller, 31, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor commercial shoplifting and felony elder abuse last Thursday.

The District Attorney’s Office filed murder and various other charges against Miller on Monday, according to spokesperson Alex Bastian.

The death marked the 19th homicide reported in San Francisco so far this year.

The City has recorded five homicides since June 2 after more than a month without a killing reported.

Last Thursday alone, 21-year-old Jaime Poole was shot and killed in the Mission District and 34-year-old Vanessa Palma was allegedly shot to death by her husband in the Excelsior.

Miller is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Jail records show Miller is being held on bail at San Francisco General Hospital.

This story has been updated to include additional information.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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