An 82-year-old woman was viciously assaulted by a woman in her 20s Monday morning for boarding a Muni bus before the attacker had disembarked, according to police.
Officers responded to a bus stop at Mission and 24th streets about 11 a.m. and found an elderly woman suffering from a head contusion. The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive, Officer Gordon Shyy said. The injuries were not life threatening, Shyy said.
According to a parking control officer who witnessed the attack, the incident unfolded when the younger woman was stepping off the bus and became angry that the elderly victim had been boarding.
She pushed the woman, leading to an argument, Shyy said.
During the argument, the suspect "punched the victim multiple times, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on the ground," Shyy said.
The suspect, described vaguely as a woman in her late 20s wearing gray clothing, fled and has not been arrested. Police are viewing video surveillance footage on the Muni bus in an attempt to find the suspect, Shyy said.
Police are asking for the public's help in apprehending the suspect, who faces elder abuse on top of battery charges. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.