Man arrested in assault on homeless man charge with attempted murder

The man arrested in connection with the brutal attack of a homeless man in the Tenderloin last week has been charged by the District Attorney's Office with attempted murder, battery and assault.

Arthur Lee Jones, 35 and a Fairfield resident, was arrested Thursday in connection with the brutal assault that was captured on surveillance video in the area of Larkin and Geary streets.

In the video footage, the homeless man can be seen sitting on something on the sidewalk in front of a Tenderloin bar. A man walks up and pulls a pipe from behind his back and strikes the homeless man in the head. He hits the man so hard that the pipe flies from his hand.

The suspect then picks up the pipe and walks away from the scene.

There is still no known motive in the assault, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Monday, or if the two were known to each other.

Jones is expected in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for arraignment, Bastian said.

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