Oakland man arrested in vicious Pink Saturday robbery



An arrest has been made in connection with an incident in which a woman was kicked in the head in the Castro district after the Pink Saturday event during Pride weekend in June.

And the suspect apparently has gotten into trouble at the annual event before. Christopher Porter-Bailey, 23, of Oakland, was taken into custody with the help of Oakland police on Friday and booked into San Francisco County Jail in connection with the June 30 incident.

Police said they believe Porter-Bailey is the man shown in a surveillance video kicking a 28-year-old San Francisco woman while she was on the ground in the area of Market and Dolores streets.

Two years ago during Pink Saturday, according to an account in the Bay Area Reporter citing a police report, an Oakland man with Porter-Bailey's name and age was involved in a fight on Market Street.

The most recent allegations against Porter-Bailey are far more barbaric.

The June 30 incident unfolded about 1:50 a.m. when the woman was approached by a group of men and women on Market Street, Officer Albie Esparza said. The woman was robbed of her purse, which contained her cellphone, and was also pushed to the ground, Esparza said. When she attempted to get up, one of the muggers passed her, turned and then kicked her in the head, as shown in the video.

The woman was kicked “so violently that she lost consciousness,” Esparza said, adding that her injuries were not life threatening.

Investigators at the Mission Police Station identified Porter-Bailey as the suspect after releasing the video to the public, Esparza said.

On Monday, Porter-Bailey pleaded not guilty to the felony counts of second-degree robbery, assault causing great bodily injury and battery, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Wednesday. He remains in custody on $200,000 bail and is next expected in court Aug. 9.

Investigators are now trying to search for other suspects involved and also trying to determine whether they committed other robberies and assaults that night.

Police are urging victims who have not reported their ordeals to police to contact the Mission Station Investigation Team at (415) 558-5400.

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