Alarmed by a middle-aged man brazenly holding up a sign marked by themes of killing, a female police sergeant was assaulted Thursday during her attempt to speak with him on Market Street, police said.
Around noon, the lone female officer, walking her Market Street beat on foot patrol, noticed a man with a sign that alluded to violence, San Francisco police spokesperson Sgt. Steve Mannina said.
As she began to walk over to the man, she was called awayfrom the scene to aid fellow officers, Mannina said. Her thoughts, however, were troubled by the man with the sign.
“What she thought was, ‘I need to go back to talk to him,’” Mannina said.
Returning to Market and Spear streets around 12:30 p.m., the officer caught up with the sign-wielding man and attempted to speak with him but was instead met with punches, Mannina said.
A witness noticed the man on top of the officer and helped push the suspect off.
The attacker — 44-year-old Richard Jaworski, according to police — was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. The white male has warrants for three previous incidents. Police did not have more information on his criminal record.
The officer suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
In July, The City announced a $10.8 million annual investment to boost the number of foot patrols. At the end of July, 37 additional officers were added at four police stations serving areas that include Market Street, South of Market, Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Mission district.
Examiner Staff Writer David Smith contributed to this report.