Suspect arrested in Tenderloin assault

A man was arrested in connection with an incident last week in which he is accused of critically injuring a diminutive 57-year-old woman in the Tenderloin, according to police.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested Thursday night. The attack allegedly occurred about 5 a.m. Nov. 5 near O’Farrell and Jones streets, an intersection that has reportedly seen an uptick in crime.

The victim was involved in a fight with two other women when the “very large” suspect got involved, police said. After the woman was punched, police said, her head hit the ground, causing “significant damage.”

She remained in critical condition Friday, but her condition was unknown Monday.

The intersection where the attack occurred has seen an increase in crime, said Tenderloin Police Station Capt. Jason Cherniss. He believes community and police crackdowns in other areas of the neighborhood have shifted the criminal incidents.

Cherniss said he hopes more Tenderloin residents will unite and mobilize against the criminal element, saying police crackdowns on their own are a short-term solution.

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