Man Arraigned on Elder Abuse Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2011

CONTACT:
ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

MAN ARRAIGNED ON ELDER ABUSE CHARGES

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Markus Husarek (CN 11011909) was arraigned on charges of elder abuse, assault and battery.

“Physical attacks on elders prey on the most vulnerable San Franciscans,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The severity of the injuries the victim suffered in this case exemplify the pain and suffering that occurs when a senior citizen is attacked.”

On Thursday, May 05, 2011, defendant Husarek appeared before the Honorable Sylvia Husing in Department 10 of San Francisco Superior Court for arraignment on three felonies: inflicting injury on an elder likely to cause great bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code Section 368(b)(1), assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code Section 245(a)(1) and battery with serious bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code Section 243(d). The District Attorney’s Office also alleged the defendant caused great bodily injury in violation of California Penal Code Sections 368(b)(2) and 12022.7(c). Defendant Husarek pled not guilty to all charges and allegations.

According to court documents, on May 2, 2011, defendant Husarek, allegedly attacked the 84 year old victim at Fisherman’s Wharf. The defendant allegedly grabbed the victim and threw him onto the trolley tracks. The victim suffered injuries including pelvic fractures and a head injury requiring staples.

Bail has been set in the amount of $150,000. The case was continued to Wednesday, May 18, 2011 for preliminary hearing in Department 10.
The arrest of defendant Husarek is the result of an investigation by the San Francisco Police Department Sergeant Lum and Officers Garay, O’Brien and Milligan. Tiffaney Gipson is the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting this case.

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