Man Found Guilty of Robbing and Assaulting a Nanny in the Presence of an Eight-Month-Old Baby

News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón


March 15, 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a jury found Ronald D. Mitchell, age 43, guilty yesterday afternoon of the second degree robbery and assault of Michelle Maness, age 26. 

“Shaken and terrified, the victim in this case was robbed and assaulted while taking care of a baby,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “It’s unacceptable that someone would feel so bold and endanger our community. This conduct cannot be tolerated.”

According to court records, Defendant Mitchell approached the victim, Michelle Maness, on October 4, 2017 at approximately 12:00 p.m. in the area of Lincoln Way and 19th Avenue. Ms. Maness, a nanny, was walking an eight-month-old baby under her care in a stroller when Mitchell approached her from behind and took her cell phone from her right rear pants pocket. She felt the movement behind her and turned around to find Mitchell, the only person in the area. She immediately yelled for help.


Mitchell grabbed Ms. Maness by the arm and threw her to the ground. Bystanders nearby approached Mitchell and asked him to leave Ms. Maness alone. In response, Mitchell threw Ms. Maness’ cellphone onto the ground and smashed it. Ms. Maness retrieved her phone and retreated inside a gas station nearby with the baby.


Meanwhile, Mitchell picked up a gas station fill cover and held it over his head, violently yelling at a gas station employee and others in the area before walking away in the direction of 18th Avenue.


Officers responding to multiple 911 calls arrested Mitchell in front of 1248 18th Avenue. Ms. Maness subsequently identified Mitchell as the attacker.

“It is reprehensible that the defendant chose such a vulnerable set of victims,” said Assistant District Attorney Dane Reinstedt. "I hope that Ms. Maness and the infant's family find some solace in this verdict." 

The Honorable Ross Moody presided.  This successful prosecution is another example of the effective relationship between the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco Police Department. A special recognition goes to SFPD Sergeant Paul Doherty and Officer Mary Godfrey. Additional thanks go to Paralegal Lee-Ann Collins and Victim Advocate Francesca Zarate, and to Assistant District Attorney Brittney Delgado for her pre-trial litigation assistance. Assistant District Attorney Dane Reinstedt prosecuted the case.