Rachel Marshall, (415) 416-4468, Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the filing of charges against Daniel Cauich for the stabbing of a 94-year-old Chinese woman yesterday. The District Attorney is filing charges of attempted murder (Penal Code Section 664/187;) battery causing serious bodily injury (Penal Code Section 243(d)); and elder abuse (Penal Code Section 368(b)(1)). The arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon.
“We are devastated by this recent, horrific attack. We stand with the AAPI community and the vulnerable elderly community which, around the nation, have faced too many tragic incidents like this one over the past year,” said District Attorney Boudin. “We will continue to work tirelessly in prosecuting this case and also to develop new strategies and tools to prevent crime.”
The charges in this case stem from an unprovoked attack the morning of June 16, 2021 as the 94 year-old victim was walking down the 800 block of Post Street. It is alleged that Mr. Cauich walked towards her with a knife in hand and repeatedly stabbed her, and then continued walking past her before discarding the knife. She suffered a stab wound on her forearm, requiring suturing, along with lacerations to her hip, torso, and is also experiencing head pain. She remains in the hospital and, thankfully, is expected to recover.
“I want to thank the medical team who has been working to treat the victim,” said District Attorney Boudin. “I also commend the SFPD officers who quickly made an arrest.”
The District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Services advocates reached out to the victim’s family and will continue to provide support and services for the victim and her family.
There have been questions about Mr. Cauich’s background, and some have spread misinformation about the District Attorney’s role in recent cases. Mr. Cauich’s last arrest was in May of 2021, when the District Attorney’s Office filed new felony charges and sought his detention. The District Attorney’s request to detain Mr. Cauich was denied by the court and he was released on an ankle monitor.
Earlier this year, the District Attorney’s Office also prosecuted Mr. Cauich for felony burglary offenses and he was convicted of three separate felony burglary charges and sentenced to jail time and probation, along with other conditions.