San Francisco, CA – San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced today that her office secured a conviction of Thomas Crandell (39), after trial by jury for assaulting a woman on Duboce Avenue outside of her home. Mr. Crandell was convicted of one felony count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury (PC 245(a)(4)).
“I would like to thank the jury for their service and delivering justice to this victim,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “This verdict sends a strong message that violence in our community will not be tolerated. My office will always stand with victims and fight for justice in the courtroom and do everything we can to protect the safety of the public.”
On June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 am, SFPD officers were dispatched to an apartment building on Duboce Avenue on report of a person breaking into a residence. Upon their arrival, officers spoke with the victim and owner of the building. The victim reported that she was in her apartment when she was awakened by banging on the glass door that leads to her property, looked at the building surveillance cameras, and saw Mr. Crandell violently kicking her door. She went downstairs, exited the building, and asked the defendant to move along. He responded by calling her an anti-Asian slur before shoving her into the glass door of the building, causing her to hit her head. Mr. Crandell later picked up a metal scooter and struck the victim on the side of her body, causing injury. When the victim attempted to protect herself, he pushed her to the ground and hit her in the face. After the assault, Mr. Crandell fled the area but was subsequently arrested by Park Station officers ten days after the assault.
The case against Mr. Crandell was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jamal Anderson, with assistance from paralegal Yessenia Oropeza and victim advocate Shychai Douangsawang. Prosecutors were able to develop a strong case against Mr. Crandell because of the outstanding investigation of the San Francisco Police Department’s Park Station and Investigations Division.
“The defendant’s conduct was egregious and should never be tolerated in this city,” said Assistant District Attorney Jamal Anderson. “I applaud the jury for clearly sending that message and providing justice to the victim, who displayed tremendous courage and resolve throughout this long process.”
Mr. Crandell is currently in custody pending sentencing. He faces four years in State Prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January 29, 2024.
Court Numbers: 22005948