A woman was arrested Thursday night in San Fransico, after police say she shoved an elderly Asian woman off an elevated Muni Metro platform in what appears to be an unprovoked attack — allegedly on account of her ethnicity.
Police say that the incident occurred at 8:20 a.m., on a Muni platform on the 4800 block of Third Street, which is where Third crosses Oakdale Avenue.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, an 81-year-old woman was standing on the Muni platform when a 51-year-old woman approached her from behind and shoved her, causing her to fall and slam her head on the pavement.
Officers found the victim, an 81-year-old San Francisco woman, sitting nearby and she was using a napkin to control the bleeding, police said.
Police say that witnesses gave them a suspect description and direction of escape.
Witnesses also told officers that the suspect pushed the victim from the platform.
Within minutes, a Bayview officer detained 51-year-old Jacqueline Miller of San Francisco at 3rd St. and Quesada Ave.
The victim and one of the witness identified Miller as the person who pushed the victim from the Muni platform, according to police.
The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.
Miller was booked into the San Francisco County Jail. She was charged with aggravated assault and elder abuse, both felonies. The woman was also slapped with a hate crime enhancement upon admitting that she attacked the victim because of her ethnicity. Her bail was set at $280,000.
Police say the investigation remains ongoing.
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