“This is very disturbing video,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. “Myself and the police department wanted to make sure the individual was arrested and now we are going to prosecute him.”
The prosecutor says the video shows the homeless woman, Elizabeth Murray, being kicked seven different times, though Chase’s public defender said in court the victim was not seriously injured.
Law enforcement sources tell us Murray refused medical attention, and told police she couldn’t remember what happened to her, but that her head hurt.
“She is having problems memorizing what occurred,’ said Gascon. “But we have a video clearly showing what occurred. But she can’t remember, so it’s possible she was hurt and is having problems as a result of the assault.”
Since his arrest, Chase has been in custody at the Hall of Justice. The judge set bail Tuesday at $100,000, even though the prosecution asked for bail at $250,000.
Prosecutors say Chase has a criminal record that includes attempted robbery.
Chase was due back in court in about two weeks.
If convicted, Chase could be sentenced to five years in prison.