A San Francisco man was charged with three felonies on Wednesday after he was accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in her apartment on New Year’s Eve.
A 99-year-old woman who resides in a Chinatown housing project reported that a man knocked on her door around 12:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. She said that she opened the door and tried to obstruct him from entering, but he came inside anyway.
After the man was in her apartment, the alleged victim said that he washed his hands before he pulled down his pants and tried to have sex with her upon her bed. She reportedly told the man that he was causing her physical pain, which caused him to cease and leave her home.
While investigating the woman’s claims, the authorities watched surveillance video from the apartment complex and obtained a description of the suspect. He was reported as wearing a “light grey hooded sweatshirt with a blue vest, black and white striped pants, and black and white golf-type shoes” by the San Francisco Police Department in a public statement that they released asking for any information that would help them find the man.
On Wednesday, a man was spotted walking down the street who the police believed fit the description of the suspect seen in the video. The man, identified as 26-year-old Teandre Howard-Kidd, was allegedly wearing an outfit similar or identical to the man seen in the footage as well.
Howard-Kidd was picked up and taken into custody for suspicion of residential burglary, battery, assault with intent to commit a felony, false imprisonment, and inflicting injury on an elder. He was detained in the San Francisco Jail on $275,000 bond awaiting his arraignment the following day.
The suspect allegedly told the authorities that he had come into contact on more than one occasion and he believed she went out of her way to make it apparent that she desired him sexually. He was additionally reported as saying that he did go to the woman’s apartment and when he put his hands on her she did not protest. Considering her previous behavior he allegedly thought that she was showing her consent.
When Howard-Kidd, who is on probation for vehicle theft, attended his arraignment he was officially charged with one felony count of first-degree burglary with intent to commit sexual assault, one felony count of residential burglary, and one felony count of elder abuse. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges, and his public defender asked the judge to take Howard-Kidd’s financial situation into consideration when issuing a bail amount for the man, who reportedly works in the field of maintenance.
The prosecution asked that he be held without bail or for a minimum amount of $1,000,000, with the judge ultimately ruling that Howard-Kidd would be detained in lieu of $200,000, and was reported as crediting his decision based on “knowing that he is not likely to make that.”
Howard-Kidd is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. If he is convicted of the charges he could face a lifetime prison sentence.
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