A woman I see on my daily morning hikes in William Land Park in Sacramento was attacked by a homeless man this week. Her attack took place as I was finishing my walk and returning home nearby.
The only thing separating the woman attacked and me is my German Shepherd Hans. And Hans and I have been attacked by a homeless woman’s Pit Bull.
William Land Park is a large regional park of 207 acres located in the City of Sacramento. It is home to the Land Park Golf Course, Fairytale Town, Funderland, the Sacramento Zoo and hundreds of acres of open park, picnic areas, jogging trails, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, an amphitheater and a kiddie wading pool and playground.
People feel safe in the park. Or at least they used to. I won’t venture into the park alone without Hans and pepper spray.
The woman attacked screamed as the homeless guy pinned her to the ground and she couldn’t get away. As she screamed, an employee at the golf course hopped in a golf cart and rode to the woman’s rescue, CBS Local reported.
“He and another citizen had to pull this individual off of her,” Curt David the PGA Pro at the William Land Golf course told CBS.
I regularly photograph the homeless who live in the park. Some days tents are erected. Some days the homeless are hanging out by the public restrooms buying, selling and doing drugs. Some days they are passed out in the bushes or on top of picnic tables.
Recently on a morning hike, my dog stopped to sniff something in the grass, and I saw a pile of vomit near a pile of feces. A homeless man was passed out nearby.
There is a woman who lives in the park. She is clearly very mentally ill, and screams profanities at people passing by. A almost always shirtless man who lives in the park often chases people while screaming at them.
On any given day different homeless men in various stages of drug stupor are seen masturbating.
So, what was the outcome with the homeless attacker and the woman he attacked?
CBS Local reported:
“Sacramento police arrived at the scene and did not make an arrest. They took the suspect to a hospital for a mental health evaluation at the victim’s request. Police issued a statement reading, in part:
“For a police officer to take enforcement on a misdemeanor that does not occur in their presence, an involved party would need to declare their desire to perform a citizen’s arrest, which the police can facilitate. The involved person in this incident did not desire for any criminal enforcement to take place…”
The woman attacked did not press charges and the police did not arrest the homeless attacker. Thanks to Propositions 47 and 57, attacking a woman in broad daylight while high on meth is no longer classified a “violent felony.”
A friend asked, “How many people end up dying not because they were let out early, but because someone didn’t press charges.”
Another friend said (ironically), “if he just had a home that would’ve never happened.” I replied, “Exactly. He would have been tucked in to his tiny home drinking his morning coffee.”
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