Who is Steven Jenkins?
Steven Jenkins is a San Francisco man who is reportedly accused of assaulting two elderly Asian people, including Xiao Zhen Xie, within minutes of each other in San Francisco. The attacks occurred around 10 a.m. on March 17 near the United Nations Plaza.
Jenkins faces two charges of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and two charges of elder abuse. He was booked into the San Francisco County Jail.
How old is Steven Jenkins?
Steven Jenkins is believed to be in his late 20s.
Steven Jenkins Attack
San Francisco Police officers responded to the area of Market and 7th Street on March 17 around 10:10 a.m. after receiving a call about an aggravated assault. Police explained that Jenkins had initially been “involved in a physical altercation in U.N. Plaza approximately 30 minutes before the incident.”
Police said Jenkins later “approached the male victim and assaulted him.”
Jenkins fled the scene on foot. Police said a local security guard was alerted to the situation and chased after Jenkins. As Jenkins was running away, police said he attacked an elderly woman who had been standing at the intersection of Market Street and Charles J. Brenham Place waiting to cross the street.
KTVU-TV, citing police, reported that the security guard detained Jenkins after the attacks until officers caught up.
But Jenkins was also held up by the second victim, according to witnesses at the scene.
Steven Jenkins Assault
Xiao Zhen Xie was leaning against a utility pole waiting for the traffic light to change when she said she was suddenly attacked. She told CBS station KPIX-TV she didn’t know the man and that he punched her seemingly out of nowhere. She said there was no provocation.
But Xie fought back. With her adult daughter serving as a translator, Xie told the TV station that she picked up a stick and hit the man with it. Witnesses told KPIX-TV Xie was “pummeling” the suspect after he had hit her. Xie had picked up what look to be either a wooden board or paddle.
Just came upon an attack on an elderly Asian woman on Market Street San Francisco. Effort I got more details pic.twitter.com/5o8r0eeHE2
— Dennis O’Donnell (@DennisKPIX) March 17, 2021
Xiao Zhen Xie San Francisco
Xie’s family told KPIX-TV she was treated at a local hospital. She suffered two black eyes, one of which continued to bleed. Her daughter described Xie as “dizzy, very scared, and traumatized and very hurt” after the attack. A GoFundMe campaign launched by Xie’s grandson to help pay for medical expenses.
It has raised more than $450,000 in less than one day.
Steven Jenkins San Francisco
After law enforcement responded to the scene, Jenkins was taken to the hospital due to an “unrelated, prior medical condition,” the San Francisco Police Department explained. He was released from the hospital a few hours later and booked into the San Francisco County Jail.
Inmate records show Jenkins was formally booked into custody at 4:31 p.m. on March 17. Bond was set at $50,000. The online inmate record did not, as of this writing, list an attorney who could speak on Jenkins’ behalf. No court date has yet been scheduled.
Steven Jenkins Arrested
Jenkins is facing four charges, according to the San Francisco PD and inmate information listed on the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department website. The police department did not make Jenkins’ mugshot available to the public.