San Francisco Police Department officials on Wednesday arrested a business owner who filmed spraying water on a homeless woman outside his Jackson Square gallery on January 9.
“Following the investigation by the San Francisco Police Department and review of all the evidence presented, my office has issued an arrest warrant for Collier Gwin,” San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement shared with KGO TV.
According to the press release, authorities are charging Gwin with a misdemeanor battery charge for “the alleged intentional and unlawful spraying of water on and around a homeless woman on January 9, 2022.”
Following @SFPD‘s investigation and review of all the evidence presented, my office has issued a warrant for Collier Gwin’s arrest. Gwin faces a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly willfully and unlawfully spraying water on and around a woman affected by homelessness on 1/9/22.
— Brooke Jenkins 謝安宜 (@BrookeJenkinsSF) January 19, 2023
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Police officers arrived at the gallery at 4pm on Wednesday and escorted Gwin to a squad car. The arrest was made without incident CBS News reported.
“The alleged battery of an unaccommodated member of our community is totally unacceptable. Mr. Gwin will face appropriate consequences for his actions,” Jenkins said.
Wednesday’s arrest comes a week after bystanders filmed Gwin spraying water from a hose at the woman outside his gallery.
A video of the incident, shared on Twitter by British journalist Anthony Davis, showed the lady sitting by a tree and begging Gwin to stop while he splashed water on her several times.
INDICATIVE CONTENT ⚠️ Collier Gwin faces misdemeanor charges after he was accused of intentionally and unlawfully spraying water at a homeless woman sitting on a sidewalk in front of his San Francisco gallery. pic.twitter.com/ffAgxQzstR
— Anthony Davis (@theanthonydavis) January 19, 2023
“I found it really disturbing. I think it’s not okay no matter how disturbing you are in a given situation. I think it’s not okay to throw water on someone,” Alex Sakiyama, a neighbor, told KGO-TV.
According to Sakiyama, the sprayed woman was a familiar sight in the neighborhood. He told KGO-TV that he often heard her scream at night.
“She used to sleep naked here a lot, she stayed around here, yes. I don’t know if attacking her was bad enough,” Sakiyama said, according to the news channel.
When KGO-TV initially reached out to Gwin, he refused to apologize, the outlet reported.
However, when the video went viral, he said he eventually apologized several times CBS News.
“What they saw is very unfortunate,” Gwin said in an interview with KPIX-TV.
“I feel terrible, not just because I want to get out of trouble or something, but because I tried so hard to help that woman on the street,” he said.
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“I’m very, very sorry. I won’t defend myself; I won’t because I can’t defend this,” he added, according to the outlet.
Gwin faces up to six months in prison and a $2,000 fine if convicted.
“I’m back out there cleaning up her mess,” Gwin said CBS last week. “I was washing it down, trying to clean things up, and I just freaked out. I poured around her and I just snapped as she went off in her belligerent tongues and stuff. And I just snapped and pulled the hose higher and sprayed them.
“When I look at myself in the film, I can’t even believe it’s me,” Gwin said. “But I didn’t know what else to do. It got so frustrating.”
Gwin, who has lived in the city for 45 years, told CBS News that prior to the incident he tried to get help for the woman multiple times, including days when she cleaned up any mess she left.
The lady often knocked over trash cans and alienated his customers, Gwin said, according to CBS News. Wednesday’s confrontation came as he was cleaning up a mess she had made, Gwin said, according to CBS News.
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