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The victim says police cannot protect residents anymore
Despite a surveillance video showing a violent assault on a woman outside her San Francisco apartment, a judge has released the suspect and unleashed a torrent of outrage.
Paneez Kosarian told ABC 7 News that she was trying to walk home when the man grabbed her and tried to drag her from the entrance of her apartment building.
She said that he told her she needed to be saved from robots before he attacked her.
Kosarian also claimed that he mocked her threat to call the police, saying, "they're not going to do anything to me."
Despite viewing the video, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christine Van Aken released the suspect, Austin James Vincent, to a "pretrial diversion program" instead of sending him to jail until his next court appearance.
The video of the attack quickly went viral with many criticizing Van Aken for the bizarre decision that could put others in danger, including the original victim.
Kosarian said on her social media account that she was informed about the reason he was released.
"I was informed this morning that the man that viciously attacked me Saturday night poses no threat to the residents of San Francisco 'because he was on drugs and couldn't think clearly' and has been released pending his trail," she tweeted.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed criticized the judge's decision after the public outrage.
"Any assault like this in our City is disturbing," Breed said.
"I think the court's decision to release him while he awaits trial was clearly wrong," he added. "This man needs to be receiving mental health services under observation, not back out on the street."
Kosarian posted the booking photo of the suspect arrested in her attack, and demanded that local lawmakers do something to prevent more violence.
Vincent's next court date is on Sept. 12.
Here's the surveillance video of the violent attack:
40 seconds of of terror. Surveillance video as woman fights off attackerwww.youtube.com
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.