A 26-year-old man is facing assault and robbery charges after allegedly attacking another man in Dolores Park.
According to a San Francisco Police Department summary, the incident started when the victim, a 66-year-old man, “was walking through a dark area of the park” just after 1 a.m. Thursday, April 25.
Joshua Marshall approached the man and asked for a place to spend the night, according to police. The victim refused, SFPD spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said in the summary.
Marshall allegedly threw the man to the ground and punched him several times. He then took the victim’s cellphone and left the scene, Shyy said. A responding officer located Marshall and took him into custody.
The victim’s injuries included a bloody nose and bruising to his face, police said.
SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said in an interview that the victim had been walking from 18th Street on a park path near Church Street. That section of the park has been known for late-night gay cruising. According to Esparza, the victim lives nearby, but he didn’t know what the man had been doing in the park other than walking, or if he is gay.
According to court records, Marshall, who doesn’t appear to have an attorney yet and whose city of residence isn’t clear, is in San Francisco County Jail facing felony charges of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and second-degree robbery. He hasn’t been arraigned as of today (Friday, April 26) and his bail hasn’t been set, according to court records. Police haven’t released his booking photo.