The video shows a man in a grey hoodie chasing Higgins across Church Street between Market Street and Duboce Avenue, then beginning to assault Higgins, according to Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department. In the footage, which was released Thursday, August 21, a black bar has been placed over Higgins.
Higgins, who was also known as Feather, was found near Church and Duboce at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, August 10. He died at San Francisco General Hospital three days later after his family took him off life support.
Police also released an image of the person they’re looking for, who appears to be in his 20s or 30s, wearing just the red shirt that’s underneath the hoodie.
Esparza said the video came from the dashboard of a taxicab. He said he didn’t know whether the driver tried to intervene, but the cabbie turned the video into police.
Because of the camera angle, the video didn’t capture the rest of the attack on Higgins, Esparza said.
There were no obvious signs of trauma to Higgins when he was found at the scene, and it wasn’t until the footage was handed over to police that they began investigating the incident as an attempted homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. Once Higgins died, the case became a homicide investigation, Esparza said. He said he couldn’t comment on what injuries Higgins did have. It will likely be months before the medical examiner’s office releases the cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information in the case may call the police department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to 847411 and type SFPD, then the message. The incident number is 140 665 807.