Two unrelated cases in which hot coffee was thrown onto victims are being investigated by San Francisco prosecutors.
Late last month, a man allegedly attacked the leader of an AA meeting which he was attending by throwing it towards him. The suspect apparently had a history of insulting and otherwise interrupting others at AA meetings in the past. The victim suffered serious blisters. The attacker was charged with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and felonious mayhem. According to prosecutors, he remains in custody on $100,000 bail.
A few days prior to the AA attack, police say a woman had a cup of coffee thrown in her face in a San Francisco Starbucks location, when she asked a man to move so her suitcase wouldn’t run over his feet. The man allegedly responded by saying, “f*** you, I’m not going to move,” and shouted more obscenities before throwing coffee in the woman’s face. Although she was reportedly crying in pain when police arrived, luckily the woman did not suffer a serious injury.
He attempted to flee, but was soon apprehended by police. The suspect has since been charged with one felony count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. According to prosecutors, he remains in custody on $50,000 bail.
According to Section 245(a)(1) of the California Penal Code,
Any person who commits an assault upon the person of
another […] by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury shall be
punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four
years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine
not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both the fine and
Thus, even though the weapon of choice in these cases is a seemingly benign cup of coffee, the charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury could mean years of prison and a sizable fine. Additionally, depending on the defendants’ prior histories, they could face sentence enhancements, and having the charge count as a strike against them.
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