A 58-year-old San Francisco woman has been arrested for allegedly attacking and injuring an elderly woman on a sidewalk in downtown Berkeley last month, police said today. The 85-year-old victim, an Oakland native, was walking with a family member on Shattuck Avenue near Allston Way at 9:31 p.m. on Sept. 23 when she was violently pushed to the ground by the suspect without provocation, Berkeley police said.
The shove caused serious injury to the victim and she required treatment at a hospital, police said. A community member who saw a video of the incident released by police last week called the Police Department with information that led to the arrest of the suspect, Carol Freeman. Freeman was arrested at the Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between Allston Way and Center Street at 12:23 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Freeman, who is being held in custody in lieu of $110,000 bail, has been charged with felony battery, battery on an elderly person and causing great bodily injury, according to police. Freeman, who is unemployed, was arraigned earlier this week and was scheduled to return to court today to be assigned an attorney and possibly enter a plea.
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