Teen arrested after brutal beating reportedly lands 88-year-old woman in hospital with fractured neck, skull

Authorities in California say an 18-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of staging a nearly fatal attack on an elderly woman at her home on January 8.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, police officers arrested Keonte Gathron on Saturday night, alleging that he was behind the assault and burglary of 88-year-old Yik Oi Huang. The incident took place at the alleged victim’s home in the Visitacion Valley area of San Francisco.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott issued a statement indicating that the investigation remains ongoing while applauding the investigative work that led to an arrest in the case.

“But we want to express our gratitude to neighbors and leaders in the Visitacion Valley community who worked closely with our investigators to address this act of senseless violence,” he said, noting an update in the probe will come later in the week.

The suspect was nabbed by police on an unrelated robbery allegation and later charged in connection with the physical assault. Authorities had already released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Though Shamann Walton, a member of the Board of Supervisors representing the area, celebrated the arrest, he said the “community still has a lot of work to do to heal” in the wake of the attack.

He has advocated for additional safety measures in the area, including new surveillance cameras.

As of the latest reports available, Huang remained hospitalized where she has been treated for a fractured neck and skull among other injuries.

The family is seeking donations to help with her mounting medical expenses and her daughter has joined the call for increased neighborhood safety.

“We need to come together as a community and I want each block to have a camera, whether a personal camera or a public surveillance one,” Helen Yee said.

[Featured image: San Francisco Police Department, GoFundMe]