Man Who Stabbed 94-Year-Old Asian Woman Multiple Times Gets Probation

March 16, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—A man who stabbed a 94-year-old Asian woman in the streets of San Francisco avoided jail time after being sentenced to probation and a “behavioral and mental health treatment program.”

Anh “Peng” Taylor, a Chinese and Vietnamese immigrant was stabbed multiple times in the city’s Lower Nob Hill neighborhood back in June 2021 in broad daylight by Daniel Cauich.

The attack was caught on camera.

Police soon arrested Cauich after the attack and he was later charged with attempted murder, elder abuse, and assault while facing other burglary charges in a separate case, according to The San Francisco Standard.

The case was initially handled by District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled in June 2022 for his soft-on-crime disposition. He was later replaced by District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.

On Friday, March 15, Judge Kay Tsenin, sentenced Cauich to probation and a strict behavioral and mental health treatment program. The court also combined the attack and another burglary case in his sentencing.

The program claims Cauich will be under intensive supervision in a facility with limited freedom until the behavioral course is completed.

Assistant District Attorney Phoebe Maffei opposed the sentence and argued that Cauich is a danger to the community and should serve 12 years in prison for the stabbing.

“[The stabbing] was senseless and horrifying and suggests a quick willingness to do harm to vulnerable people within our community,” Maffei wrote in a document protesting the sentence.

Now 97 years old, Taylor survived the attack and has since moved to an assisted living home, according to her daughter, Vivianne Taylor.

Feature Screenshots via Family Courtesy Photo & San Francisco Police Department

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