A 31-year-old man accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl by her neck and pinning her up against a building in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood last week is being evaluated to determine whether he is mentally competent to participate in criminal proceedings.
The suspect, Andras Kosdi, remains in custody following his arrest on April 15. A mental competency report has been ordered and he is set to return to court on April 30, prosecutors said.
The attack occurred at about 7:40 a.m. on April 15 as the 5-year-old girl was walking with her mother near the intersection of Union and Octavia streets, San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
The suspect approached them and grabbed the girl by her neck. He lifted her off the ground before pinning her up against a nearby building, Andraychak said.
The girl’s mother called 911 and responding officers arrested Kosdi on suspicion of false imprisonment, aggravated assault and child abuse, police said.
The girl suffered a bloody scratch and other injuries to her neck. She was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, which were not considered life-threatening, according to police.
Andraychak said the suspect told officers that he had a medical illness and he was subsequently taken to a separate hospital for examination. It appears that the girl and her mother did not know Kosdi and that it was an isolated incident.
Kosdi has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 30, but criminal proceedings would be suspended if a judge determines he is not mentally competent.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News