SAN FRANCISCO – Collier Gwynn, gallery owner who sprayed a homeless man earlier this monthwas arrested Wednesday after San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins issued an arrest warrant.

Jenkins said on Twitter“The alleged battery of a homeless member of our community is completely unacceptable…”

“I thought it was very disturbing. I think it’s not normal, no matter how worried you are in a certain situation. I think it’s okay to spray water on somebody,” said Alex Sakiyama, who lives in district.

Sakiyama is familiar with the sprayed person, often hearing her screams at night.

“She often slept here naked, she stayed here, yes. I don’t know if it was bad enough to attack her,” Sakiyama said.

We spoke to Gwyn immediately after the incident, who initially did not apologize, but then, a few days later, regretted what he had done.

VIDEO: SF art gallery owner apologizes hours after forum slams him for spraying homeless man

While many felt a sense of outrage while watching the video.

“I was shocked, definitely disappointed,” said one woman who works in the area.

“We have a problem, but this is not the way to solve it,” said John Schramm, who lives nearby.

Some have told us that the streets of San Francisco are in serious trouble.

While outside the Collier Gwin Gallery, a man who appeared to be intoxicated was stationed at the door.

Some in the region say the situation was created because of the hose incident.

“It got dirty. She was dirty. There was food all over the sidewalk, a big mess, and she was screaming a lot and we could hear it in the building. It was hard, this woman needs help,” said another woman who lives nearby.

Neighbors tell us they haven’t seen a homeless person sprayed since this all happened. Collier Gwin was booked at 5:37 PM on Wednesday. We reached out to him and his family for their thoughts, but have not heard back.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins issued the following statement:

After an investigation by the San Francisco Police Department and review of all the evidence presented, my office issued an arrest warrant for Collier Gwin. On January 9, 2022, Gwynn will be charged with intentionally and unlawfully spraying water on and around a homeless woman.

The alleged battery of a homeless member of our community is completely unacceptable. Mr. Gwynn will face the appropriate consequences for his actions. Likewise, the vandalism at Foster Gwynne’s gallery is also completely unacceptable and must be stopped – two wrongs don’t make a right.

In the background:

  • Although the victim did not seek to press charges in this case, the evidence collected was sufficient to charge Mr. Gwynne with an offense (242 PC)
  • The District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Collier Gwin
  • Arrest warrants issued by the district attorney’s office are different from “Romey” warrants issued by courts. DA warrants include a criminal complaint and the specific charges and/or charges a person faces. Rummy warrants are issued by a court when law enforcement provides sufficient probable cause to make an arrest.
  • If convicted, Mr. Gwin faces up to six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine
  • Once Mr. Gwin is arrested/cited, his arraignment will be scheduled
  • At his arraignment, Mr. Gwynne is expected to plead guilty to each charge brought by prosecutors
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