People v Carl Thompson
On April 11, 2017, a jury found Defendant Carl Thompson guilty of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and the enhancement that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.
On October 27, 2016, the victim was at the Fremont BART station in the bus zone waiting for the 181 bus. The victim heard Defendant Thompson yelling behind her and using profanity towards Defendant Thompson's girlfriend. The victim turned around and asked Defendant Thompson if he was speaking to her. Defendant Thompson responded by telling her that he was speaking to her, and that he was going to send his girlfriend to beat the victim up.
Defendant Thompson began walking towards the victim and asked her how much money she had in her purse, and told her multiple times to put her purse down. The victim put her bag down, but quickly picked it up again after she made the decision not to willingly give her purse to the defendant. Defendant Thompson stood within inches of the victim and spat in her face. The victim pushed Defendant Thompson away from her and he responded by violently attacking her.
Two witnesses heard the commotion, and looked towards where the victim and Defendant Thompson were standing. The witnesses saw Defendant Thompson and the victim briefly tussling, then saw Defendant Thompson push the victim onto the ground, get on top of her, and repeatedly punch her in the head. Defendant Thompson then fled the scene.
The victim was taken to the emergency room. As a result of the attack, the victim suffered serious injuries to her face and head that required stitches and staples, as well as a severely strained neck.
Defendant Carl Thompson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, 2017.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Nick Homer with assistance from DA Inspectors Erik Karsseboom and Tom Simonetti, as well as Victim-Witness Advocate Jenifer Mello.
Posted on Apr 19, 2017