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San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said Wednesday that her office has issued an arrest warrant for Collier Gwin, the man caught on video spraying a homeless woman with a hose as she sat on a sidewalk on Montgomery Street in the city’s North Beach neighborhood. 

In a statement, Jenkins said Gwin faces a misdemeanor battery charge for his actions on Jan. 9, which were captured in a video that went viral online early last week.

If he’s convicted, the district attorney’s office said, Gwin could face up to six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine. 

“The alleged battery of an unhoused member of our community is completely unacceptable,” Jenkins said in her statement. “Mr. Gwin will face appropriate consequences for his actions. Likewise, the vandalism at Foster Gwin gallery is also completely unacceptable and must stop — two wrongs don’t make a right.”

After the video began widely circulating, the door of Gwin’s gallery was smashed, and a surge of negative reviews on Yelp drove the business’s average rating on the site to one star. The owners of Barbarossa Lounge — the outside of which can be seen behind Gwin in the video but is not associated with Gwin — said they have received hundreds of threatening and hateful messages since the video appeared online, as people who saw the clip wrongly believed Gwin was an employee of their business. 

In interviews with the media, Gwin claimed he was attempting to clean the sidewalk on which the woman was sitting when she became belligerent and started screaming at him. He also said the woman had been in front of his building and adjacent businesses for almost two weeks and added that he had called the San Francisco Police Department up to 25 times seeking assistance. He said the woman was told by officers that morning that she needed to move. 

The district attorney’s office said the woman in the video did not pursue charges against Gwin but that the police department’s investigation had gathered enough evidence to warrant a misdemeanor battery charge. The district attorney’s office said an arraignment will be scheduled once Gwin is arrested and cited.

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