by Cynthia Laird
The man who was charged with assault in connection with a Christmas Day melee that left San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner with a broken arm has made bail, according to the district attorney’s office.
James Crayton McCullough, 60, of San Francisco, pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges at his arraignment December 31. Brian Buckelew, director of legal affairs and public information for the district attorney’s office, said that at the time of his arraignment, McCullough’s bail was raised to $250,000 and he was handcuffed and taken into custody.
But on January 4, McCullough made bail.
Buckelew did say that several stay-away orders were issued, however, meaning that McCullough cannot go to the Castro District or the Badlands or Trigger bars. The Castro is defined in the order as being bounded by Dolores, 14th, Market, Diamond, and 19th streets, Buckelew said.
McCullough’s attorney, Jeremy Blank, told the Bay Area Reporter that his client “feels terrible” about what happened to Warner.
“He is quite distraught about the injury she suffered,” Blank said Tuesday. “He has been a long-standing member of the Castro community for 20 years.”
Blank said that he is continuing to investigate the incident and is looking for additional witnesses.
Blank also said that McCullough’s residence is outside of the Castro, and it is not covered by the stay-away order.
“But he certainly is a member of the community,” Blank said.
As reported online last week in the BAR, the incident started at around 1:14 a.m. December 25. Warner and Patrol Special Police Officer John Adamsons were checking in with security outside the Cafe when they were approached by a young man who alerted them that a fight was brewing at Trigger, Warner said.
Immediately, Adamsons and Warner crossed Market Street to check out the situation. They found McCullough leaning up against a parked car outside of the trendy club yelling, “fucking assholes,” at the doormen, Warner said. McCullough appeared to be intoxicated and she noticed a gash in his head that was bleeding, she said. McCullough became verbally and physically hostile, and attempted to push Warner away from him when she began to ask him if he needed help, Warner told the B.A.R.
Without warning McCullough then charged the doormen. Warner said that she stepped between them and attempted to hold him back while telling him he was under arrest. Within a few moments McCullough attacked Warner. She protected herself with her baton, hitting McCullough twice before she felt his fist on her left arm and she fell to the ground in pain. Warner immediately called for assistance over the police radio, she said.
McCullough was later taken into custody.
Warner, who estimates that she’ll be recovering for a couple of months, is nonetheless back out on the street.
“I’m out there walking,” she said, adding that she is accompanied by another patrol special officer.
She said that the same security services are being offered to her clients, which are various Castro merchants.
In a related matter, Supervisor Bevan Dufty is expected to request that legislation be drafted that would add enhancements for battery or assault on a patrol special officer, similar to what was done for Department of Parking and Traffic officers.
Warner also writes the B.A.R.‘s crime column, which she plans to resume once she has recovered.
Anyone who witnessed the incident can call Blank at (415) 710-2728.
Bay Area Reporter: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4456