Criminal proceedings suspended in case of man accused of crushing woman
MILLBRAE, Calif. – Criminal proceedings were suspended Thursday in the case of a man accused of deliberately running over a homeless woman in Millbrae because he felt she had been mean to him.
Garrett Young, 23, will now be evaluated by two doctors after his defense attorneys questioned his mental skills.
Young has been charged by San Mateo County prosecutors with attempted murder for allegedly running over Gryselda Joseph, 53, with his BMW SUV in the parking lot of a Starbucks in Millbrae early Monday morning.
“He saw her and he decided, ‘You know what? I’m going to kill her,'” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Wagstaffe said the driver hadn’t hit her once.
Young “hit her as she was walking on the sidewalk, then run over her, backed up, run over her three more times, a total of four times,” Wagstaffe said.
The victim is now on life support in a hospital and his family has been summoned from out of state.
Sheriff investigators found surveillance footage and found the damaged BMW outside Millbrae’s home where Young lives with his family, authorities said.
Young was arrested.
It turns out that Young works at the Safeway across from the Starbucks. Its duties include cleaning and collecting shopping carts. The woman regularly enters the store.
Investigators say the suspect felt the woman had been mean to him for months, yelling at him not to clean the bathroom as he liked.
“He had had many occasions where she was yelling at him and he felt angry about it. He just didn’t like it,” Wagstaffe said.
Authorities have said Young suffers from a learning disability and autism. The Safeway store hires people with special needs.
Despite this, the suspect was charged with attempted murder.
“He clearly knew what he had done was wrong,” Wagstaffe said.
KTVU legal analyst Michael Cardoza said: “The facts of this case are quite glaring.”
Cardoza said that the fact that the defendant may be disabled does not exempt him from liability in this case.
“There are a lot of people with mental disabilities who are law-abiding citizens, so that won’t be an excuse,” Cardoza said.