Collier Gwin was arrested at his business on Montgomery Street in Jackson Square around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after the after the San Francisco DA’s Office issued an arrest warrant for misdemeanor battery in connection with the incident.
In a press release, DA Brooke Jenkins said Gwin will be “charged with misdemeanor battery for the alleged intentional and unlawful spraying of water on and around a woman experiencing homelessness on January 9, 2022.”
DISTRESSING CONTENT ⚠️ Collier Gwin faces a charge of misdemeanor battery after being accused of intentionally and unlawfully spraying water on a homeless woman who was sitting on a sidewalk outside his gallery in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/ffAgxQzstR
— Anthony Davis (@theanthonydavis) January 19, 2023
“What they saw is very regrettable,” Gwin said in an interview earlier this week.
“I feel awful, not just because I want to get out of trouble, or something like that, but because I’d put a tremendous amount of effort into helping this woman on the street.”
“I’m very, very sorry, I’m not going to defend myself, I’m not going to, because I can’t defend that,” he said.
If convicted, Gwin faces up to six months in county jail and a $2,000 fine.
HOSING DOWN THE HOMELESS: After viral video and global outrage, San Francisco gallery owner Collier Gwin arrested today for using water hose to spray down homeless woman on sidewalk. pic.twitter.com/gXjy0PmfBW
— Jonathan Choe Journalist (Seattle) (@choeshow) January 19, 2023