The case against a suspect in the fatal attack on a 77-year-old San Francisco Chronicle newspaper vendor was discharged to allow for further investigation, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Mark Anthony Cassell, 36, was arrested on suspicion of murder after cops in the Tenderloin recognized him from a department-wide crime bulletin.
Prosecutors have not specified why charges haven’t been filed against Cassell, citing an active investigation.
The attack that ended Dallas Ayres’ life occurred without warning in front of One Post St., near Market Street, about 11 a.m. on Jan. 28. The suspect wrapped his arms around Ayres’ waist, picked him up in the air and dropped him on the ground, police said. The suspect then fled.
Ayres, who worked as a newspaper vendor for about 30 years, died from his injuries on Feb. 21.