A man was strangled with a wallet chain and beaten during a peace rally at United Nations Plaza last weekend, police said Monday.
The 57-year-old victim suffered minor injuries during the Saturday afternoon assault at the Peace Day event, which was hosted by the anti-war group Code Pink.
The man was volunteering at a food and clothing giveaway tent about 3 p.m. when he saw a blanket on the ground nearby, Officer Gordon Shyy said. He picked up the blanket thinking it was part of the giveaway, but then another man reportedly approached saying the blanket was his.
"The victim began to walk away, and that's when the suspect took a wallet chain, put it around the neck of the victim and pulled him back, causing him to fall to the ground," Shyy said.
When the victim tried to get up, the suspect kicked him on the chin, Shyy said.
Police officers who were assigned to the event responded and later located and arrested the suspect, who has been identified as 46-year-old Shannon Kinnard.
The San Francisco resident was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and also for outstanding local warrants.