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Elder abuse case refreshes call for Visitacion Valley police station

An 88-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning in Visitacion Valley, police said Wednesday.

Officers responded at 6:50 a.m. to the 1000 block of Visitacion Avenue on a burglary call.

Witnesses had located the victim suffering from multiple traumatic injuries that are life-threatening, Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

No arrest has been made in what Gatpandan said is an elder abuse case. A motive is under investigation.

The violence prompted newly-elected Supervisor Shamann Walton to hold a news conference Wednesday to condemn the act and to apparently demand a new police substation. Walton said:

“We will not tolerate acts of violence.”

The victim’s granddaughter Sasanna Yee, who attended the news conference, said:

“We are hanging in there and praying beside my grandmother.”

Yee said the perpetrators are also being held up in prayer because they too are suffering:

“In crisis we have an opportunity to heal. … So, this is why I am here.”

She said her grandmother is just one of so many cases and she called the act “heinous.”

Also at the news conference Wednesday in room 278 at City Hall was Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee and Supervisor Hillary Ronen.

When asked about what the cost of a new substation might be, Ronen didn’t have a dollar figure. Rather, she said a storefront has served as a substation in another section of the city.

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