Authorities arrested a suspect, who is believed to have shot and killed his own mother in Sacramento, several weeks beforehand for a strong-arm robbery case in San Francisco, where he was not charged by the district attorney.
On records, it was discovered that San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin had the suspect, 42-year-old Ali Mustafa Hudson, transferred to Solano County after he allegedly stole a passenger’s phone on a Muni bus on December 20.
Hudson was given a $5,000 misdemeanor warrant for drug possession and driving without a valid driver’s license instead of being charged for his supposed crimes.
Solano County officials were not able to immediately confirm the date that Hudson was released, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, counties do not commonly hold people under misdemeanor warrants.
Sacramento sheriff’s deputies responded to a January 19 report of domestic dispute at an apartment complex at 5400 block of Auburn Boulevard. There, authorities claim Hudson shot victim Ramona Hayes, who was described as his mother by several law enforcement officials.
Deputies said they saw Hudson standing on a balcony and began firing at authorities, who responded with their own gunshots, wounding the suspect. Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert charged Hudson on Friday with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of felony attempted murder of sheriff deputies, and one count of felony false imprisonment.
Many wonder if the suspect would have been kept behind bars if Boudin had charged Hudson for his previous crimes. A spokeswoman for the district attorney said he expressed his condolences to the families of the victim. However, Boudin said that Hudson’s December crime “was not provable or chargeable.”
“In that incident, two people sleeping on a bus argued over a phone that one of them had dropped. The complaining witness said that Mr. Hudson slapped his phone out of his hand, which the bus driver did not see. Mr. Hudson approached responding police on his own, told them the phone was his, and turned it over to them,” Boudin said.
Failure to Protect
Officer Amanda Tweedy filed an arrest report that the victim of the robbery fell asleep in the back of the bus and woke up with his phone on the floor. Later, a man who was identified as Hudson tried to take possession of the device and slapped the victim’s hand when he tried to retrieve it. The report noted Hudson searched through the man’s bags, scattering his possessions all over the floor, accusing the victim of stealing from him.
Afterward, the suspect stepped into the street on Middle Point Road, where another officer saw him. Hudson called the officer over and tried to report losing his phone. However, the personnel saw four phones in the suspect’s possession, prompting him to arrest Hudson on suspicion of stealing the devices.
Many have criticized Boudin’s decision of not being strict with Hudson’s case, such as career prosecutor Nancy Tung, who ran against Boudin in 2019. Tung said the district attorney not only failed to bring justice to the victim of the robbery case but also transferred “someone violent” to another jurisdiction instead of dealing with it himself, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, Tony Montoya, called Boudin “a repeat offender when it comes to releasing criminals with violent rap sheets,” referencing a previous instance where Troy McAlister ran over and killed two women walking across the street with a car on New Year’s Eve. Boudin did not charge McAlister despite having been convicted of several crimes months before.
Hudson also had a history of crime, as seen in his court documents. The suspect was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in Sacramento in 2018 after he injured his ex-wife and placed her in a traumatic condition.