A man dressed in a t-shirt and a vest has stitches in his forehead and ear, and bruises on his face
Ramon Reyna sits in his house in the days after he was assaulted near his home in the Mission District. Photo by Eleni Balakrishnan

Police have arrested a man suspected of assaulting 52-year-old restaurant worker Ramon Reyna, who was severely beaten and robbed last month while he was walking his dog.

The suspect, 35-year-old David Camet, was observed in U.N. Plaza on Oct. 8 by foot beat officers of the Tenderloin police station. He was taken into custody without incident, and transported to San Francisco County Jail.

Reyna told Mission Local he lived in fear of another attack after the Sept. 20 beating.

“There are always people like that, but I’ve always felt safe, because it’s my neighborhood,” Reyna said. “I know everyone here, and I have always felt safe — until that day.” 

Reyna was walking his chihuahua at almost midnight, as usual, near the Women’s Building at 18th and Valencia streets, when he was pursued by a tall man with a large, harnessed dog. Reyna said that the pursuer had directed his dog to attack Reyna’s — and when it didn’t, the man attempted to do it himself.

Reyna said his priority was protecting his pet, so he was surprised when the man struck his ear. He doesn’t remember the beating after that blow, but his son, Erick, told Mission Local that doctors had said Reyna was “minutes from bleeding out on the sidewalk.” 

The beating put Reyna in the hospital with more than 20 stitches. Reyna also reported that his cell phone was missing. 

For the Sept. 20 alleged assault, Camet was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, and grand theft.

A 35-year-old man named David Camet lives in Santa Clara County, where a man with the same name has a string of misdemeanors, two inactive cases of felony, and a “closed/inactive” domestic violence restraining order filed with him as the respondent, according to the Superior Court of California at the County of Santa Clara. 

Informed about the arrest, Erick said he was looking forward to finding out why his father was assaulted.

“I’m looking forward to doing a little bit of research and asking questions to police to see what was the incident about, why it happened, what mind space is this guy in, and trying to see how we as a community can benefit from cases like this — from doing research and seeing why this city has so much violence lately,” Erick said.

Camet has a court date on Oct. 25, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office.

The Police Department’s investigation remains open. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411. You can remain anonymous.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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  1. This is so bad. However, if it’s dangerous in the daytime. Don’t walk your dog too late at night (midnight) people. Don’t expose yourself, it’s not worth it. I’m glad they catch the criminal, may he face charges and jail time. Otherwise, it will be just be another beating and no justice for Ramon.

  2. Thank you for covering this. I understand how Mr Reyna feels. After being attacked at 1 pm just 4 blocks from home in 2020, I was reluctant to go out. I’m with his son Erick in wanting to learn from this arrest what motivated the attacker and how to avoid or deter it.

  3. I live in San Lorenzo along unused Union Pacific railroad tracks. Had homeless on the other side of fence. Thanksgiving 2021 they started a fire. I had called many places to get them removed prior to the fire. Thank you city officials for the fire that could have been avoided IG someone would have removed the homeless before the fire.

  4. This was a terrible assault. The SF Chronicle didn’t even bother to cover it. Thanks to the SFPD.