Repeat Offender and Parolee Responsible for Killing Two Women on NYE; SF DA Boudin Says ‘System Failure’
San Francisco, CA – On New Year’s Eve, 27-year-old Hanako (Hana) Abe and another woman, identified as 60-year-old Elizabeth Platt, were killed while crossing the street in San Francisco’s South of Market district, at Second and Market Streets.
SFPD officers said the women were struck by a parolee driving a stolen car. Reportedly, 45-year-old Troy McAllister, who was on parole for robbery, was speeding and ran a red light, struck another vehicle and and then lost control of the vehicle he was driving, which slammed into the two women and killed them. Abe’s family said that the two women didn’t know each other.
McAllister fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later by SFPD officers, with the help of several bystanders (around 30 people, according to a witness) who chased him down until police arrived. Police found a handgun with an extended magazine in his vehicle along with drugs believed to be methamphetamine. McAllister was allegedly driving under the influence.
McAllister is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, driving a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, running a red light, speeding, burglary, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and various drug and weapons charges.
Another person was reported by a witness to have been in the vehicle, but he fled the scene and has not been tracked down by police.
McAllister was released back on the streets despite several recent arrests, as recently as just over a week before the deaths of the two women. The California Department of Corrections issued a statement to KPIX5 saying, in part, “None of the parolee’s arrests following his release from prison in 2020 have yet to result in filings of criminal charges by the District Attorney. Our parole office followed all procedures after these incidents, including conducting investigations and making appropriate referrals for the individual.”
The Chronicle reported that McAlister was arrested in July 2015 for suspicion of robbing a San Francisco store at gunpoint. He also had three other felony convictions prior to that, including one for robbery and another for attempted carjacking.
YOU need to be held accountable for letting these criminals out. The deaths of these two women are on you. My prayers go out to their families 🙏
— Kevin Cheng (@kevincheng96) January 1, 2021
On November 6, he was reportedly arrested by the San Francisco State University Police Department at a student housing complex on suspicion of auto burglary, possessing burglary tools and violating the terms of his parole.
His most recent arrest while on parole was on December 20. That incident saw him arrested for suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary tools, but he was not charged.
Boudin said, “We referred these cases to parole because we believed there was a greater likelihood of him being held accountable and having the kind of intervention that would protect the public and break this cycle of recidivism.” He also later admitted to the Chronicle that it was “clearly a mistake to think parole supervision would be adequate.”
According to KPIX5, Rachel Marshall, a spokesperson for Boudin’s office, said “McAllister was referred to his state parole officer after each one of those crimes, which is standard procedure.” She said that state parole officials decided not to put McAllister back in jail.
In a statement, Marshall said, “There can be no question, every justice agency involved in this — including our office — must take responsibility for preventing tragedies like this from happening. We are carefully reviewing what happened and thinking critically about what could have been done differently in this case.”
You could have saved the two families by leaving the guy in prison for the actually crime he committed prior to this.
The blood is on your hands, hope you can live with yourself.
— Turgon (@TurukanotheWise) January 1, 2021
Boudin said there appeared to have been a “system failure” in regards to the December 20 arrest. He said police were asked by his office to place a parole hold on McAllister, which would notify the parole officer if he were to be released from jail. Officer Robert Rueca, a department spokesperson, said the notification was made, as that is “standard protocol.”
When asked whether prosecutors should have considered filing criminal charges against McAllister after multiple arrests, Boudin said that his office would be looking at ways to avoid similar problems in the future.
“This is a terrible tragedy and when people lose their lives, we can’t undo that harm, and every law enforcement agency in San Francisco has to look hard at what we could have done differently,” Boudin said. “The answer probably is that we all could have done something different.”
The deaths of the two women has exploded on social media with blame placed on Chesa Boudin, and even calling for his resignation. A Gofundme account has also been set up to bring Hana’s brother and father to America in order to transport Hana’s body home to Japan.
The mother of Hana Abe, Hiroko, said to Boudin via Twitter, “This is on you. Imagine this young woman as your daughter.”