Man With 74 Prior Convictions Attacks Random Toddler, Has Felony Charges Dropped

Repeat offender Francisco Calderon had been out of jail for just two days when he attacked the little boy.

Seattle, WA – A habitual offender accused of throwing coffee on a toddler just 48 hours after he latest release from jail will not be facing a felony charge in connection with the attack, according to prosecutors.

Francisco Calderon has been convicted of over 70 offenses over the past four decades, KIRO reported.

On July 18, the lifelong offender was released from jail after serving eight months for attacking and assaulting a stranger, according to KOMO.

Two days later, he was harassing shoppers and causing disturbances in the downtown area of Pine Street and Fifth Avenue, witnesses said.

“He was being belligerent to people on the street,” U.S. Army veteran Daynard Butler told KOMO.

Butler, who lives in Florida, was visiting the city with his wife and three children at the time.

“He followed a lady, and I started thinking to myself, 'if he does something to this lady I’m going to have to step in because she’s by herself,” recalled Butler.

Calderon inexplicably became more agitated, and began yelling “Not your father!” KIRO reported.

He then spun around, and threw his coffee in the face of Butler’s two-year-old son, who was sleeping in a stroller.

“To me, I didn't know if the coffee was boiling hot or anything,” Butler told KOMO. “All I knew is he tossed it in my kid's face and as a father I protected my kid.”

“I went straight for him,” the army veteran said. “I hit with rights – straight to the face. I was very mindful of the situation after a couple of blows, I knew I couldn't kill him, you know what I mean?”

A Kittitas County Sheriff’s detective working an off-duty security job at a Nordstrom’s store spotted the altercation, and rushed in to detain Calderon, KIRO reported.

The little boy did not suffer severe injuries as a result of the attack.

“The victim did not appear to be physically injured or burned, but was not communicative and appeared to be staring off into space, possibly in shock,” according to the police report.

The habitual offender was initially arrested on pending charges of assault on a child, and was expected to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon, KOMO reported.

But when the time for his hearing rolled around, Judge Annie Harper announced that the felony charge against Calderon had been reduced.

“Mr. Calderon is being released without conditions on the felony charge...he has been filed in Seattle Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge,” Harper said. “He remains detained but not on the felony. That is by decision of King County Prosecutor's Office and Seattle City Attorney.”

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said that there was not sufficient evidence to support a felony charge against Calderon, because Butler’s son did not suffer bodily harm, KOMO reported.

“In evaluating whether there is sufficient evidence to support a felony charge, we are ethically bound to apply the facts of a particular case to the law as established by the legislature. This is regardless of the history of a particular defendant or the outrageousness of the conduct,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“In order to elevate an assault against a child from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, there must be some level of bodily harm to the victim,” the statement continued. “We learned from the police report that the child, thankfully, did not appear to have been injured in any way and we were told that the child received no medical treatment. In other words, the facts of this particular case didn’t support this being a felony.”

The prosecutor’s office noted that the attack was “horrible and abusive,” and said that the matter has been referred to Seattle Municipal Court.

According to court records, 15 of Calderon’s 74 criminal convictions were due to assault.

His sister, Anna Calderon Barnett, said that her brother needs to be removed from society so his mental health and drug addiction issues can be addressed, KIRO reported.

“To me, it’s almost like … he knows he’s not capable of taking care of himself, and he knows that he doesn’t have the mental capacity to fit in, and he just attacks people or he’ll commit some kind of a crime, because he knows the next step is ‘I’ll be taken off the street,'” Barnett explained.

“His last words to me from prison were ‘I don’t want to go back out there — I don’t know how to live,’ and he’s right. I think this is what’s being overlooked,” she added.

Butler said he was shocked to learn about Calderon’s extensive criminal history, KOMO reported.

“I don't understand why, with 73 convictions, he was out. That’s crazy," the father said. “But it looked like he was looking for a way to get arrested, he was looking for a way to get back to jail, that's how it looked to me.”

Comments (48)
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BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Seattle, yet another beautiful city ruined by liberals.

yelyana
yelyana

The sister needs to step up and have him committed. It sounds like the brother would not oppose her doing this. But, then again, this is the State of Washington, which avoids being pro-active at all costs.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Another F*cking Bleeding Heart Libtard Judge -- WTF is it going to take ? SEVENTY - THREE Convictions already -- Ignorant Judge should be Disbarred !!!!!

Ibizian
Ibizian

This.. This right here is why people will begin taking vigilante actions.. If the legal system won't handle predators, then it's time the people do!

question evrything
question evrything

this is someone in need of mental health care. he doesn't want to be out free, likes a structured environment, needs counseling and meds . jail is not the answer. state hospital, no. i think the best thing would be a semi-locked down group home with counselors meds, and a structured environment.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It would seem an assault against a 2 year old child should be more than a simple misdemeanor. I thought charges were enhanced when it involved children or the elderly. Maybe that only applies in states other than the ones on the west coast, and of course New York.

JBo
JBo

Well now he will have 75 convictions when this is done. He'll get released, if he's even jailed, and he can do this, or similar, again. Then we can move on to his 76th conviction...and repeat ad nauseam. His previous 74 convictions are what LEOs call predictors of future actions. DUH!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

He needs to be taken out of society, one way or another. People like him , and that judge, and prosecutor, are dangers to society in the extreme!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Liberal Mecca pfffft...

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

What he needs is for somebody to unscrew his head and shit down his neck.

les0060
les0060

Don't get your shorts in a bunch it's Seattle, WA, what do you expect.

Wish505
Wish505

Someone needs to make that dude a permanent part of the sidewalk system. Another liberal judge sitting in her idiot box world.

Propolice
Propolice

The judge should have an intimate experience with this fellow and then see if there is sufficient evidence to put him down!

Mrdan
Mrdan

Lock him up n throw away the key before he kills someone

61mouse
61mouse

Why would anyone go to Seattle for vacation ???

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

He's intuitionalised and need to be permanently removed before from society.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

The liberals are the ones who decided to close mental health facilities several decades ago, cause “it wasn’t “fair”. Once again no concerns on their part for regular law abiding citizens. Many of these people want to be in a structured environment like this guy. Well, they’ll keep letting him out until the next kid gets thrown off a balcony in a mall like that other recent case. Does any one even know what kind of shape that kid is in? Cause if they don’t die, they keep it hushed as if everything is jack dandy.

djvd
djvd

Didnt "we" .. some time ago close down several mental institutions and turn lose "crazies" to live on our streets and try to survive ?? This guy (it says) has been displaying crazy behavior for four decades. The mental health programs we mostly have 2day are expensive and short-termed.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The sad truth is, they need to put the crazy man away for good. I would prefer to execute him and save tax dollars, but the West Coast doesn't do that to serial killers. There was a Grand Jury case, here in Chicago (my girlfriend was on the jury) The defendant killed a man, just so he could get 3 hots and a cot for the rest of his life. Letting this guy out on the street is the same as throwing a ticking time bomb into the street.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

They need to re-open the mental hospitals and put these people in them and keep them. ANYONE who harms a child will, someday, kill one. Then a family will be destroyed forever. Wake up lawmakers/judges, do something now before an innocent child is dead. Not too long ago a nut threw a child off the 3rd floor at the Mall of America....He's still being treated. Children shouldn't have to go through hell and their attackers get off with a slap on the wrist.

LunaMay
LunaMay

Not surprised at all. It’s Seattle after all 🤷🏾‍♀️

Saints
Saints

But please no one touch this POS because then the judge will punish you....so sick tired and frustrated with all this degenerate judges just letting criminals run the streets like they own them and hard honest people won't take it much longer before shit hits the fan....... judges will have more blood in their hands

trainbuff
trainbuff

His sister was right; he just needs to be removed from society. Period.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

I work in a hospital and see his kind all the time. He’s obviously got mental health issues. We need to create more long-term mental health facilities to house all the crazies we have wandering the streets, or lots more cases like this will continue to happen.

lwils
lwils

They better do something with this guy or he's going to end up killing someone

TonyCu
TonyCu

Asinine decisions like this Lunatic LibTurd judge made WILL bring back Vigilante Justice. Attack my child and you will be turned into fertilizer !!!

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

What is the difference, of someone spitting in someones face. I think the parents should charge him, with attempted murder. The guy could have aids.