A caregiver was arrested in Terra Linda on allegations she repeatedly slapped a 63-year-old client who was in a wheelchair at the mall.
Tuyet Ngoc Tang, 56, of Rohnert Park was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of cruelty to a dependent adult. Her bail was set at $25,000.
The investigation began at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Northgate mall, where witnesses reported a woman being slapped in the head by someone who was pushing her in a wheelchair, said San Rafael police Sgt. Mike Vergara.
Police arrived and identified the suspect as Tang, the woman's caregiver. Police watched surveillance video provided by mall security and then arrested Tang.
The woman in the wheelchair showed no obvious signs of injury and did not require medical treatment, Vergara said.
On Friday, the district attorney's office filed three misdemeanor charges of endangering an elder or dependent adult. One was for the incident on Thursday, and the others were for two other alleged incidents last month.
Tang is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Marin Superior Court.
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