Pious has been charged with counts of assault with a deadly weapon and
aggrivated mayhem stemming from the weekend San Francisco incident, and remains in custody. He is accused of entering the room of a
44-year-old neighbor with whom he had an "ongoing dispute." After walking through the door -- which was supposedly left
open because it was a hot night -- Pious is charged with emptying a pan
of boiling oil on the neighbor, which left the victim with third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body.
The SFPD has not released the name of the victim, who remains in General Hospital's intensive care unit and has not yet been able to speak to police. Tomioka described the burns as "life-threatening."
Located at 125 Sixth Street, the Rose Hotel is owned by a partnership in which Mercy Housing is the managing general partner. The hotel has 75 units, all single occupancy, and primarily caters to low-income, formerly homeless men.
Mercy Housing California's San Francisco-based president, Jane Graf, was unaware of the weekend incident, and exclaimed "Oh God," when told of the oil-dousing allegations. She declined any further comment on Pious' history in the building or whether this is the first alleged instance of problematic behavior from the tenant.
"My guess is no one is going to make any comment on something that I assume is a police issue," she said. "We certainly wouldn't comment on anything related to Mr. Pious."
When asked how often police are called to the Rose Hotel, she replied "I'm sure no more than anywhere else on Sixth Street."