Police arrest man for ‘disgusting and horribly’ stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco – fr

Police arrest man for ‘disgusting and horribly’ stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco – fr

San Francisco police arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing two Asian women in the Market Street neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Tenderloin agents located the man, described as a San Francisco resident, in the 600 block of Eddy Street. San Francisco Police spokesman Robert Rueca said charges were pending.

Police have not determined whether the attack was a hate crime.

Officers responding to a report of a stabbing on 4th and Stockton streets just before 5 p.m. found two women with stab wounds, Rueca said in an email.

The women were taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries, police said.

District 6 supervisor Matt Haney told The Chronicle that the two women were waiting at a bus stop when a man attacked them. An 85-year-old woman was stabbed in the arm and chest and is undergoing surgery at Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, he said.

Haney Tuesday night on Twitter called the attack “disgusting and horrific”. Haney called the women “old people,” but police have not confirmed their age.

“There is clearly a tendency to target Asian residents, and the elderly in particular,” Haney said Tuesday evening. “It was a cheeky attack in broad daylight with tons of people around, and it’s absolutely disgusting. Whoever is responsible must be held accountable and the city must do more to prevent this from happening. “

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said he was “heartbroken tonight for two elderly AAPI victims” who were victims of the assault.

“We are waiting for more information and pray for the victims as they undergo medical treatment”, Boudin said on Twitter.

Boudin thanked the San Francisco Community Youth Center for “reacting quickly and supporting the families” and added that “we will not tolerate such brutal attacks”.

Police said earlier that they searched the area for a male suspect but were unable to locate him. Rueca said he found the man later after investigators were alerted to a photo taken by a witness at the scene.

Officials said the investigation was ongoing.

The recent spate of hate crimes against the population of the United States of Asia and the Pacific Islands has raised concerns within the community about how to protect vulnerable members.

From the start of the pandemic until the end of 2020, 708 cases of incidents of hatred or discrimination against Asian Americans in the Bay Area have been reported to the Stop AAPI Hate Project. Most of the cases – 292 – occurred in San Francisco.

Foot patrollers have increased in key areas and the city has provided community members with more resources to expose and heal hate crimes, but there is still much to do, Haney said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the SFPD advice line at 1-415-575-4444 or send a tip to TIP411 and start the text message with SFPD.

Vanessa Arredondo is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @v_anana


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