Man calls 911 to report stabbing, gets arrested as suspect in machete attack


Minutes after someone was slashed with a machete in an Excelsior parking lot early Monday morning, a man called police to say someone tried to stab him at that same location.

Responding officers, however, suspected otherwise.

Amilcar Alfaro, 41, was arrested after he allegedly cut a 41-year-old man several times with a machete at a Safeway parking lot near Mission Street and Onondaga Avenue around 2 a.m., Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

Prior to the attack, the victim was walking on the sidewalk from a nightclub at Mission Street and Persia Avenue with a 43-year-old woman. After walking about two blocks to the area of the grocery store parking lot, Alfaro allegedly approached the pair and started a conversation.

Alfaro, who wasn’t at the club with the pair, became confrontational, police say. He walked over to a nearby pickup truck, returned with a machete and attacked the male victim, cutting him on the back and elbow.

The wounded man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The woman wasn’t hurt.

Officers arrested Alfaro 10 blocks away on Mission Street at Oliver Street, after he’d placed a call to law enforcement, claiming he was the victim of a knife attack. Officers arrested Alfaro because he matched the suspect description in the machete attack.

Alfaro was booked into County Jail on suspicion of four felony charges of attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, criminal threats and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.

He’s being held in custody without bail, according to the sheriff’s department.

Preliminary police reports indicated the attack happened on the 4000 block of Mission Street near Bosworth Street, which was incorrect.

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