Police made another arrest in the brutal stabbing and robbery of a man walking through Dolores Park — an attack that has prompted increased patrols at the popular Mission district hangout.
The victim, described as an Asian male in his 40s, was walking in the park in the early hours of July 31 when he was accosted by a group of up to 12 people. The group robbed the man of his backpack and stabbed him several times in the torso.
Two men who were arrested in connection with the crime will be in court today. Jasper Bailey and Gerard Rivera have been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and receiving stolen property. Bailey pleaded not guilty Tuesday and remains in custody on $3 million bail.
A third person, a youth, was arrested and has not been charged.
Another man, Jason Kirbey, also was taken into custody in connection with the attack, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said. The district attorney has yet to file charges against Kirbey.
The victim, who has not been identified, has left San Francisco General Hospital and is in recovery, Dangerfield said.
Dolores Park has become The City’s most popular park, and in recent years it has attracted larger crowds, according to the Recreation and Park Department.
As more people enjoy the park, more complaints about fights, trash and unauthorized events have been forwarded to police and neighborhood groups. The stabbing, though it took place early in the morning, has drawn attention.
“It’s a safe bet to say there’s increased enforcement,” Dangerfield said. “It’s not that officers are singling out any particular crime, they’re just being vigilant.”
The Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association will talk about the stabbing at a board meeting tonight, according to President Peter Lewis. He said enforcement is up to the police and he doesn’t know what the neighborhood group can do.
“I’ll tell you this, we’re alarmed,” Lewis said.