Police release sketch of suspect in Ingleside stabbing 

Cops hope this newly released sketch will help haul-in the killer who stabbed 16-year-old Victor Zheng to death in The City’s Ingleside neighborhood last week.

Zheng was walking with a friend in the 500 block of Holloway Avenue on Feb. 7 when the killer began punching him “without provocation,” police said.

After the attack, Zheng and his friend called police and began following the suspect on foot.

When they reached the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Capitol Street around 10:45 p.m., the suspect, described as an Asian man in his late teens, turned around and stabbed Zheng once in the chest, police said. The suspect fled in a newer black two-door Honda with chrome rims.

Zheng later died at San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

A motive for the attack was not immediately known. In an interview with The San Francisco Examiner last week, Mayor Ed Lee expressed concern that the killing might be gang-related and could lead to retaliatory violence.

Police haven’t yet established a motive, police Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday.

“I asked the [police] chief to talk to everyone in that neighborhood,” Lee said. “What were they doing out there? Who were they with? I want to know for the sake of the residents out there, what really were the circumstances?”

Police are seeking the public’s help in solving the shocking murder case.

The suspect stands between 5-feet 10-inches and 5-feet 11 inches tall and weighs between 160 and 180 pounds. During the attack, he wore a black hooded sweatshirt, saggy blue jeans, and black tennis shoes, police said.  There was a possible mole on his upper right cheek.

Zheng had attended Balboa High School. After his stunning death, friends took to social networking sites to remember him. On the microblogging website Tumblr, a junior at Balboa High School posted a note describing Zheng as having “the best manners that I’ve ever known.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact SFPD’s homicide detail inspectors at (415) 553-1145.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the SFPD tip line at (415) 575-4444, or use Text-a-Tip by entering 847411, typing SFPD, then typing the tip.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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