Alleged Halloween hate crime in San Francisco’s Mission district

Update: Story corrected to identify suspect in alleged attack as a man rather than a woman.

An alleged hate crime marred Halloween night in the Mission, where a man pummeled a transgender woman in the head with a cooler on Monday, police said.

The 41-year-old victim told police she was attacked and threatened in the 500 block of Valencia Street around 9:40 p.m., police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said Tuesday.

The suspect allegedly threatened to kill the victim for being transgender, the victim told police.

Police investigators found no witnesses in the bustling area who could corroborate the hate crime allegation, Manfredi said.

At one point during the brawl, the victim was struck once in the forehead with a cooler. The injury was minor, Manfredi said.

The victim said the suspect at one point pulled out a pocket knife. In self-defense, the victim maced the suspect in the face, police said.

The man who was maced was transported to Davies Medical Center, police said. He was later booked into Mission Station for aggravated assault, terrorist threats and the hate crime allegation.

The victim refused medical attention, Manfredi said.

The incident was the second Mission hate crime report in two weeks. Five Hispanic men are being sought in the vicious beating of a three gay men in front of Taqueria Cancún at 2288 Mission St.

One of the assailants hollered, “Get out of our neighborhood, f——,” during the Oct. 16 attack, according to the victims.

A 25-year-old man suffered a severe facial laceration and a broken jaw requiring surgery, a friend of the victims said.

At the time of the attack, an inspector for SFPD’s hate crimes unit said there’s been a slight increase in hate crimes in The City.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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