Alleged Muni stabber placed on $5M bail

The homeless man charged with attempted murder in connection with four separate stabbing attacks had a $5 million bail set Thursday, and a judge continued his arraignment until Dec. 11.

Bobby Brown Jr., 30, appeared in court for the first time Thursday after he was arrested on suspicion of stabbing Rachel “Ty” Brown, 24, on Monday with a corkscrew while she sat on the J-Church Muni train. The two are not related.

In addition to Monday’s incident, Brown also is being charged in three other recent stabbings.

They include the September attack on an 11-year-old boy riding a 49-Van Ness/Mission Muni bus and the November stabbings of a 25-year-old woman in Lower Nob Hill and a 26-year-old woman walking with her three kids near Leavenworth Street and Golden Gate Avenue.

All four victims survived.

Brown walked into the courtroom Thursday with a red jail uniform, indicating he’s a high-risk detainee, and said only three words.

When Judge Donna Alyson Little asked him if he could afford an attorney, Brown said, “No, I cannot.”

He’s facing four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of battery and one count of attempted robbery.

In the past decade, Brown has served time in Mule Creek State Prison, San Quentin State Prison at least three times, San Mateo County Jail and San Francisco County Jail. His criminal record includes several parole violations, punching a woman in the face at a BART station in Oakland and a 1999 shooting in The City.

Private defense attorney V. Roy Lefcourt, who was appointed by the Public Defender’s Office because of budget issues, met Brown for the first time Thursday. Lefcourt asked the judge to continue the arraignment until Dec. 11.

Lefcourt said Brown was “overwhelmed” and “shocked,” and that he believes Brown will plead not guilty.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLocal

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Most Read