Another Muni stabbing connected to homeless man

An attack on an N-Judah light-rail train is the latest assault that police say is connected with the seven-month spree by a homeless man who is charged with four other stabbings in The City.

Bobby Brown, 30, is currently in custody on $5 million bail, suspected in a series of random attacks on women and on an 11-year-old boy. The latest allegation, which the District Attorney’s Office is adding to the existing charges, occurred on May 12 at about 6:10 p.m.

Brown allegedly stabbed a 40-year-old woman multiple times in the arm while she rode the N-Judah at Ninth and Judah avenues. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to police.

Police arrested Brown on Dec. 1 as a suspect in the unprovoked stabbing with a corkscrew of Rachel “Ty” Brown, 24, on a J-Church train. The two are not related.

He is also charged with the Sept. 1 stabbing of 11-year-old Hatim Mansori on a 49-Van Ness-Mission bus. Bobby Brown apparently had no previous relationship with the victims.

Brown is also charged with attempted murder in 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.

Police say the attack on the N-Judah train is like the other Muni attacks in that the victims were randomly approached and stabbed without any exchange with the attacker.

Brown was arrested for a previous attack on a woman on public transportation. On Dec. 14, 2004, while on parole in Oakland, he punched a woman, unprovoked, on a BART train at MacArthur station.

The BART attack was one of four parole violations Brown had after being released on a three-year suspended sentence for a San Francisco shooting in 1999. He also violated parole twice in 2002 and once in 2003, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Brown is scheduled to be in court today at 9 a.m. for arraignment. His attorney, V. Roy Lefcourt, said Brown will plead not guilty to the 18 felonies he is facing for the five attacks.

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