Attacker uses box cutter in brazen daytime incident

A 57-year-old woman was slashed several times on the neck and upper back with a box cutter while walking up Divisadero Street on Wednesday afternoon, San Francisco police said Thursday.

The attacker, 31-year-old Alvin Millen, was arrested by police officers shortly after attempting to flee on foot, San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

A motive has not been determined, Gittens said, but he added that Millen and the victim did not know each other.

Gittens said the attack occured around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The woman had been walking on Divisadero Street between Pine and California streets when Millen reportedly came up from behind the woman and cut her repeatedly with a box cutter, a utility knife commonly used in various trades.

The victim screamed in pain, Gittens said, and attempted to fight off Millen, causing him to flee.

Millen was arrested on one charge of attempted murder. Police did not have any information on Millen’s residence or whether he has a criminal record.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital after the assault with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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