Card game may cost man’s life

A friendly game of cards nearly turned deadly Wednesday night in the Excelsior district after a man allegedly stabbed his playing partner in the back amid a fit of rage related to accusations of cheating, police said.

San Francisco resident Augusto Soriano, 51, was booked on charges of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing a 36-year-old man, said Capt. Denis O’Leary of the Ingleside Police Station.

The victim was teaching his girlfriend how to play cards at a residence on the 400 block of Pope Street when the violent outburst from Soriano occurred, O’Leary said. Instead of innocently tutoring his girlfriend, Soriano thought the victim was skimming cards and the two began to argue, O’Leary said.

After a verbal spat, Soriano allegedly opened a knife and stabbed the victim once in the upper right portion of his back. Soriano then fled, but officers called to the scene quickly arrested him at the corner of Geneva Avenue and Paris Street, O’Leary said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was sent to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

There was no immediate update on his condition.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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