Good deed returned with stabbing

A good Samaritan was stabbed on a 14-Mission Muni bus Thursday afternoon after coming to the aid of an elderly woman.

The 50-year-old San Francisco man stepped into the fracas after the suspect slapped the senior citizen during a verbal altercation, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

The man was then stabbed in the upper left chest and suffered with injuries that were not life threatening, police said.

The suspect, a white male, 25 to 30 years old with short, dark hair and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, carried a dark backpack and was last seen heading eastbound on 16th Street at South Van Ness Avenue, according to police.

To date, there have been 737 “security events” on Muni vehicles, with roughly 700,000 boardings daily. Such events include thefts, intoxicated passengers and operator assaults, said Maggie Lynch, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

At 1:15 p.m., the suspect engaged in a verbal altercation with an elderly woman riding a 60-foot accordion 14-Mission bus, which is one of the busiest weekday buses in The City.

The suspect thenslapped the elderly woman, Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

“The good Samaritan came to her aid and that’s when the suspect stabbed him in the chest,” Gittens said.

The bus at the time carried mostly senior citizens and was not full, Lynch said. There are multiple surveillance cameras on the bus and any pertinent video has been handed over to police, Lynch said.

The bus was stopped at the intersection of 16th and Mission streets when riders began trying to exit the bus because of the altercation. The driver obliged, Lynch said. The driver then assisted the stab victim, she added.

The victim gave a description of the suspect before being transported by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital, according to police.

The intersection of 16th and Mission is a high-crime area and police have surveillance cameras in the area, according to police.

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