Muni bus surveillance footage allegedly shows Randall Stovall attacking a Muni driver in July. Stovall has been charged with attempted first-degree robbery, attempted carjacking and assault on a transit operator. (Courtesy photo)

Man arrested for attempted pimping, hijacking Muni bus due back in court

An East Bay man is due back in court today after allegedly trying to hijack a Muni bus the last time he was free on bail, according to authorities.

Randall Stovall, 22, was previously arrested Jan. 28, 2016, for attempting to recruit a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute. After posting bail and being released in July, Stovall allegedly attempted to hijack a bus.

Stovall is charged with attempted first-degree robbery, attempted carjacking and assault on a transit operator, according to the District Attorney’s Office. On Sept. 20, Judge Christopher Hite raised Stovall’s bail from $100,000 to $143,000, according to prosecutors.

The DA’s Office originally argued Stovall’s bail should be set at $475,000 for his latest arrest, given that “bail had not stopped [Stovall] from allegedly committing a new violent crime while on bail,” said Max Szabo, a spokesperson for the DA’s Office. Stovall met the bail of $143,000 and was released on electronic monitoring.

On July 2, Stovall rode an M-line Muni bus, which was substituting for a train, at about 7 a.m. and missed his stop. He reportedly shouted, “Backdoor!” and approached the Muni operator to “berate” him, according to court documents.

Stovall then allegedly put his hands on the steering wheel and fought for control of the bus.

Photos of the incident in court documents show Stovall reaching over the Muni operator with his hands on the wheel.

The Muni operator stopped the bus at Market and Gough streets, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and opened the doors at an undesignated stop. Stovall then allegedly took the operator’s backpack and threw it out of the bus.

When the operator exited the vehicle, Stovall allegedly walked away with the operator’s belongings. The operator fought Stovall over the backpack before Stovall struck the driver in the nose, prosecutors said.

“The operator refused [medical] transport, but was treated at the scene for a bloody nose,” SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose said. “It appears to be the type of situation where the operator was doing their best to keep the passengers and the rest of the bus safe.”

At the time of the July incident, Stovall was out on bail for a prior offense — human trafficking of a minor — which was reduced to $250,000 by a judge last year, according to the DA’s Office.

Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 28, 2016, Stovall and Kheyaira Darice Franklin, 20, were arrested on suspicion of allegedly pimping a minor under the age of 16, human trafficking involving a minor, pandering a minor under age 16, and oral copulation of a person under age 16, among other charges.

Stovall and his co-defendant allegedly recruited a 15-year-old victim who worked as a prostitute. Stovall allegedly had sex with the victim twice, once in a motel room and again in a car.

Stovall allegedly said he wanted her to work as a prostitute in the days leading up to Super Bowl 50 due to the number of tourists attracted to The City. She eventually escaped and reported Stovall and his co-defendant to the San Francisco Police Department’s Mission Station.

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