Man stabbed twice during latest attack in Golden Gate

A 19-year-old man survived two stab wounds during an attack in a popular area of Golden Gate Park on Tuesday, police said.

The assailant, described only as a white man between 30 and 50 years old, came up from behind the teen during the stabbing at Alvord Lake near Haight and Stanyan streets at 6:11 p.m., police said.

Transients are known to hang out in the area.

Cops are hunting for the attacker, but they had no further information on him or the young man Wednesday afternoon.

The stabbing is the latest in a string of violent incidents in The City’s most popular park.

On Sunday, a man walking his dog found a body and severed arm on the south side of the Polo Field, at Middle and Martin Luther King Jr. drives, police said. The area is known to have homeless encampments, but it is not clear if there is any connection between them and the body.

Authorities have not identified the body or revealed how the arm was removed, but they said both were already decomposing when found. An investigation is ongoing.

In another alarming incident in late August, a 53-year-old homeless man was found beaten to death at Kezar Stadium near the Park Police Station.

In July, two unleashed dogs owned by transients attacked three people in the park, sending them to a hospital.

Also that month, 25-year-old transient Adam Noyes was allegedly stabbed in the heart by a fellow transient, 65-year-old Richard Ray, near the Conservatory of Flowers. Ray, who has said Noyes attacked him first, flagged down a passing car after the incident near John F. Kennedy and Conservatory drives. Ray has been charged with murder.

The incidents exacerbate controversial city-policy battles regarding the handling of San Francisco’s large transient population. In July, the Recreation and Park Department added a “special daily evening patrol,” and police stepped up efforts to patrol the eastern portions of the park and near the Conservatory of Flowers.

Also, officials are considering closing the park from 1 to 5 a.m. daily to root out illegal camping. The move would allow police to charge campers and late-night loiterers with trespassing.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Disturbing trend

Tuesday: A man survives two stab wounds from an unknown assailant at Alvord Lake near Haight and Stanyan streets at 6:11 p.m.

Nov. 14: A decomposing body and severed arm are found on the south side of the Polo Field, at Middle and MLK Jr. drives.

October: City officials say they are drafting legislation to close Golden Gate Park overnight, allowing campers to be charged with trespassing.

Aug. 28:
A 53-year-old homeless man is found beaten to death at Kezar Stadium.

July 1: An unleashed pit bull attacks three people near Transverse and John F. Kennedy drives.

July 4: Adam Noyes is allegedly stabbed to death by 65-year-old Richard Ray. Ray has been charged with murder in connection with the attack. Park

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