Man who let Muni passenger borrow cellphone is stabbed, critically injured

A Muni passenger who let a woman in a brown silky dress borrow his cellphone on a bus Monday night was critically wounded while trying to take back the phone, police said.

The heartless woman plunged a knife into the 65-year-old  San Francisco man's chest and robbed his cellphone on the 19-Polk bus around 9:30 p.m., police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday.

The victim remained in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital Tuesday. There has been no arrests.

The victim let the woman, who is about 20 years old, borrow his cellphone just before the bus rolled into a stop at Hyde and Turk streets in the Tenderloin district.  He asked for the phone back but she refused, Esparza said. The man tried to “forcibly” take it back. The woman then pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

The suspect fled the bus with the phone. She was last seen running westbound on Turk Street, Esparza said.

Police are reviewing surveillance cameras on the bus, hoping to identify the suspect. It was one of at least four robberies that occurred on Muni buses Monday night.

The suspect is a black woman standing about 5-feet 7-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, Esparza said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text A Tip at “TIP411,” referencing “SFPD” in the text message.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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