Police arrest homeless man suspected of beating girlfriend to death

In a weekend of gun violence in which The City’s homicide count continued to climb, police announced the arrest of a homeless man said to be responsible for beating his 44-year-old ex-girlfriend to death.

Police took Anthony Marks, 43, into custody Saturday morning and soon learned not only that he had an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon but that he was the main suspect in the brutal killing of Robin Kent, according to police Sgt. Neville Gittens.

Kent was discovered in a pool of blood Wednesday in front of Boss Nightclub at Harrison and Lapu Lapu streets just before noon. A client of the nearby South of Market Mental Health Services building discovered the body and told an employee, who then called police. The body was wrapped in blankets and shielded from view by wooden boards.

Police determined Marks was a person of interest due to his personal relationship with the victim. Officer Gary Peachy, who has worked with Tenderloin homeless for years, took Marks into custody on an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. After homicide inspectors interviewed Marks, Gittens said, they booked him on suspicion of murder.

The arrest occurred at the beginning of a violent weekend that centered in the Mission district. At about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm and leg and transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. The shooting occurred at 26th and Shotwell streets and police said the shooting may have been gang related.

Hours later three victims standing near the bustling intersection of 16th Street and Julian Avenue were gunned down. Jimmy Hau-Gon Gora, a 25-year-old San Francisco man, was killed and his two companions were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

It was the fourth homicide reported in the last week. There have been at least 19 homicides reported so far in 2008, Gittens said. At the same time in 2007, when The City tallied a decade-high 98 homicides, there were 23 people killed.

bbegin@examiner.com

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