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SF police arrest suspect in killing of Australian tourist

Officers have arrested a suspect in the early morning killing of an Australian tourist in Russian Hill, police said Saturday.

Police spokesperson Giselle Talkoff confirmed Saturday that a suspect was arrested in the homicide of Matthew Bate, a 33-year-old Australian tourist who died from injuries stemming from a fight at 2:15 a.m. Friday.

Bate was injured after an argument turned physical on Van Ness Avenue between Filbert and Union streets, where the da Vinci Villa hotel is located.

The Australian tourist was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Talkoff did not release the identity of his alleged killer, but said more information is forthcoming Monday. The suspect has been booked into County Jail.

The homicide marked the 28th of the year in San Francisco.

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