Woman, 55, slashed in throat after asking about bus stop in Mission district

A man was arrested after reportedly slashing a woman's throat with an edged weapon in the Mission district Saturday night, police Officer Gordon Shyy said Monday.

The 55-year-old victim approached the suspect about 8:25 p.m. at 19th and Valencia streets and asked him where she could find the bus stop, Shyy said. The suspect, identified as 72-year-old John Paul of San Francisco, initially ignored her questions until he reportedly turned around and threatened to slash her throat.

Paul then allegedly swung at the victim and she was cut in the neck, Shyy said. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, which were not life threatening.

Paul was taken into custody and booked on an assault with a deadly weapon charge among other local warrants and minor infractions, Shyy said. A knife, along with a screw driver and scissors, were also found among Paul's personal belongings.

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