Woman killed in Tenderloin in SF’s first reported homicide of 2019

A 61-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the Tenderloin on Wednesday morning, marking the first reported homicide of 2019 in San Francisco.

Police said the woman, identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Veronica Soliz, was stabbed in the head at Ellis and Leavenworth streets at around 11:39 a.m. while trying to intervene in a domestic violence assault.

Soliz was taken to the hospital but died as a result of her injuries, according to police.

Another man, who has not been identified, was also stabbed while trying to help the woman being assaulted and is expected to survive.

About 20 minutes after the stabbings, police arrested 49-year-old Arthur Finch at the Sunnydale housing project.

Police said he emerged from a nearby residence when officers stopped a vehicle believed to be connected to the homicide on Brookdale Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle was the domestic violence victim, according to police.

Finch was booked into County Jail on suspicion of various charges including murder, attempted murder and domestic violence. He was on parole at the time of the arrest, police said.

San Francisco ended 2018 with 46 reported homicides, 10 fewer than in 2017.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.

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