A homeless man will be charged with attempted murder in connection with two separate stabbing attacks on Muni.
Bobby Brown, 30, was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in Monday’s unprovoked stabbing with a corkscrew of 24-year-old Rachel “Ty” Brown on a J-Church train. Immediate charges were delayed as investigators sought a connection between Bobby Brown and the Sept. 1 stabbing of 11-year-old Hatim Mansori on a 49-Van Ness/Mission bus. Bobby Brown and Rachel Brown are not related.
Mansori was riding Muni alone for the first time when the incident happened, and it left him and his mother scared for his safety. Bobby Brown was one of the suspects questioned by the police after that stabbing, but the sixth-grader was unable to pick him out of a lineup.
Bobby Brown, who was taken into custody after police in the Sunset district identified him as a possible suspect, is scheduled to be arraigned today in San Francisco Superior Court, according to prosecutors. He will be charged with 15 felonies, including two other attempted murder charges in unrelated stabbings.
A review of Brown’s long criminal history also revealed that he has previously attacked someone on public transportation. On Dec. 14, 2004, while on parole in Oakland, he punched a woman, unprovoked, on a BART train, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.
The attack happened at the MacArthur station in Oakland. BART police made an arrest and Brown was sent back to prison two days later for the parole violation. Police also cited him twice in 2003 for fare evasion on BART, Johnson said.
The BART attack was one of four parole violations Brown had after being released on a three-year suspended sentence for a San Francisco shooting in 1999. He also violated parole twice in 2002 and once in 2003, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The latest run-in with San Francisco police before the current stabbing arrest was when officers picked Brown up Sept. 12. Police kept him in custody on an open-container charge Sept. 12, after Mansori failed to identify him as his attacker.
Brown was then transported to San Mateo County, where he was accused of indecent exposure in Half Moon Bay. He pleaded to a lesser charge of engaging in lewd conduct and received a 90-day jail sentence. He finished his sentence Nov. 10.
In connection with the two recent attacks on Muni, Bobby Brown is being charged with attempted murder with the use of a dangerous weapon for both incidents. He also will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious bodily injury, and battery causing injury on a transit passenger or operator, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman Brian Buckelew.
Bobby Brown's criminal history
1999: Charged with attempted murder; pleads guilty to assault with a handgun
2000: Violates probation, spends 90 days in prison and gets three-year suspended sentence
2002-05: Released from prison; violates parole four times in next few years, including assault while on public transportation
2005-08: Accumulates small citations in San Francisco, including jaywalking and panhandling
October 2008: Charges of loitering with a switchblade tossed out due to improper police search
Sept. 12: Arrested on suspicion of having open container; is one of a dozen suspects detained in Sept. 1 stabbing of 11-year-old boy on Muni bus; boy fails to identify attacker
— Has outstanding warrant for indecent exposure in San Mateo County, where he is transported
— Pleads guilty to engaging in lewd conduct and receives 90-day sentence
— While in jail, accused of battery on sheriff’s deputy; faces Dec. 28 court date in that case
Nov. 10: Released from San Mateo County Jail
Tuesday Arrested in connection with Monday’s stabbing of a 24-year-old woman on a J-Church Muni train