Suspect in Excelsior homicide makes first court appearance

Two men arrested in connection with violent crimes over Christmas weekend in San Francisco appeared in court for the first time Thursday afternoon, both wearing identical prison-issue orange sweatpants, sweatshirts and socks — and both had their arraignments postponed until Monday.

Jonathan Escobar, 22, was arrested early Monday morning after a three-hour standoff with police on the 2800 block of 24th Street in the Mission District. He is accused of killing 26-year-old Luis Velasquez-Mejia, who was found by police with a gunshot wound Saturday evening on the 500 block of Naples Street in the Excelsior, and has been charged with murder and related gun crimes.

Michael Jacobs, 27, was arrested around 1 a.m. Christmas Day and charged with the attempted murder of a 46-year-old woman who was stabbed on the first block of Third Street and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Hours earlier and about three blocks away, 64-year-old Christine Moyer was stabbed and killed on the 400 block of Jessie Street.

Police said Wednesday they were investigating if the two stabbings are related.

Jacobs’ charges include assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and mayhem.

Both men are being held without bail and are expected to be arraigned Monday at 9 a.m.

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