A 46-year-old Latino man was stabbed at 3:48 a.m. Friday at the corner of 17th and Mission streets by a young white male, believed to be 17 or 18 years old, according to police sources.

Soon after the incident occurred outside Thrift Town, Mission District officers on patrol came across the victim staggering back and forth at the intersection’s crosswalk, police said. His pant leg was covered in blood.

Police said witnesses said the suspect confronted the victim, an older man who speaks only Spanish. A brief fight ensued during which the victim was stabbed.

Police called an ambulance and said the  victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“It’s usually pretty quiet around here during the day but I guess there’s a lot of night action,” said Darlene Krivda, manager of Thrift Town, who arrived to find her store blocked off with crime scene tape at 6:30 a.m.

She said police were gone by 9 a.m., when the store opens.

It did not seem to be a robbery attempt, police sources said.

The suspect, who was described as wearing a white T-shirt, remained at large late Friday morning.

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Born in the central valley of Massachusetts and raised in Tidewater Virginia, Garrett attended public schools before graduating from the University of Virginia. Wandering and working in various national parks, tutoring kids on the playgrounds of Dublin, and teaching English to 3rd graders in China eventually led to some temporary confusion, and a re-settling as a community journalist.

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