The fourth suspect in the stabbing and robbery of a man in Dolores Park early Saturday morning is still at large, according to Mission Police Captain Greg Corrales. “He’s been ID’d, but not arrested,” Corrales said. “That was some bad information yesterday. We’re out actively looking for him.”
Corrales would not state the age of the fourth suspect, but did say that, like the three currently in detention, he is male and a San Francisco resident. Corrales did not have any more information about a fifth suspect mentioned yesterday.
The 40-year-old victim, an Asian male, was stabbed multiple times in the torso by a group of suspects while near the narrow, enclosed bridge that extends from 19th and Church into the western end of Dolores Park. The victim was not able to say much to police who arrived on the scene before he lapsed into unconsciousness — only that he had been robbed of his backpack. According to Captain Corrales, the backpack was discovered discarded near the scene.
“This is the first violent crime in Dolores Park in a long, long time,” said Captain Corrales. When asked if there was any connection to the armed robbery that occurred in Dolores Park on May 24, he responded that no connection had been found. In that case, a 17-year-old and his friend were robbed by a group of 10 to 15 juveniles.
The first suspect to be apprehended, a 17-year-old juvenile currently on probation, was caught after police set up a perimeter around the park. All four suspects currently in custody were identified by people in the park who witnessed the incident.
“I don’t know if [the victim] was from around here or not,” said Lieutenant Michelle Jean of the Mission Police Station. “He was definitely at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
When asked what sort of people would be in Dolores Park at 1 a.m., Jean responded “I don’t know. I sure wouldn’t be.” She added that in the year that she has been working at the station, this is the first violent incident in the park that she has heard of. “There’s so much foot traffic through there that any incident would have a lot of witnesses.” In her experience, robberies are more common on the Mission’s streets than in its parks. “People get a little drunk and then leave a bar with their iPhone out, their wallet out….”
The names of the victim and the four suspects have not been released. In an interview with SFGate, police Officer Samson Chan gave the suspects’ ages as 20, 18 and 17. Chan also reported that the victim may have been attacked by as many as a dozen people; seven were detained, but only three were ultimately booked that night and held on suspicion of attempted murder and robbery.
The Examiner reports that victim was an Asian male.
The victim, who was admitted to San Francisco General with reportedly life-threatening wounds, is now expected to survive.
Police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call the tip line at 415-575-4444. Tips can also be sent via text to TIPS411.
This story will continue to be updated as events progress.