Two men were injured in two separate violent beatings carried out by groups of men in the Mission on July 13. Police do not believe the attacks to be connected at this time, according to Officer Grace Gatpandan, spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department.
The first attack occurred at 3:10 a.m. near 17th and Mission streets, when a 36 year-old and a 37-year-old man were approached from behind by a group of six men, estimated to be between the ages of 19 and 30. At least one of the suspects, the 19-year-old, was armed with a knife. The group first physically assaulted the 36-year-old victim with their fists, but the confrontation quickly escalated when the 19-year-old suspect procured the knife and struck the man across the face with its handle.
When the second victim attempted to help the 36-year-old, the 19-year-old suspect lunged at him with the knife and attempted to stab him. The 37-year-old backed away, and the group of men fled on foot.The 36-year-old victim suffered a laceration to the eye and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police identified the 19-year-old suspect as Irvin Funez, who was later arrested and booked on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making death threats.
On Wednesday evening, at 8:50 p.m., a man was approached by a group of five men near Dolores Park. At least two of the five suspects are teens, estimated to be between the ages of 16 and 18. A physical altercation ensued when one of the suspects accused the victim of looking at his girlfriend.
The group of men began to punch the victim numerous times in the face. One of the suspects then used a lanyard with keys to hit the victim, who tripped and fell to the ground after attempting to run away. The group of men fled on foot, running eastbound on 19th Street. Police have not made any arrests in the attack.
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