Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Woman stabbed in the Sunset

Arrest Made In SF Sunset District Stabbing
CBS 5 CrimeWatch

A 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody early Wednesday morning on multiple charges in connection with a stabbing that took place in the Sunset District, San Francisco police said.

A 26-year-old San Francisco woman told police that she was at a 7-Eleven store on 46th Avenue at Judah Street when she believes she was followed to her home.

When she reached the front of her home, 23-year-old Robert Hancock allegedly approached her. The two were involved in a verbal exchange when the suspect reportedly pulled out a knife and stabbed her multiple times, said Sgt. Steve Mannina.

The woman, who was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, told police she doesn't know why the suspect stabbed her.

A witness reported the incident and a description of the suspect to police today at around 1:30 a.m. Units searching the area around the Taraval police station spotted the suspect nearby.

Hancock allegedly ran from one officer but was taken into custody by another officer at approximately 1:51 a.m. Hancock is being held on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, stalking, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation and resisting arrest, said Mannina.



Luba Muzichenko said...

I'm a part of one of the neighborhood watch groups in the area, and we seriously feel that this issue has a lot to do with the Mayor's crackdown on homeless in GG Park. For those that don't know, the police and park rangers do a daily sweep starting early in the morning that pushes the homeless from Golden Gate Park into the residential neighborhoods of the Sunset and Richmond districts. Two weeks ago, my neighbor awoke to a homeless guy camped out in her driveway (we're talking about a single family home in the Sunset/Parkside folks) and now, we've got this stabbing (the attacker had "no permanent address"). It seems that it isn't just the sweep that's the problem though, but the fact that the City's Homeless Outreach Team does not have enough funds to address the homeless issues in the Sunset/Parkside and Richmond areas... and thus far, these Western neighborhoods are not considered a priority. I sure hope it won't take another stabbing or assault to make them see that this side of the City needs attention too!

Anonymous said...

I think it's more of the drug related issue, were crack-heads & meth-heads become desperate to feed their habits. They're probably responsible for allot of burglaries that occur around the Sunset area. I’ve even had a couple of thugs in a white Cadillac slowly follow me for two blocks on Lawton St. from the beach, I knew they were eyeballing my Rolex watch, I just kept a close watch on them, while I discretely reached for my gun, they left in a hurry. BTW: I’m no easy prey for anyone, never have & never will!

Funny thing though, a neighborhood meth-head that lives around the corner from me that notices my everyday activity, as I leave for work late at night, kept asking me specifically if I was a cop. My answer was, “I worked for a private contractor service that the government hires from time to time, AKA Blackwater”! I sometimes forget to lock my car, and turn on the alarm, and nobody messes with it.

Rah said...

The woman was a German exchange student. She saw the man outside 7-11, and feeling bad for him she bought him some food as she was getting something for herself. He wasn't satisfied though, so he followed her home, and then requested that she have sex with him. She refused, so he pulled a knife and stabbed her in the abdomen, arms, and mouth. (Summarized from the SF Daily)

a lot of tourists are becoming victims or witnessing things here. There are all the shootings downtown, right in the heart of tourist-land, and I remember an Irish man was shot in the stomach during a robbery around Christmas last year. Also, in 2004, I think it was, a couple from Seattle were on a trip and accidentally exited the freeway in Hunters Point. While at a stop light, someone opened fire on the car, killing the wife, and wounding the husband.

Mica Lee said...

I live in the neighborhood and work for a criminal psychologist who says that a large number of his cases come from people who live in their vehicles down along Great Highway and in and around Golden Gate Park. I think the sweeps that were mentioned above could easily cause more dangerous folks to be in the neighborhoods themselves. A woman in my class was recently mugged on Judah on her way home.

Just yesterday my boyfriend came out in the morning to find his truck on a bottle jack with the two front tires missing. A police officer drove by him and did not stop, even as my boyfriend waved him down and they made eye contact. That sort of evasive attitude coupled with an upswing in violence in crime does not leave me feeling secure.

I love this neighborhood. While I know crime is a citywide problem, I don't feel it's right to stand by and watch a great neighborhood deteriorate. Yes, we're all from different places and some of us may eventually move away, but we all appreciate the uniqueness of the outer sunset. Diverse, laid back with a surfer vibe, the ocean and the park, quiet at night with room to park and the freshest air in the country. The time has come to fight to protect it. I for one am writing a letter to the Mayor and Police chief about my conerns. I suggest others do the same.

Anonymous said...

I've been living in the sunset for my entire life(17 years) seems these past couple of years have gotten considerably worse..meth heads in the park looking to score on Irving and 20th..its sad but it is becoming our neighborhoods reality. Its unfortunate but necessary that i myself now carry a weapon for security(having been a target on several occasions..not only by homeless)..i remember walking to Farelanes when it still exisited, alone at age 5. Now my little sister isn't allowed to walk down the block by herself..honestly its sickening. BUT THE POLICE STILL HAVE THIER HEADS UP THIER A**ES..get a clue you guys..we have bigger issues too deal with than shoplifting and graffiti...geez

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