A San Francisco man was arrested after reportedly stabbing two women Tuesday in what police are calling a random attack.
Witnesses say a man walked up behind the two Asian American seniors, ages 85 and 65, who were waiting for a bus in the area of 4th and Stockton streets around 4:51 p.m., and stabbed them.
The suspect slashed one woman across the back and elbow and stabbed the other in the arm through to the chest, Supervisor Matt Haney said.
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That woman needed surgery to treat her injuries.
After the stabbing, police searched a fenced area for a weapon. Officers were able to get a picture of the suspect from cameras in the area and arrested him on the 600 block of Eddy St. about two hours after the stabbing. The 54-year-old’s charges are pending.
Officers are not calling this a hate crime, but say they have not ruled it out.
In a tweet Tuesday night, Haney called it a "disgusting and horrific attack."
San Francisco police in March said they would increase patrols in predominantly Asian neighborhoods, following what it called "an alarming spike in brazen anti-Asian violence in recent weeks."
Anyone with information on this latest attack is asked to call SFPD's tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and start the text message with SFPD.