Two Asian women were stabbed on Tuesday, May 4 around 4:50 pm at San Francisco‘s Mid-Market. According to ABC San Francisco News, the incident occurred on 4th and Markets streets. The two elderly women, one in her 60s and the other in her 80s, were waiting at a bus stop when a man walked up to them and stabbed them, according to officials.
The victims were taken to San Francisco General Treatment where they are receiving treatment. One of the victims was stabbed in the arm and torso while the other victim was stabbed in the elbow.
A witness to the stabbing, Patricia Lee who works near the area told ABC News what she saw.
“I saw a man walking right next to me while I’m getting some water and I noticed a knife on his right hand,” Lee said. “It was a pretty big knife, it had knuckles on the handle and the blade had holes in there like a military knife.”
Lee said after the stabbing, the suspect “walked away like nothing happened, like Sunday morning.”
Witnesses at the scene snapped photos of the man and handed them to the police. Two hours later, they found the suspect a mile from the incident on Eddy Street and arrested a 54-year-old San Francisco man.
Police have not established a motive and they are investigating if the incident was a hate crime.
Update – The 85-year-old victim has been identified as Chui Fong Eng, reports CBS San Francisco News. She’s still in surgery and her family is hoping she makes it.
Update the suspect has been identified as Patrick Thompson.