Police arrested a man on suspicion of stabbing a 24-year-old transgender woman as she exited a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus with a friend on Saturday evening in The City’s Civic Center neighborhood.
Police said the stabbing was reported at about 5:55 p.m. Saturday on Van Ness Avenue between Golden Gate Avenue and Turk Street. The victims, two transgender women, boarded a 49-Van Ness Muni bus in the South of Market neighborhood and headed north on Van Ness Avenue.
The victims were sitting toward the back of the bus when a man approached them, police said. One of the transgender women, Rae Raucci, posted a statement on Facebook following the attack, saying she remembers that the man started saying derogatory things to them:
“We were both on the bus together when a man across the way accused us both of defrauding him by pretending to be female.”
Raucci wrote that the man harassed her and her friend Samantha, repeatedly calling the pair derogatory names. The pair then decided to get off the bus to get away from him. The man, however, also got off the bus brandishing a knife, Raucci wrote.
Raucci wrote that the man stabbed Samantha twice in the upper chest. Police said the victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with stab wounds.
Samantha received 10 stitches at the hospital, according to Raucci. The suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was arrested at the scene following the attack, but police have not yet released his name.