On October 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM, San Francisco Police Officers responded to the 1400 block of Market Street (Van Ness Muni Station) in regards to a suspect who had violently attacked the station agent.
According to the victim, a Muni Station Agent and several witnesses, the suspect identified as a white male between 25 to 30 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, 180 Lbs with brown hair, attempted to pass through the pay gates of the Muni Station with his bicycle. The victim, a 55 year old male, told the suspect that bicycles were not allowed in the station but the suspect ignored him. The suspect walked away from the pay gates, lifted his bicycle over the railing and then jumped over the railing himself. He then pushed his bicycle as he walked towards the stairs leading to the Muni platform.
The victim approached the suspect again and told him that bicycles were not allowed in the station. The suspect then pushed his way past the victim and headed down the stairs, ignoring the victim completely.
The victim followed the suspect to the platform level where the suspect turned towards the victim and immediately began kicking and punching him. These blows caused the victim to fall on to the platform. Once the victim stood back up the suspect continued his assault, punching him repeatedly until the victim fell back onto the platform. The suspect then fled out of the Van Ness Muni Station and was last seen at the northeast corner of Van Ness and Market. The victim suffered serious injuries from multiple punches and kicks to this head and upper body. He was treated and released from a local hospital but is unable to return to work.
“To have a station agent severely attacked for just doing their job is unconscionable,” said John Haley, SFMTA Director of Transit Operations. “Our station agents work tirelessly on behalf of our customers and we need the help of our riding public to bring this individual to justice as soon as possible.”
“The San Francisco Police Department aggressively pursues violent criminals but we need support and assistance from the public,” said San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr. “If you recognize this suspect or have any information about this crime, please contact the SFPD. “ Anyone with information is asked to contact S.F.P.D. Muni Task Force at (415) 832-8338 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411, and begin the text with SFPD.