An 11-year-old San Francisco boy stabbed on a Muni bus last week remained hospitalized today, but has been moved out of intensive care and is doing well, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Hatim Mansori was riding home alone from baseball practice Tuesday after school when a man attacked him at the back of the bus, stabbing him once in the abdomen, according to police.
The incident happened at about 6 p.m. near 19th and Mission streets. The suspect, described as possibly homeless, jumped out of the bus and ran off, as witnesses rushed to help Mansori.
Mansori was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors said he could have bled to death if he had arrived five minutes later.
“He is in good condition,” hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan said this afternoon.
Kagan said Mansori was well enough to be removed from the intensive care unit late Friday, and is now staying in an inpatient care unit. His date of release is uncertain.
Police said the attack was completely unprovoked. Mansori had been sitting with a balloon on his lap at the time, and had no interaction with the suspect before he was stabbed.
Muni officials confirmed a surveillance camera monitoring the back of the bus had not been working at the time.
The suspect has not yet been arrested, police spokeswoman Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said today.
Witnesses described him as a “scruffy-looking” black man with dark facial hair, 25 to 35 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, and about 190 pounds. He also had a strong body odor, witnesses said.
He was wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and dark shoes at the time.
Other witnesses are asked to call police at (415) 575-4444 or use the department’s new Text-A-Tip service, by text messaging 84741, then typing “SFPD” and the tip.