11/16 5:35 PM: A 31-year-old transient arrested by San Francisco police Saturday after allegedly stabbing a woman in the Tenderloin District is not the suspect in the September stabbing of a young boy on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus, police said today.
Police said over the weekend that Anthony Bracy bore a physical resemblance to the man who stabbed 11-year-old Hatim Mansori on Sept. 1 on a Muni bus traveling through the Mission District and then fled.
But spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams said today that police have learned Bracy had been in custody at the time of Mansori’s stabbing.
Bracy was arrested late Saturday morning after allegedly trying to rob a woman at Jones and Sutter streets as she walked to work.
The woman was then stabbed, police said. She is expected to survive.
Mansori’s attacker was described at the time as a possibly homeless, “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.
Mansori, who was riding home on the bus alone, was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital with critical injuries but later recovered. He was released from the hospital on Sept. 11.
11/15 11:27 AM: Police are investigating whether a 31-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a woman in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Saturday is the same person who stabbed an 11-year-old boy on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in September, a police lieutenant said today.
Anthony Bracy, a transient, was taken into custody late Saturday morning after allegedly stabbing and trying to rob a woman at Jones and Sutter streets as she walked to work, San Francisco police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said.
The woman was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive, according to Tomioka.
Gracie, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault, bears a similar description to the suspect in the stabbing of Hatim Mansori on Sept. 1, Tomioka said.
She declined to describe the similarities between the suspects but said investigators on Monday will meet to discuss each crime to determine whether they are related.
“We have witnesses in both cases and now we have a suspect,” Tomioka said. “(The investigators) will take all of the steps to determine if this is in fact the same person. At this person it’s just a little too early to tell.”
Mansori was riding home alone when a man attacked him at the back of the bus, stabbing him once in the abdomen, police said.
The incident happened near 19th and Mission streets. The suspect, described as possibly homeless, jumped out of the bus and ran off, according to police.
Mansori was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors said he might have bled to death if he had arrived five minutes later.