Yesterday, back when Muni crime was more weird and funny and less potentially lethal — oh, wait, IT HAS NEVER BEEN FUNNY — credit-stingy columnists Matier and Ross had this little tidbit:

Elena Aronson says she was riding a Muni bus to work back on April 6 on Van Ness Avenue when a man sitting next to her fixed his gaze on her teeth, and said, “I want them.”
…The next thing Aronson recalls is being on her knees outside the bus, bleeding profusely from her torn lip – with her two upper front teeth missing.

They say that the attack left her with memory gaps, and that “Even now, she doesn’t remember the man following her off the bus or being hit. And no witnesses came forward to tell police about it.”

Despite this, she’s been working with a police sketch artist, and they pulled together the above image of the man Aronson says attacked her.

We know it’s a long shot, especially since this happened in April, but if this sketch or the description of the incident seems familiar to you, give the SFPD a shout at (415) 575-4444.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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