gavel.jpgA 63-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing another man at a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Monday evening is set to make his initial appearance in court this afternoon.

Ricky Leon Scott was arrested shortly after the stabbing, which was reported at 6:58 p.m. Monday at the St. Vincent de Paul shelter at 525 Fifth St., near Bryant Street, police said.

The 44-year-old victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has been identified but his name is being withheld until the medical examiner’s office can find his family to notify them of the death.

Scott fled but was spotted 10 minutes after the stabbing by police about a block away and was identified by witnesses as the stabber, police said.

He was charged with murder will be arraigned this afternoon at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said.

Officials at the shelter have declined comment on the stabbing, referring media inquiries to the San Francisco Human Services Agency, which partners with the nonprofit.

Trent Rhorer, the executive director of the agency, said they are working with police to review the incident.

“Once we see the full incident report we’ll determine if we need to make any changes to our security procedures,” Rhorer said.

The homicide was San Francisco’s fourth of 2012.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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