Man Injured in Tire Iron Assault on Muni Bus

A 25-year-old man was struck in the head and injured during a melee on a 49 Van Ness Muni bus Monday night.

According to SFPD spokesperson officer Albie Esparza, it was 9:48 on Monday night when a fight broke out between a group of juveniles on the bus, which was near 22nd and Mission.

During the brawl, a 25-year-old man was struck in the head with what police believe was a tire iron, Esparza says.

The victim, who was breathing and responsive, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital.

No arrests have been made, nor was any suspect information available. However, “it’s standard” for SFPD to pull and review video of attacks of this nature, Esparza says, so police will be doing so in this case.

Esparza emphasizes that, despite some accounts, “no shots were fired” in the altercation.

This was the second assault on a Mission Muni bus 24 hours — Sunday night, two people were hospitalized after being shot while aboard a 14 Mission Muni bus at Mission and Valencia streets around 10 PM, according to police.

A 25-year-old woman was shot in the torso, and a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg, police said. According to the Ex, “an argument between the male victim and the suspect preceded the shooting.”

The suspect in that shooting is described as a Hispanic man with a thin build and black shoulder length curly hair, last seen wearing a black beanie cap and a white T-shirt, according to police.

The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot in the area of Mission Street and Precita Avenue, police said.

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  • john.haley@sfmta.com

    My name is John haley and I am the Director of Transit for the SFMTA. I just wanted to add that we are working with the SFPD to identify and apprehend the people who committed these crimes. We have installed new video cameras in one of the buses involved and have provided SFPD with a video of the incidents. We are also working with them and our operators to increase our presence and awareness along the Mission Street Corridor. We want our riders to know that your safety is our priority and in addition to greater police presence we ask your help in reporting any unusual or suspicious activity. We will work with the SFPD and get these guys.

    • MotleyLou

      “We have installed new video cameras in one of the buses involved” in otherwords, the quality of most bus cameras are so bad that that they are pretty worthless yet muni will spend millions on upgrading when the technology can be bought and install for a fraction of the price.

    • LibertyHiller

      Fat lot of good that will do, when kids carry mailing labels that get slapped over the camera lens when dirt’s going down. While you’re thinking about that, how about reopening the MUNI shelter at 21st Street on the J-Church?

  • john.haley@sfmta.com

    My name is John haley and I am the Director of Transit for the SFMTA. I just wanted to add that we are working with the SFPD to identify and apprehend the people who committed these crimes. We have installed new video cameras in one of the buses involved and have provided SFPD with a video of the incidents. We are also working with them and our operators to increase our presence and awareness along the Mission Street Corridor. We want our riders to know that your safety is our priority and in addition to greater police presence we ask your help in reporting any unusual or suspicious activity. We will work with the SFPD and get these guys.

    • MotleyLou

      “We have installed new video cameras in one of the buses involved” in otherwords, the quality of most bus cameras are so bad that that they are pretty worthless yet muni will spend millions on upgrading when the technology can be bought and install for a fraction of the price.

    • LibertyHiller

      Fat lot of good that will do, when kids carry mailing labels that get slapped over the camera lens when dirt’s going down. While you’re thinking about that, how about reopening the MUNI shelter at 21st Street on the J-Church?

  • neutral_corner

    I don’t always ride the 49, but when I do, I take a tire iron with me.

  • neutral_corner

    I don’t always ride the 49, but when I do, I take a tire iron with me.