San Francisco man suspected of random knife attacks arrested by police

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San Francisco police have arrested a man they claim attempted to randomly stab four people in the city’s Mission District on Monday night.

Milton Meza Flores, 30, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that include attempted murder. 

San Francisco's Mission District is known as a trendy spot for tourism, which has suffered as the city's crime crisis has gotten worse.

San Francisco’s Mission District is known as a trendy spot for tourism, which has suffered as the city’s crime crisis has gotten worse.
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According to investigators, Flores was already out on warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and burglary from previous scuffles with authorities.

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Police say Flores stabbed a 40-year-old man at around 11 p.m. after approaching him from behind. The man, whose identity has not been publicized, is suffering from life-threatening injuries. 

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott speaks to reporters in San Francisco in 2021.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott speaks to reporters in San Francisco in 2021.

While authorities responded to the initial incident, the suspect moved two blocks away and attempted to stab two people on electric scooters. The victims were able to escape with only their clothing torn.

The suspect also attempted to stab a fourth victim, who was also able to escape unscathed.

The attacks followed three fatal weekend stabbings in San Francisco – a city that many residents say has become increasingly unsafe.

Homicides and assaults are both up around 11% in the Golden City compared to June 5 of last year, while rapes have increased by 9%.

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The stabbings preceded progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin’s ousting by voters in a stunning recall election on Tuesday night.

Boudin was the first district attorney to be recalled in San Francisco’s history

San Francisco residents voted Tuesday to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a progressive, following a heated campaign that captivated the country and bitterly divided Democrats over crime, policing and public safety reform. 

San Francisco residents voted Tuesday to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a progressive, following a heated campaign that captivated the country and bitterly divided Democrats over crime, policing and public safety reform. 
(AP)

Boudin’s opponents have accused him of destroying businesses and exacerbating crime through his soft-on-crime policies. Richie Greenberg, founder of Recall Chesa Boudin, said he was hopeful Boudin’s ousting may restore safety in San Francisco on Fox & Friends

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“Anyone that [Mayor Breed] chooses for sure is going to be an actual prosecutor, an experienced prosecutor, and is going to return normalcy to the DA’s office,” Greenberg said



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