Arrest made in Mendell Plaza homicide 

A suspect was arrested Monday in connection with last week’s stabbing death of Luther Robinson in the Bayview, police said Wednesday.

The suspect was identified as Howard Frazier, 45, of San Francisco. He was charged with murder.

Robinson, 54, was reportedly involved in an altercation Feb. 15 with Frazier near Mendell Plaza at Third Street and Palou Avenue when Frazier allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed him. Robinson later died from his injuries at the hospital.

A candlelight vigil was held for Robinson on Wednesday night, the victim’s nephew Dwayne Robinson said.

Friends, family and community members turned out to remember Robinson and bring attention to the dangers of Mendell Plaza, a troubled “town center” that has been the scene of “chronic drug dealing and taking, drinking in public, harassment and threats,” community members have said.

Chris Waddling wrote on the blog D10 that the community is fed up with the lack of action on The City’s part to clean up the plaza. Community members are recommending closing it down to allow a “cooling-off period” and provide a “wake-up call” to those who use the plaza illegally.

Shane Mayer of the community group Bayview Residents Improving Their Environment said trouble at Mendell Plaza has “been pretty endless.”

“We call it the town center,” Mayer said, but “it’s very dangerous and it’s getting worse.”

Robinson's death remains under investigation and anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Inspector Gianrico Pierucci or Inspector John Miller of the department's homicide detail at (415) 553-1145. Anonymous tips can be phoned in at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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