Man arrested in fatal SoMa homeless shelter stabbing 

A man was arrested a block from the scene of a fatal stabbing Monday inside a homeless shelter in the South of Market District, San Francisco police said Tuesday.

Ricky Leon Scott, 63, was booked into county jail on suspicion of murder at about 7:10 p.m. Monday night, just over 10 minutes after the stabbing at the St. Vincent de Paul Society shelter at 525 Fifth St.

The victim, a 44-year-old man, will not be identified until his family is notified, the San Francisco Medical Examiner said Tuesday afternoon.

Few details were released about the killing. Police would only say Tuesday that the murder was the result of a fight.

Police were called to the scene just before 7 p.m. Shelter workers said they heard yelling and then found the victim on the ground while the suspect fled, police said. The victim transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The homeless shelter is a drop-in center with 200 beds and 145 one-night mats, with space for 45 women and 335 men nightly, according to the St. Vincent de Paul Society website. Sleeping hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and clients must leave by 8 a.m.

The shelter said it offers showers, case management, emergency clothing and laundry facilities.

The killing was San Francisco’s fourth homicide of the year, the third by stabbing.

On Jan. 12, Joseph Minozzi, 30, was stabbed to death at Sixth and Stevenson streets. The suspect remains at large in the killing, police said.

On Jan. 27, Nelson Henriquez, 25, was also stabbed to death in the Outer Mission district. The suspect in that stabbing, 23-year-old Pedro Zaldana-Ortiz, was arrested two days after the incident.

The incident remains under investigation. Police encourage anyone with additional information to contact Sgt. Scott Warnke with the department’s homicide detail at (415) 553-1145 or anonymously at (415) 575-4444 and by text at TIP411.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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