A man was stabbed during an apparent spat over drugs and an allegedly missing cellphone in the Tenderloin on Monday night, police said.
The victim, 19, who suffered life-threatening stab wounds to the torso and arm, told cops he was attacked after leaving a knife-toting druggie’s apartment building in the 600 block of Ellis Street about 9:40 p.m.
Suspect 26-year-old Jose Rodriquez was arrested shortly after police responded, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim told police he was invited into Rodriguez’s home to do drugs. Rodriguez tried to get the victim to pay for the drugs, Fong said, but the victim refused. That led to an argument during which the suspect accused the victim of stealing a cellphone. A fight ensued as the victim was leaving the building, Fong said. The victim claims he was sucker-punched before being stabbed, the police spokesman said.