A member of the Occupy protest movement, which is trying to re-establish itself in front of the Federal Reserve Bank, was stabbed in the chest after a dispute over stolen items Sunday, police and witnesses said.
A demonstrator at 101 Market St. drove the victim, 28-year-old Brian “Boston” Reid, pictured at right, to San Francisco General Hospital after the stabbing happened about 10:40 p.m., witnesses said. Reid is expected to survive.
“The victim and suspect got into a verbal altercation about the whereabouts of a camera,” police Officer Albie Esparza said Monday.
One protester told The San Francisco Examiner the dispute was over a stolen cellphone and purse.
“I’m not going to get between a man and his purse,” said the protester, who asked not to be named.
The suspect, described only as a man in his early 20s, fled after the attack, police said, adding that no arrest had been made as of Monday.
However, investigators might have a new lead in the case.
One of the demonstrators at the Federal Reserve gave a blood-stained knife he claimed was used in the attack to an S.F. Examiner photographer. Police picked up the knife early Monday afternoon.
Witnesses described the suspect as a troublemaker who had been hanging around the protest site for about a week claiming he was the leader.
Reid is a longtime Occupier who prefers to be called Boston, demonstrators said.
Even before the attack, the suspect was not welcomed by demonstrators.
“He clearly came here with an intent to destroy our revived occupation site,” Mark Schwartz said. “He was an aggressor. We are peaceful.”