A 20-year-old woman was beaten and stabbed nine times in the legs during a savage assault that stemmed from a large party in Dolores Park Saturday night, police said.
Mission Station police officers found the victim semiconscious near the park bathroom around 10:30 p.m. They came upon the injured woman while responding to reports that dozens of juveniles were drinking and loitering near the pedestrian overpass that connects the park to Church Street.
While tending to the victim, cops called for back up to deal with the wild party, police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Monday. The party was disbanded, he said.
The stabbing victim told police she was waiting for a friend to come out of park bathroom when she was attacked by as many as four females. She was repeatedly punched, suffering a bloody nose and bruised face. She did not know she’d been stabbed until paramedics arrived and assessed her injuries, Andraychak said.
She told cops that she did not know her attackers, the police spokesman said.
Police hunting suspects made an arrest Sunday morning. Cherena Martinee-Lugo, 20, of San Francisco, was detained in an apartment in the 2100 block of Market Street around 8:15 a.m. Police said they recovered evidence connecting Martinee-Lugo to the attack.
Lugo was charged with aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation, Andraychak said.
Police are still searching for at least two other suspects who took part in the beating, he said.
She was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where she was treated for her wounds, which were not considered life threatening, police said.
Dolores Park has seen its share of violent crime this past year – particularly robberies. Last month, a 22-year-old man was shot during a mid-afternoon mugging near the park. In May, a 37-year-old man drinking beer in the park was robbed of his 12-pack by a knife-wielding thug. In March, two separate robberies occurred within minutes of each other inside the park.
Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspects in the Saturday attack. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the SFPD at (415) 553-1651 or anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or by text message to TIP411.