Golden Gate Park stabbing victim identified 

The 25-year-old man stabbed to death in Golden Gate Park Sunday night has been identified as Adam Noyes, a white male who had been living in The City, although authorities don’t know where and for how long.

The Medical Examiner’s Office provided his identity. A 65-year-old man is in custody for the 9:40 p.m. killing in the grassy area behind a statue close to where John F. Kennedy and Middle drives meet, police said.

The incident was the result of an argument, police said. Authorities have not said whether the parties involved were transients.

The homicide was the second high-profile incident in the park in four days. On Thursday, three people were bitten by an unfixed male pit bull that police said lived with transients in a homeless encampment and was used for illegal breeding.

Due to the violence, extra police will be patrolling Golden Gate Park after sunset this week, Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg said.

The incidents exacerbate controversial city policy battles regarding handling of San Francisco’s large transient population. The proposed sit-lie ordinance, which would ban sitting or lying on public sidewalks, centers on violent street youth, but also addresses their dogs.

If Sunday night’s fatal stabbing is found to involve transients, the incident could reignite years of worry about the rampant homeless problem in Golden Gate Park.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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