Man charged in attack on transgender woman on Muni pleads not guilty 

The man charged with attempted murder with hate crime allegations after allegedly stabbing a transgender woman in the chest on Saturday was in court today and pleaded not guilty to the charges, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Brodes Wayne Joynes, 54, of San Francisco, remains in custody on $2 million bail on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious bodily injury, two counts of criminal threats and one count of false imprisonment with hate crime enhancement allegations on all counts, Bastian said.

Joynes was arrested Saturday in the 600 block of Van Ness Avenue after reportedly first harassing and insulting two transgender women inside a Muni bus. After the women tried to get off the bus and away from him, he is alleged to have followed them and stabbed one of them twice in the chest.

That woman, Samantha Hulsey, was fortunate to have survived the assault and was treated at the hospital for injuries that were not considered life threatening but required 10 stitches. Hulsey was with her partner, Rae Raucci, who posted about the incident afterward on Facebook, where she recounted how Joynes harassed them over the fact they were transgender.

Joynes was charged Tuesday and was in court today where he pleaded not guilty, Bastian said.

District Attorney George Gascón said the nature of the crime was an attack on San Francisco values.

“A hate crime is not just an attack on the victim, it’s also an attack on our community and the values we embrace as San Franciscans,” Gascón said. “This is malicious and spiteful behavior that will be prosecuted aggressively.”

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