Sixth Street homicide is San Francisco’s first in 2012 

click to enlarge A stabbing victim was found on the ground in the mid-Market area at Stevenson and Sixth streets.
  • A stabbing victim was found on the ground in the mid-Market area at Stevenson and Sixth streets.

In the first homicide of the year in The City, an unidentified man was cut down early Thursday on the squalid Sixth Street corridor, just yards from where a new police substation has been planned.

The victim, about 30 years old, was found lying near the corner of Sixth and Stevenson streets just south of Market Street about 2:30 a.m., police said. The man, who had been stabbed in the torso, died at a hospital nearly an hour later.

The area — which along with other parts of the mid-Market Street neighborhood is plagued with violence, thefts, gang activity and drug dealing — has been targeted for revitalization by city leaders.

Police had planned to open a substation in June at 72 Sixth St. until $500,000 in funding was jeopardized when the California Supreme Court upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s cost-saving plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies statewide.

The substation was planned to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes that part of Sixth Street, said she is exploring ways to secure funding for the substation, which she said would allow for a greater police presence in the area.

Late Thursday morning, a police mobile command van was parked near the crime scene. The van shows up later in the morning and leaves at night, and is rarely occupied by police officers, said an area resident who declined to give his name.

“They ain’t never here,” the man said. “It’s just for show.”

He said he had heard that after the stabbing, the victim collapsed in front of a nearby cafe.

Police have made no arrests and have not released information about the suspect or a possible motive. Witnesses can call police anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411.

In March, two men were shot, one fatally, on Jessie Street near Sixth Street, just south of Thursday’s homicide. Farther south at Minna Street, shootings took place in June and August. In September, a woman and a 15-year-old girl were hit by gunfire there.

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