Sixth Street violence marks San Francisco’s first 2012 homicide 

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In The City’s first homicide of the year, an unidentified man was cut down early Thursday on the grizzled and seedy Sixth Street corridor, just yards from where a new police substation had been planned.

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

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

Police want to put a substation at 72 Sixth St., but the recent California Supreme Court decision upholding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to save money by eliminating the state’s redevelopment agencies has put $500,000 in local money allocated for the substation in jeopardy.

The substation was expected to open in June. However, it was only planned to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight.

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

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

The man said he had heard that after the stabbing, the victim collapsed in front of a nearby café.

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

Last March, two men were shot, one fatally, on Jessie Street near Sixth Street, just south of Thursday’s crime scene. Further 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 at the same location.

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