Transient arrested for unprovoked stabbing of BART rider at San Francisco station 


A transient has been arrested in connection with an unprovoked stabbing of a BART passenger in the neck at Balboa Station Thursday morning after the two had reportedly ridden a bus together, a BART police deputy chief said.

Wilfred Brown, 35, allegedly arrived at the station at the same time as victim, but did not speak to him before stabbing him near the agent's booth around 6:10 a.m., BART police Deputy Chief Benson Fairow said.

The 60-year-old victim, who was on his way to work, was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital.

San Francisco police, who were given a description of the stabbing suspect by BART police, launched a manhunt and hours later arrested Brown.

Two witnesses, including the station agent, identified Brown as the stabber. Brown was then taken to the hospital, where the victim and a third witness also identified him, Fairow said.

Brown was in possession of two knives when he was taken into custody -- including one with blood on it that is believed to be the attempted murder weapon, he said.

Fairow said that after being interviewed by detectives, Brown confessed to the stabbing.

Brown, who is a transient and did not know the victim, appeared to have stabbed him in an unprovoked attack, he said.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and booked into San Francisco jail.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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