James Rickleffs, 45, will be charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of first degree residential robbery, District Attorney George Gascón announced today.
Rickleffs apparently has a history of low-level offenses related to property crime and drug use. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 10.
This hasn't been the only recent case in which a budding romantic interest turned violent. Gascón noted that there's been an increase in victims reporting similar attacks.
"We have seen a pattern of conduct, specifically in the Castro bar scene, where unsuspecting people have been robbed or burglarized by suspects they met at a bar or club," the DA said at a press conference today.
Gascón reminded everyone to watch out for strangers the same way you did as a kid. "Be very mindful of people that you meet the
first time ... because the consequences have been very dire -- as it was in
this case," he said.
The San Francisco Police Department is still looking for anyone who has had any contact with the suspect. Those who have information regarding the case are urged to call Sgt. Scott Warnke or the inspectors on the case at 553-1145, the after-hours line at 553-1071, the anonymous tip line at 575-4444, or send a text message to TIP411.