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Friday, January 15, 2010

Suspect in Taxi Stabbing Given Away By Bloody, Ringing Phone

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge Is Bruce there?
  • Is Bruce there?
Bruce Lee Griffin, the suspect charged with attempted murder in the wake of his alleged beating, stabbing, and robbery of cab driver Balvinder Singh on Jan. 11, isn't going to be confused with Moriarty anytime soon.

Police claim Griffin, 26, left his cell phone behind in Singh's cab -- a major impediment for anyone hoping to commit the perfect crime. And, according to a source close to the investigation, Griffin's alleged gaffe was a gift that just kept giving for police.

Shortly after the cops arrived at the scene, the blood-soaked phone rang and police answered it. The man at the other end asked for Bruce.

The caller didn't know Bruce's last name -- but he did know that Bruce was a black male who was about 26 years old.

Then, scrolling through the missed calls, police recognized one of the names as Griffin's parole officer. (He is on parole, incidentally, for robbing a cabbie in 2003).


Griffin is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and "first-degree robbery of a taxi-driver." He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Friday.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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