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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

S.F. High School Student Attacked While Riding Muni

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 1:29 PM

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Yesterday, SF Weekly reported that city officials were touting how complaints about Muni drivers being unsafe, negligent, rude, and late dropped drastically in the month of December.

But as with every news cycle, the story changes.

A San Francisco high school student was riding the 49 bus line down Mission Street at about 3 p.m. on Monday when a group of kids, both male and female, got onto the same bus. The victim was seated in the back of the bus, playing with his iPhone when he noticed some of the other kids were passing around graffiti tools.

He got nervous when he saw that one of the kids had a knife in his hand. Some of the kids started staring at the victim so he put away his phone and his headphones and stood up to leave the bus, according to police reports.

As he waited for the bus to stop, the kids surrounded him and started pushing him around. After a few pushes, he broke away from the group and ran to the front of the bus.

As he ran, one of the kids punched him several times in the back of the head. The victim got off at the front of the bus on the 3900 block of Mission Street in downtown -- but he still wasn't out of danger. One of the kids also exited from the back of the bus, so the victim re-boarded at the front of the bus. He was immediately hit in the face by one of the other kids.

The Muni driver started to call for police so the kids jumped off the bus and ran away.There were some cops near the stopped bus, and they caught up with the group of kids. They detained six juveniles and two adult males, who were booked on charges of false imprisonment.

Muni officials have not returned SF Weekly's phone calls regarding the incident.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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