The suspect in a brutal daylight beating near Lafayette Park may have committed similar crimes before, say police, after the release of surveillance video prompted a wave of tips to the SFPD. According to KRON 4, one person called in to describe a similar attack which may or may not have happened in the vicinity of Pacific Heights, and police are now investigating this second report.
Per KRON 4, "Police aren’t saying if this attempted attack also occurred in the same neighborhood but said he followed the other victim for several blocks and even got on and off Muni."
The first attack we learned about, on a woman in her 50's, occurred last Saturday on Washington Street between Octavia and Gough, and it appeared entirely random. The victim did not recognize her attacker, and just heard him say something like "Say you're sorry" before punching her, knocking her to the ground, and repeatedly hitting and kicking her. The white male suspect is said to be in his 40's or 50's, with brown hair, and is possibly homeless.
The victim suffered a broken nose and other injuries, and remains in the hospital.
People who make a habit of walking alone in or around Lafayette Park are being told to stay vigilant.
And the SFPD would still like to hear any tips about this suspect, who remains on the loose, via the department's Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444, or you can text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.