SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / BCN) – A man who allegedly slapped a victim in the face near Union Square in San Francisco after the victim turned down a money request was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges.
In addition to the attempted murder, officers arrested 39-year-old Ryan Baker on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, heavy battery with grievous bodily harm, gross mayhem and aggravation, and parole violation.
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The attack occurred Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. on the 200 block of Powell Street, where Baker allegedly approached the 34-year-old male victim and asked for money.
When the victim said he had none, Baker allegedly started yelling and brandishing a knife, cutting the victim’s face before running away, police said.
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When the officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from a large gash on the face which the police described as “severe”.
The victim was taken to hospital for his injuries, which police said were not considered life threatening.
Later on Wednesday, after police distributed a description along with surveillance photos of Baker, a witness alerted officers that someone who matched the description was standing near a bus stop on Alemany Boulevard and Justin Drive. There officers found Baker and arrested him.
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Baker remains in custody and is being held without bail, according to prison records.