San Francisco Cable Car Operator Stabbed, Suspect Arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a victim on a cable car in San Francisco’s Chinatown late Sunday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Police responded to reports of a stabbing about 4:20 p.m. on a cable car near Mason and Jackson streets, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Responding officers followed a trail of blood near the crime scene, and located the man suspected of the crime and arrested him. It is unknown if the trail of blood came from the victim or the suspect.

The victim, whose details were not released, was being treated for a stab wound to the torso at a local hospital. Their condition was unknown as of about 5:30 p.m.

It is unknown if the incident was gang-related.

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  • eric

    Ted- straight and to the point. Thanks for the clarity .

    • upsetsfer

      You are full of it!!

      the cable car line had not been running since 1 or so in afternoon so how were you on the cable line?

      and teh person that stabbed him was asian NOT latino stop spreading your lies!

  • CD

    stabbed over cable car fare?
    isn’t it like $2 to ride a cable car?

    sweet. Now I get to pay this guys food and housing for the next 10 years.

  • GV

    You know CD, for such stupid crime if this guy really did just stab the conductor over the fare (which I’m sure was the reason) death should be an option. I mean seriously, stabbing someone over a fare? In many cases of murder I don’t agree with death, but this guy is just a time bomb. He does not benefit society, he makes it worse, and he blows up over little things. Moron should be put down.

    • john smith

      Amen to that..

  • Jill

    I’m sure he was just a timebomb waiting to go off. Too bad this poor innocent cable car conductor happened to be in his path when he lost it. It comes down to mental illness in my view or is he just a bad person? I wonder if there was a time when a dangerous individual such as himself could have been pulled out of our society at an earlier time. Am I naive?

  • Elle

    Ted, thanks for the info; that is terrible. How do you know that the vato was “illegal?”

  • tn

    Possibly trying to “earn” his rank in a life of some Mexican gang by acting violently to “prove” his worth…..lessness. Idiot needs to have his nuts sliced off. Maybe that will lessen his violent testosterone moments.

  • JAMO

    All I can say is that it is great to hear people who get it. This guy is a loser much like the other gangster idiots who frequent the SF streets. Is it really worth it to hurt someone for a few bucks. Ask one of us for the fare and we will cover you as long as you promise not to stab human beings you vato idiot!!!

  • Donald Wright

    The primary job of the U.S. government is to protect and defend the American people and to defend our borders. So, San Franciscans, thank your politicians for creating a “sanctuary city,” and next time, vote more intelligently. And I don’t mean for Democrats.



  • Elle

    you anti-immigrant people can turn anything into an anti-immigrant rant. makes no matter if you have the facts or not.

  • Ejack

    Thanks Donald for representing everyone who doesn’t live in SF. If we had a republican we would have less money spent and less cops. Useless military spending and corporate tax breaks wont help here but thanks for the help.

  • asdf

    classic news story. not enough information, no context given, just some meaningless information other than a cable car operator got stabbed, leaving us to fill in the blanks. The news is all useless noise with ads strewn all over it.

  • Citizen

    Where you really on the cable car, because the operators were on break and shouldn’t have been in operation. Plus if your story was true there should have been 2 conductors on the car. Also the suspect in custody is Asian.

  • janette

    I love how everyone jumps to teh conclusion that the man had to be latino and illegal geez.

    I’m hoping the conductor makes a full recovery!

  • abcrane

    my atheist blessings to all this violence that religion (non-scientific) “belief systems” seem to drive people to…”my god is better than your god and you’ll have to die for it” kind of thinking is what makes people so insane, senseless, useless, and ignorant things…jeesus ba geesus! pick up a book and put down the axe-pick already–your Jesus persecution complex shines all-too-hideous in the mirror of reason!

  • Paul

    It happened at 4:20? Hmmm … Must be a drug related incident.

    Seriously, why did they include that in the story?

  • beefpiranha

    You people frighten me.

  • Thelipstickfemme

    I have checked all the news outlets including the Bay Area Local Stations. Only a few have reported the incident and the 4 location 11:00 p.m. news stations do not mention it at all. The first story up was the Crab Season kick off and the strange jelly fishes that ended up on our beach, so that was strange

    The identity, age etc. of the stabbed cable car Conductor has not revealed, nor has the details that lead up to the incident been revealed. (FYI: There is one conductor on the Cable Car (the gripper in the front) and the other one is the one who pick up the money who is in the back Their can’t be two conductors on the cable car.)

    So, please stop assuming as to what happened, because the story is very cryptic at best. The only thing I saw on TV were two females being taken away in a police truck. One was yelling that this is being taped and we are innocent etc. etc. and the Male that did it was finally arrested but they did not show him. The Cable Car Conductor is fighting for his life, so this is serious.

  • Carlos DeSousa Mendes II

    @Donald Wright: What does this incident have to do with the fact that San Francisco is a sanctuary city? How did politics come to play a role in this unfortunate occurrence? Are you sure your name is not Donald Wrong? LOL! BTW most intelligent voters do vote Dem…

  • Nick

    Hahahahahahaha! Awesome….
    and I’m Chinese too…

  • Tay

    The car was not running or in service…no passengers, no fares were being collected…only the conductor was on board…the perpetrator is a 32 year old man named George Huong who was arrested after officers followed a trail of blood to where he was found. A witness told officers also where the perpetrator fled to.

    The conductor is serious condition. Went through operation last night.

    My husband who is a co-worker of the victim saw the car…full of blood everywhere…gory scene…it was apparent that the conductor fought back.

    I hope he comes out okay…

  • DD

    Race has NOTHING to do with it!! Why is EVERYTHING turned into a race thing? A human being was stabbed and is fighting for his life!! Isn’t that ENOUGH for some of you?

  • William Mosely

    I learned long ago to read these stories with an open mind. Many times the story needs updates to understand what really happened. All we really know for sure is an altercation occurred, nothing more. Since when did nationality have anything to do with “reason?” I for one hope the man recovers from the altercation. Enough said… ~Peace~ We could use some peace…

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