SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A 63-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing another man at a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Monday evening, police said Tuesday.

Investigators have identified Ricky Leon Scott, a San Francisco resident, as a suspect in the stabbing, which was reported at 6:58 p.m. Monday.

Officers responded to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s homeless shelter at 525 Fifth St., near Bryant Street, where they found a 44-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to his torso.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name has not yet been released.

The stabber fled before officers had arrived, but about 10 minutes later, a police sergeant detained someone matching his description a block away, at Fourth and Bryant streets, police said.

Witnesses subsequently identified the suspect, Scott, as the stabber and he was taken into custody on suspicion of murder, according to police.

No one at the homeless shelter was willing to comment on the stabbing Tuesday afternoon. An employee at the shelter referred inquiries to Pamela Tebo, of the San Francisco Human Services Agency, and Tebo was not immediately available for comment.

The homicide, San Francisco’s fourth of 2012, remains under investigation.

Anyone with additional information about the case is encouraged to call police Sgt. Scott Warnke from the department’s homicide detail at (415) 553-1145 or the police operations center after hours at (415) 553-1071.

People wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.


(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (4)
  1. AlvinA says:

    The homeless shelters in San Francisco are disgusting and they’re made disgusting by the behavior of the overgrown children that go there. I’m not talking about the truly mentally ill. They need treatment. I’ve watched too many “homeless” drive up to the free housing in their luxury cars, stand outside using their $1000 iphones and running drug dealing and prostitution right outside the shelters doors. Our political “stars” who claim to be concerned are phonies. I’ve lived here a long, long time and I’m left wing but SF is over liberal to an unhealthy, destructive extent.

  2. UsedToBeAgreatCityNowANationalJoke says:

    I 100% that AlvinA. It’s all a sham. Shelters are in the business of gaining monetary rewards, not the reward of helping people. And the pro homeless attitude of SF caused all the homeless to flock to SF. With SF’s “Sanctuary” being a national joke it was cheered on by other cities because it caused all of their illegals to flock to SF. So now you have a smelly, crime ridden City with drugs, killings, stabbings every week. Yes every week. The news only shows a small portion of what really happens in lovely SF I know because I’m connected to public safety there. I tell tourists to stay away from SF and head straight up to the wine country instead or keep going to Seattle.

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