Patrick Thompson, 54, of San Francisco, California, United States has been arrested by the San Francisco Police Department. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of elder abuse.
At around 4:51 pm. on May 4, 2021, Thompson stabbed Chui Fong, 85, and another victim, 65, near Fourth and Stockton streets in San Francisco, according to the SFPD. Both victims are Asian and female.
When SFPD officers arrived on the scene, they found the two victims suffering from multiple stab wounds. The officers gave first aid to the victims, who were later transported to a local hospital.
After undergoing surgery for more than four hours, Fong was expected to survive, doctors told her grandson Drew. He told ABC 7 News that his grandmother is independent and very headstrong.
“I was told the knife nicked her lung and ribcage,” Drew said of the weapon Thompson used to stab Fong. “It was a really long knife.”
Fong was initially treated for life-threatening injuries but her medical status while eventually upgraded to non-life-threatening while the other victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Both victims are still in the hospital.
At around 7:00 p.m. that evening, SFPD officers arrested Thompson without incident on Eddy Street in San Francisco. He was booked at San Francisco County Jail.
“We don’t have any evidence that there was any provocation or warning prior to the attack,” NBC News quoted SFPD public information officer Robert Rueca as saying. SFPD chief William Scott said the officers were very familiar with Thompson, who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury before the stabbing incident on May 4, 2021.
Whether or not racial bias motivated the incident is still being investigated. SFPD officers recognized Thompson from prior police contacts and his mugshots have yet to be released.