Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Suspect in Castro area stabbing charged

The man who allegedly stabbed a cab driver in the Castro District is being charged with attempted murder.

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is also charging Bruce Lee Griffin, 26, of Pittsburg, California with assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree robbery of a taxi driver.

As KTVU Channel 2 reported, Griffin had left his cell phone in the cab after the incident.

On Monday, January 11 at about 7:15 p.m., Griffin allegedly flagged down a taxi driven by Balvinder Singh, 53, and asked to be taken to States Street. The street is near the intersection of Market and 17th streets.

Once Griffin and Singh reached the 200 block of States Street, Griffin allegedly told him to stop and demanded that Singh give him money. As Singh reached for his money, Griffin allegedly began to stab him. The driver got out of the taxi, but Griffin also allegedly got out and continued to stab him in the street, the DA’s office said in a statement.

Singh dropped some of his money to the ground, but Griffin allegedly continued to stab him before leaning down to scoop up the money. Griffin fled the scene.

Singh, who suffered life-threatening stab wounds to the chest and head, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Officer Boaz Mariles, a San Francisco police spokesman, told the Bay Area Reporter today [Thursday, January 14] the driver has been discharged from the hospital.

Griffin’was arrested early Wednesday morning, January 13, on Post Street. He is scheduled to be arraigned and enter pleas at 9 a.m. tomorrow [Friday, January 15] in San Francisco Superior Court.

He is in custody with two no-bail holds – one from San Francisco and another from the California Department of Corrections.

Griffin is alleged to have a prior felony “strike” under California’s “three-strikes” law for his conviction for robbery in 2003.

In a statement, Harris said, “In an act of profound cowardice, Griffin victimized and nearly killed a hardworking man who was just trying to make a living. In a model of true community policing, bystanders at the scene worked with the San Francisco Police Department shoulder-to-shoulder, which quickly led to the capture of this madman.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 14, 2010 @ 4:50 pm PST
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