Who is Patrick Thompson?
Patrick Thompson is a San Francisco man who allegedly stabbed two elderly Asian women on Tuesday, May 4, while waiting for a bus. Aged 84 and 63, both the women remain in the hospital and are being treated for multiple stab wounds, said the San Francisco Police Department through a press release.
Officers from the Tenderloin Station had obtained an image of the suspect during their course of the investigation and recognized the suspect from prior contact. The San Francisco resident was arrested at around 7 pm, two hours after he had allegedly stabbed the two women.
Local outlet KPIX5 reported that Thompson was located on the 600 block of Eddy Street, and taken into custody without incident.
Witness snapped this picture he says is the suspect who stabbed 2 elderly Asian women. SFPD arrested and just identified 54 year old as Patrick Thompson of San Francisco #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/bdmQiygrgc
— Kenny Choi (@KennyKPIX) May 5, 2021
How old is Patrick Thompson?
Patrick Thompson is 54 years old as of the year 2021.
Patrick Thompson Stabbing
Thompson was identified through a photo taken by Lee’s nephew Eric Yung, who was helping her at her flower shop.
Yung had noticed Thompson approaching the elderly women wielding a giant knife, just feet behind them. Multiple witnesses identified Thompson as the suspect from Yung’s photo that was taken seconds after the attack and showed Thomspon walking away with a distinct black and yellow bag he was carrying.
“All you see is just a big silver thing in hand, brass-knuckle style; slowly puts it in and walks off,” said Yung. “Military-style knife,” agreed on a second witness, who disclosed their name as just Devin. “I saw brass knuckles at the end of it. Couldn’t tell you how long, because part of it was still in her.”
Patrick Thompson San Francisco Ca
Speaking about how Thompson should face additional charges for an alleged hate crime, the individual called Devin also told the outlet, “That was a hate crime. He didn’t rob them. He just hurt them, so what else could it be?” They added: “Regardless of nationality or ethnicity, they didn’t deserve that.
That’s someone’s grandmother or mother.”
“She didn’t know the other victim, and they were both at the bus stop and both stabbed there,” Drew Eng said. “I think the other lady was stabbed first.”
54-year-old Patrick Thompson Asian Attack
Witnesses told the station that the assailant was walking down Market Street clutching a knife when he approached a bus stop, stabbed the women, and then walked away. San Francisco’s District Attorney Chesa Boudin tweeted: “Heartbroken tonight for two elderly AAPI victims of a stabbing on Market.
“We’re awaiting more info & praying for the victims as they undergo medical treatment.”
Patrick Thompson, 54, arrested by @SFPDTenderloin @SFPD in unprovoked stabbing of 85yo grandmother and 2nd Asian woman near 4th & Market. Grandson of the 85yo victim speaks out. 4, 5:20, 6, 7 p.m. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/7mVNApQnEZ
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) May 5, 2021
ABC7 reporter Kate Larsen tweeted that police located the suspect after a photo of him was disseminated to officers in the field.
Patrick Thompson Arrested
Officers located and arrested Thompson in the 600 block of Eddy Street in San Francisco, California, at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, KPIX-TV reported.
In a later tweet, Haney said both women were out of surgery and in a stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital. Police have not said whether they believe the woman was specifically targeted or if the stabbing might be a hate crime, but officers are reportedly not ruling it out.
The San Francisco Police Department has been contacted for additional comment.