Employee critically injured following stabbing at San Francisco Chinatown bakery, police say

ByTim Johns KGO logo
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Employee critically injured after stabbing at SF Chinatown bakery
An AA Bakery worker was critically injured in a stabbing Monday morning in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood, police say.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Shock throughout San Francisco's Chinatown Monday after a stabbing at The AA Bakery and Cafe.

The victim was an employee who has life-threatening injuries.

Police say a suspect was detained.

Investigators haven't given an update since shortly after the incident but said they couldn't confirm an arrest or a motive.

"It was a knife type object. The victim was stabbed a couple of times in the back. In the neck area," said Lt. Mark Moreno.

Outside the bakery, ABC7 News talked with a man who said he saw the attack occur.

He wished to remain anonymous.

"The lady finally screaming ran out from the counter and fell down on the coffee machine and her eyes closed," he said.

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News of the stabbing stunned the local community.

The bakery is one of the most popular places to eat for both residents and visitors alike.

"It's one of the go-to stops in Chinatown. It's actually one of the go-to bakeries in all of San Francisco," said Lily Ho of the Delta Chinatown Initiative.

Chinatown has been one of the city neighborhoods hit hardest by the pandemic.

Now, local leaders are hoping this attack doesn't undo any of the recent progress made bringing people back out to the area.

"The whole community has been working so hard for years to bring foot traffic back into the community to make people feel welcome, to make people feel safe," Ho said.

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin - whose district includes Chinatown - says his office is in contact with the shop's owner to offer support.

If you have information on the stabbing, contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

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