SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department have arrested a suspect in connection to a stabbing that left an elderly woman dead. According to the SFPD, on January 2, at approximately 11:40 a.m. officers responded to a report of a person down at the intersection of Ellis Street and Leavenworth Street.
After arriving on the scene, officers discovered a 61 year-old woman suffering from a stab wound to the head. Paramedics from the San Francisco Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital , where she later died from her injuries.
Witnesses on the scene were able to provide officers with a description of the suspect and vehicle. Officers discovered a second, 50 year-old victim at the hospital who suffered a non-life threatening stab wound at the hands of the suspect. The SFPD Homicide Detail was notified and began an investigation.
Twenty minutes after the elderly woman’s death, officers conducted a traffic stop on a car matching the suspect description on the unit block of Brookdale Avenue. They detained the 43 year-old female driver. While questioning the driver, Arthur Finch, 49, of San Francisco emerged from a nearby home. Officers noticed that Finch matched the physical and clothing description of the homicide suspect and detained him without incident.
Officers concluded after investigating that Finch was responsible for the stabbing death of the 61 year-old woman, and the stabbing of the 50 year-old male and a domestic violence – related assault on the female driver who authorities stopped. Based on information obtained during the investigation, the 61 year-old woman and the 50 year-old male attempted to come to the aid of the domestic violence victim who was being assaulted by Finch.
Finch was booked at the San Francisco County J ail for murder, attempted murder, felony domestic violence, elder abuse, possession and use of a dangerous weapon, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon . He was also booked for being a parole e at large with a no bail warrant. Due to pending identification matters, Finch’s booking photo is not being released at this time.
The SFPD is still investigating the case. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415 – 575 – 4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.