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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nicholas Hudson, Teen Accused of Torching Muni, Appears in Court

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

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Nicholas Hudson, the 19-year-old man accused of torching a Muni bus during the World Series celebration, appeared in court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to arson charges.

Hudson, a Daly City resident, was arrested yesterday morning in South San Francisco on suspicion of setting fire to the 8X-Bayshore Express Muni bus at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Market and Third streets. The bus had eight passengers inside, however all escaped injury.

But the Muni bus wasn't as lucky; officials say the $700,000 passenger vehicle was totaled beyond repair.

"The Giants winning the World Series is cause for celebration not destruction," said District Attorney George Gascón. "The behavior of this defendant and others does not reflect on the character of this city. We are asking for the public's help and cooperation in tracking down the other perpetrators involved in the vandalism and arson of the Muni bus that evening."

Hudson has been charged with one count of vandalism and one count of willful tampering with a passenger transit vehicle. His bail has been set at $40,000 and he is currently in custody.

The remaining suspects that were caught on camera are still on the lam. The San Francisco Police Department has released several photos and video footage of the suspects involved in the arson and vandalism. If you have any information about the suspects, call Inspector Jeff Levin of the SFPD at 920-2944.

In total, 16 cases have been turned over to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office related to the World Series celebrations. So far, the DA has charged 13 of these cases, including assault on a police officer, vandalism, negligent discharge of a firearm, robbery, resisting arrest, battery and arson of property.

Just today, the Medical Examiner reported that 37-year-old Sean Moffitt died from injuries he received while celebrating the World Series win in the Haight. Police have not yet determined whether his death was a homicide, however, before he was rushed to the hospital, Moffitt told his roommate he was attacked by a group of men who hit him repeatedly with a metal object.

Hudson is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 24.

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