After a month-long investigation into a knife slashing incident on Union Street, San Francisco cops say they've finally tracked down a suspect: 22-year-old Joseph Huelbig, a Belmont resident.
Sgt. Danielle Newman said the knife attack happened on Aug. 4 around 1 a.m. at a time when the bars on Union Street were starting to close for the night. Groups of people were reportedly hanging around outside the bars when the trouble began.
According to police, people from separate groups began pushing and shoving each other and attempted to throw punches. At one point during the drunken mayhem, Huelbig allegedly pulled out a knife and began slashing one of the men.
"The actual assault was unprovoked," Newman said, adding that the knife-wielding man ran off after the stabbing.
The victim, who had cuts on his arms, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent surgery for nerve damage. He's since been released and is recovering at home.
Huelbig, who was arrested on Sept. 7, has been slapped with a slew of charges, including attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, use of a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing great bodily harm. He's currently residing in San Francisco County Jail.
Newman said there were tons of witnesses at the scene as well as pictures of suspect, which helped police nab Huelbig.
If you saw this incident, please call Sgt. Donati at 614-3400. If you don't want to talk to a cop, call the anonymous tip line at 575-4444 or text-a-tip at TIP411 and type SFPD in the subject line.