The man accused of stabbing a bicycle-riding, off-duty San Francisco Police officer is Nicholas Batchelor, a 27-year-old white male from the Peninsula.
Batchelor is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a still-murky incident at Haight and Steiner Streets Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses described Batchelor and the cyclist exchanging words before Batchelor got out of his older, green Cadillac and stabbed the officer. Batchelor fled the scene, but witnesses eyeballed the license number for the green caddy — which is, truth be told, not a subtle vehicle. Police caught up with Batchelor at Potomac and Waller Streets, not far off. He remains in County Jail.
The name of the officer has not yet been released, but police spokeswoman Lyn Tomioka said it would be later today. He remains in San Francisco General Hospital with “non-life-threatening” injuries. He is expected to stay in the hospital for at least several more days.
NOTE: The SFPD originally released Batchelor's age as 29. He is 27.
UPDATE: Police identified 46-year-old Sgt. John Burke as the officer who was stabbed after attempting to intervene in an an altercation between Batchelor and another driver.