Suspect hijacks San Francisco bus, goes on 1.5 mile rampage side-swiping cars

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On Friday a suspect assaulted a San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) bus driver, proceeded to hijack the bus, and then went on a 1.5 mile rampage side-swiping cars.

“The suspect hijacked the bus at approximately 7:53 p.m. on Cortland Avenue and Mission Street,” SFGATE reported.

The man then “assaulted the bus driver in order to steal the bus, then drove it roughly 1.5 miles to 19th Street and Guerrero Street, hitting multiple vehicles in the process,” according to the paper.

Thankfully, no passengers — aside from the suspect — were aboard when this happened.

Watch eyewitness footage of the hijacked bus below:

The driver eventually crashed into a car while making a right turn, after which the authorities apprehended the suspect and called an ambulance for the driver.

SFGATE admits that Muni-related crimes “have inched upward between 2020 and 2022, according to data from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.”

Indeed, all crime has inched upward in San Francisco and other blue metropolitans ever since the violent Black Lives Matter riots of 2020.

“San Franciscans [currently] face about a 1-in-16 chance each year of being a victim of property or violent crime, which makes the city more dangerous than 98 percent of US cities, both small and large,” according to the Hoover Institution.

“To put this in perspective, Compton, California, the infamous home of drug gang turf wars, and which today remains more dangerous than 90 percent of all US cities, is almost twice as safe as San Francisco,” the conservative think tank reported last year.

Crime has been so bad in the Bay Area that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, recently bragged that New York City will “never be San Francisco.”

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As to why this problem exists, the institution names two culprits, starting with the city’s small police force: “New York’s police force per resident is nearly twice that of San Francisco, and New York is a much safer city,” the institution notes.

The second culprit is former district attorney Chesa Boudin, who had a sordid history of going soft on crime.

“Boudin himself has been widely criticized for failing to prosecute obvious cases, including a person who had been arrested multiple times over the previous year, who had a history of felony convictions, and who ultimately killed two women while driving a stolen car after drinking and using methamphetamine,” according to the institution.

Thankfully, Boudin was successfully recalled over the summer, precisely because of his habit of cutting criminals undue breaks.

“Voters have recalled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin in a blow to a national movement toward more lenient prosecution. Boudin was toppled by a campaign fueled by crime concerns and funded by business groups. Former prosecutors from his office had publicly joined the recall push, lending credibility to the recall effort,” Politico reported at the time.

His successor, Brooke Jenkins, has been far less lenient with criminals.

Take the case of the Charles Short, a 32-year-old man who attacked several people at a store earlier this month, killing one. Instead of letting him loose like Boudin would have likely done, Jenkins has kept him behind bars.

She’s also hit him with a flurry of charges.

“The District Attorney’s Office charged Short with 14 felony counts and several aggravating allegations including murder, elder abuse, mayhem, assault, battery, second degree robbery, false imprisonment, preventing or dissuading witness by force of threat, threats to executive officers, battery upon an officer, vandalism and resisting and obstructing peace officers,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

That said, Short should have never been free in the first place, as he’d been pending trial for beating up a local police officer. Incidentally, but not surprisingly, it was Boudin who released him jail after the prior charge …

Republished with permission from American Wire News Service

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