Prosecutor says bakery stabbing suspect
planned to kill
By Tamara Barak
May 23, 2007
Before stabbing a 14-year-old girl in a San Francisco bakery
Saturday, Scott Thomas dreamed about killing for four months while
incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, according to a prosecutor
at Thomas' arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court this morning.
In urging Judge Lucy Kelly McCabe to deny bail in the case, Assistant
District Attorney Ana Gonzalez argued that the 26-year-old parolee
from Van Nuys, Calif., is extremely dangerous.
"He viciously attacked a 14-year-old girl with no provocation
and stabbed a good Samaritan who tried to intervene," Gonzalez
said. "When he was interviewed after the crime, he said that
for four months in San Quentin, he spent his time thinking about
Thomas, who was reportedly released from San Quentin the day
before the incident, told authorities he wanted to commit a murder
on Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles, but didn't have enough money
for bus fare, Gonzalez told the judge.
He allegedly stabbed the teenager Saturday at Creighton's Bakery
at 673 Portola Drive.
McCabe denied bail for Thomas, a slight man who appeared shackled
and with a shaved head. He was ordered to appear again on Friday,
when he is scheduled to enter a plea.
He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, one
count of child endangerment and one count of assault with a deadly
The young stabbing victim is expected to survive her injuries,
according to San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina.
Officers arrested Thomas Saturday after a witness to the stabbing
followed him. Thomas eventually ran behind Laguna Honda Hospital,
where the witness pointed him out to police, Mannina said.
A man who tried to intervene during the attack on the girl received
knife wounds as well, but was not seriously injured, according
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who has testified
before the California Legislature to call for tighter supervision
of parolees and more funding to make sure they are supervised,
issued a statement today expressing frustration.
"It's frustrating to see those who have committed a crime
be released from prison, placed on parole and cycle back into
the criminal justice system," Harris said.
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