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San Francisco, CA – District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced today that Hayward resident Effrim Baker (60), has been charged in connection to a series of stabbings in San Francisco. Mr. Baker was arraigned on October 6, 2023, and pled not guilty to 14 felony counts and numerous allegations and special circumstances including the personal use of a weapon and causing great bodily injury. He was charged with three counts of attempted murder (PC 664/187), three counts of assault with a deadly weapon (PC 245(a)(1), four counts of battery with serious bodily injury (PC 243(d)), one count of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury (PC 245(a)(4)), one count of robbery (PC 211), one count of mayhem (PC 203) and one count of elder abuse (PC 368(b)(1)). The criminal complaint also alleges these crimes resulted in great bodily injury to the victims, that Mr. Baker personally used a deadly weapon and that that these crimes were committed while Mr. Baker was on parole.

“Violence of this magnitude takes a toll on communities and our city at large,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “I am grateful to the San Francisco police for making a speedy arrest in this matter and hope each victim is able to recover and heal from these traumatic events. My office will now work to ensure that there is justice and accountability in the courtroom.”

Mr. Baker is alleged to have attacked four individuals without provocation on October 1, 2023, between approximately 7:30AM and 8:10AM. According to San Francisco Police the series of attacks occurred along Market Street between Battery Street and Fourth Street. All of the victims were adults, with one elderly victim aged 86.

Mr. Baker’s next court date is October 13, 2023, to set the date for the preliminary hearing in this matter. The District Attorney’s Office moved to detain him pending trial because of the public safety risk he poses. The court did not set bail for Mr. Baker who will remain in custody at this time. The court will rule on the People’s motion to detain with the preliminary hearing in this case. If convicted of all charges and all allegations are found to be true, Mr. Baker faces more than 46 years in State Prison.

Although charges have been filed, this remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.

Court Number: 23016004