UCSF police arrest man in connection with campus homicide

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A man accused of murdering someone on the UCSF Parnassus campus was arrested Wednesday morning, according to police.

The homicide happened around 6:15 am Tuesday morning at the UCSF Ambulatory Care Center.

Surveillance video captured the incident happening in the building’s lobby.

The victim, who’s been identified as 66-year-old Anton Bajjalieh, was able to exit the building after the attack but collapsed on the sidewalk. A UCSF nurse on their way to work allegedly tried to save the victim with CPR but was unable to do so.

A man walking out of the medical facility found the news to be unsettling, “it seems like an unlikely place for a tragedy like that to take place.”

The suspect was booked into San Francisco county jail on charges of first-degree murder and robbery. Police also don’t believe that the victim knew his alleged attacker.

Police have released the following safety measures to minimize people’s chances of becoming a victim.

Campus safety tips:

  • Be vigilant of suspicious persons
  • Call UCSF PD if a suspicious person is seen loitering on campus.
  • Travel in groups whenever possible, especially at night.
  • Avoid poorly-lit or deserted areas when walking at night.
  • Make use of the shuttle and escort services.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings; avoid headphone and cell phone use when walking or waiting alone.
  • If you are walking to your car, keep your car keys easily accessible, preferably in your hand.
  • If you feel you are being followed, go into an open business and ask for help.
  • Keep emergency numbers pre-programmed into your cell phone.
  • If you are faced with demands for your money or property, especially from an armed subject, comply with their demands in the interest of your safety.
  • Do not leave doors to buildings propped open.
  • Prevent tailgating by closing all doors and gates behind you when entering or leaving.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact UCSF police at 415.476.1414 in reference to case number 2020-897.

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