Scott Olsen was on his way to pick up his 3-year-old son on Monday near the San Francisco Federal Building when he says the homeless man began to harass him.
As he was on the escalator at the Muni station, Olsen noticed the homeless man doing drugs.
Olsen told the homeless man to move along, he said, knowing he’d be returning later to the station with his young son.
“I’m like ‘you can’t have that open needle out’ and he sensed fear in me. He lunged at me, attacked me with the needle, was screaming threats,” Olsen said.
The man became belligerent and tried to stab Olsen with the needle.
Olsen says the man continued to chase him saying, “I’m going to get you, I am going to stab you, I am going to wait for you.”
Olsen called police who took the man into custody.
The homeless man has since been released from custody.
“It was terrifying,” he said. “When someone is actively attacking you, has your number, going to chase you down, really knows you’re afraid [and] is really trying to stab you with a needle. I was terrified.”
He says he’s used to running into homeless people — but that this incident crossed the line.
“I legitimately feared for my life,” Olsen said.
Before his arrest, police shot the homeless man with bean bags, which didn’t appear to have an impact on the man, Olsen said.
Olsen says the incident is now under investigation.
As of Friday afternoon, the man is no longer jail.
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