Longtime SF market owner, 72, loses eye in brutal stabbing

Petros Yohannes, an immigrant from Eritrea, was stabbed multiple times in an attack June 2, suffering wounds to his chest and arms and losing one eye.Courtesy of Katerina Yohannes

A 72-year-old San Francisco market owner was brutally stabbed multiple times in an attack June 2, suffering wounds to his chest and arms and losing one eye, according to police.

Petros Yohannes, an immigrant from Eritrea, has owned the Franklin Market on Franklin Street near Bush for 25 years, and his daughter wrote on a GoFundMe page that her father and mother work 16 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week. 

“The sweetest and most hardworking man I know, was left to rely on our family for assistance with almost everything,” Katerina Yohannes wrote on the GoFundMe page. “His assailant had stripped him of his independence and pride.”

The San Francisco Police Department responded to the incident just after 10 a.m. last Wednesday and found Petros Yohannes with wounds to his face and upper body, police said. He told officers that he got into an altercation with an individual who then stabbed him before fleeing his store. 

Yohannes was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General for life-threatening injuries and has since been discharged, police said. 

Officers located a suspected using surveillance video and took him into custody June 7 and arrested him.

The situation began early June 2, when Yohannes received a call about an SUV driving into the store in an attempted break-in, according to the GoFundMe page. When he went to the store to make arrangements for repairs, he was reportedly confronted by an aggressive individual. 

“The individual refused to leave the store and began fighting with my dad,” Katerina Yohannes wrote. “During the fight, the individual stabbed my dad multiple times and fled.”

A regular, long-time customer who is a doctor found Petros Yohannes, who was losing blood quickly. The customer jumped into action and called 911. 

“This terrifying incident caused my dad to lose his left eye and he only regained partial vision within his right eye in addition to the wounds on his chest and arms,”  Katerina Yohannes wrote.

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