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Published on June 01, 2023
Suspect in Last Week's Chinatown Stabbing Had Known Severe Mental Illness; Stabbed Bakery Owner's Father

A surprising connection has been established between the recent stabbing at AA Bakery & Cafe in Chinatown and another 2016 stabbing. It was revealed that bakery owner Henry Chan's father was the victim of a stabbing committed by 61-year-old Fook Poy Lai back in 2016. After serving only seven years out of a nine-year sentence, Lai was released on parole just two weeks ago, and within 10 days, allegedly walked into AA Bakery to stab a female employee multiple times.

Lai has now been formally charged with attempted murder, while the 58-year-old victim is recovering in the hospital. Questions have been raised over the decision to parole Lai early, with his public defender stating that the criminal justice system denied him access to proper mental health and preventative care. As discussions on the consequences of poor mental health treatment continue, the Chinatown community is left shaken by the recent tragic events.Continue reading the full article on SFist →

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