SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attacker stabbed a California Highway Patrol officer multiple times on Tuesday in San Francisco and was caught at a bank a mile from the downtown site of Super Bowl festivities.
The officer was listed in stable condition and was expected to survive after being stabbed in the neck and arm, CHP Chief Ernie Sanchez and an agency spokesman told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://tinyurl.com/j8yyojd ).
The officer, who has not been identified, was attacked near an on-ramp to the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge then taken to a hospital.
Police spokesman Albie Esparza said the officer was responding to reports of a pedestrian wandering on a freeway.
The suspect, whose identity was not released, was arrested a few blocks away. A backpack that contained a butcher's knife and belonged to the person was recovered, police said.
Emily Seip was working in an office building when she heard sirens wailing for about half an hour then a commotion outside.
She looked out her window and saw police arresting a man.
"There was a fair amount of what looks like blood on his (clothing)," she told The Associated Press.
The attack occurred near Super Bowl City, a temporary tourist attraction that includes football-related activities near downtown San Francisco.