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Suspect Arrested in Vicious Knife Attack on SF Store Owner


A suspect has been arrested for stabbing a beloved 72-year-old store owner in San Francisco, who will lose an eye after the attack.

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PIERRE JR: Petros Yohannes, 72, named Peter, owns Franklin Market in San Francisco. And while he’s used to smiling, here’s what his recovery looked like after a violent attack last week.

EDOUARD LUBIN: When I heard this news I broke down and started to cry because he is such a good, genuine, kind and decent man, and the whole community knows him.

PIERRE JR: And although there have been tears, Peter’s daughter Katerina says they try to stay optimistic despite her father having no health insurance and her mother just being diagnosed with breast cancer. Early last Wednesday, someone tried unsuccessfully to break into their store. Hours later, a man who wanted to use the bathroom ran in, pushed Peter, who then tried to get him out of the store, but was violently attacked.

KATERINA YOHANNES: My father isn’t quite aware of when the gun was fired, but the only thing he remembers was feeling a very sharp, sharp pain in his left eye. He received a lot of blows to the head and he constantly complains about the severe headaches.

PIERRE JR: Katerina confirms that her father has been stabbed three times, including one in the left eye, and that he will lose his eye because of it. Peter says it’s the assailant caught by a surveillance camera leaving. Police and DA are not commenting, but insiders say there are leads in the case. Katerina says San Francisco has changed and it’s heartbreaking to watch.

KATERINA YOHANNES: We hope they find the abuser and put him behind bars as soon as possible because we don’t wish that on anyone else.

PIERRE JR: JR Stone, ABC 7 News.



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