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California: DA upgrades attack on trans woman to a hate crime

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The District Attorney's Office has upgraded charges to a hate crime against a man accused of stabbing a transgender woman twice in the chest.

A transgender couple was out on a date late Saturday afternoon when they became the target of a man they said screamed anti-gay, anti-trans slurs at them. The man pulled out a knife and stabbed Samantha Hulsey, a 24-year-old transgender woman. Her partner, Rae Raucci, 52, was unhurt. Hulsey was hospitalized, where she was treated and later released.

The incident began on the 49 Muni bus in San Francisco, when the harassment began. The frightened couple got off the bus near Van Ness and Golden Gate avenues, but the man followed them.

Brodus Wayne Joynes, 54, was arrested in connection with the attack.

On Tuesday, Joynes was formally charged by the DA with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious bodily injury, two counts of criminal threats and one count of false imprisonment with hate crime enhancement allegations, according to media reports. Joynes is due to return to court today for arraignment.