More scrutiny for SF sanctuary policy
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 08/21/2008 09:36:16 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO—A Mexican native who was twice shielded from deportation as part of San Francisco's sanctuary city policy has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly gutting a man with a box cutter last year.

Eric Antonio Cahun is the second man to face serious criminal charges after having been freed under San Francisco's sanctuary policy, which city officials thought prevented them from reporting juvenile offenders suspected of being in the country illegally to federal authorities

Court and police records show that Uc-Cahun, now 19, was a juvenile when he was arrested two times in 2006 on gang-related assault charges in San Francisco in 2006.

He served four months in juvenile hall for the latter offense and still was on probation in May 2007 when he was arrested for the slashing in San Mateo, where he remains jailed.

Earlier this year, San Francisco prosecutors charged 21-year-old Edwin Ramos with triple murder in the June road rage slayings of a man and his two sons. Outrage over the city's policy prompted Mayor Gavin Newsom to reverse it. More than 50 juvenile offenders since have been referred to federal immigration officials.

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