San Francisco, CA – District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced today that Dennis James Duree (39) has been charged in connection to a double stabbing in the Mission District. Mr. Duree was charged on January 16, 2024, and initially scheduled for arraignment on January 16, 2024. He has been charged with one count of murder (PC 187(a)), one count of attempted murder (PC 664/187(a)) and one count of assault with a deadly weapon (PC 245(a)(1)). The criminal complaint also alleges that Mr. Duree personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon in the commission of these crimes (PC 12022.1(b)).
“Violence of this kind in our neighborhoods is tragic,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “I am thankful to the San Francisco Police Department for their immediate investigation into this case and making an arrest. I offer my condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones and reassert my commitment to pursuing justice to ensure that the suspect is held accountable for this senseless crime.”
According to San Francisco Police, On December 28, 2023, at approximately 5:37 a.m., San Francisco Police officers responded to the area of Mission and Washburn Streets on a report of a stabbing. Officers located two victims, a 45-year-old male and a 38-year-old female, suffering from apparent stab wounds. Officers rendered aid to both victims and summoned paramedics to the scene. The medics transported both victims to the hospital for life-threatening injuries. Despite the lifesaving efforts of officers, emergency responders, and hospital staff, the male victim was declared deceased at the hospital.
Mr. Duree has not been arraigned yet because he has refused to come to court. His arraignment has been continued eight times. His next court date, for arraignment, is scheduled for February 8, 2024. He has been in custody since he was arrested by San Francisco Police on January 11, 2024. The District Attorney’s Office moved to detain him pending trial because of the public safety risk he poses. The court granted the motion to detain without prejudice and set no bail for Mr. Duree. The court will hear further arguments on the motion to detain at a future hearing. in this case. If convicted of all charges he faces 40 years to life in state prison.
Although charges have been filed, this remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
Court Number: 24000559