Brace yourself for this one.
A 30-year-old woman was tased multiple times on Tuesday during an attempted mugging at Haight and Divisadero.
The woman tells us she was waiting for the #24 Muni bus outside Bus Stop Pizza (256 Divisadero) around 1:20pm, when a man attacked her.
"I was at the bus stop on the phone and he walked past me and we looked at each other. Next thing I know there is a taser on my face, on the side of my cheek. He tased me twice on the side of my face and then on my chest yelling give me your phone. The phone dropped and then he started grabbing my purse but I wouldn't let go. I was screaming and people came out from the neighboring restaurants, shops and he ran down the street. He jumped in a Lexus (I think) SUV and a woman got his license plate number."
She describes the assailant as an African American man in his twenties, about 5' 10" and 190 pounds.
A witness who was driving by at the time of the mugging told us he pulled over and called the police, who arrived quickly and took a report. The car's plates were from Los Angeles, and police told the victim that people have been known to rent cars for the day and just "mug people all day long," as she put it.
We checked with an officer at SFPD Park Station, who confirmed that they had responded to the tasering and taken a report, but had no other information to share about the incident.
It's gotten to the point where it's just plain unsafe to use your phone in public in our neighborhood, regardless of the time of day or location. With brazen attacks like this happening with increasing frequency, it's just not worth the risk.
As usual, stay safe out there, neighbors.