Tenderloin Crime & Safety: Mysterious Blast Rouses Neighbors, 10 Men Attack 1 Victim, More

While we don't report on every incident, we do our best to keep you informed of major crimes and safety concerns in the neighborhood. Here's a selection of crimes reported in and around the Tenderloin over the past two weeks—since our last recap. All details are pulled from the SFPD's daily crime recaps, unless otherwise noted.

Armed ATM Robbery

Around 11:30pm February 8th, a 27 year-old-man was walking on the 300 block of Golden Gate Avenue when a man, age 40-60, approached him with a knife and demanded money from a nearby ATM. The victim complied and was not injured. The suspect fled on foot and has not been identified.

Mysterious Boom Startles Sleeping Neighbors

Were you jolted awake by a loud boom around 4:15am February 8th? If so, you weren't the only one. Tipster Dylan H. wrote in to say that the noise was “MUCH louder than any gunshots / or fireworks,” and sparked discussions on reddit and Nextdoor.

According to the SFPD, the noise was in fact a firework. The department received a call from a resident of the 700 block of Leavenworth who awoke to the noise but did not see what occurred. Officers responded to the scene and determined a firework had been detonated.

Robbery Suspect Arrested

At 9:15am February 6th, a 20-year-old woman was walking near the intersection of Ellis and Polk when a 56-year-old man came up behind her on a bicycle, hit her and stole her money. The woman called the cops, and followed the suspect until officers arrived and arrested him.

Fight Leads To Stabbing

A 30-year-old man was stabbed in the torso by one of two male suspects at 2:20am February 5th, after a fight near the intersection of O’Farrell and Leavenworth. The victim suffered minor injuries. Both suspects remain at large.

10 Men Assault 19-Year-Old

Ten men said to be in their early 30s attacked a 19-year-old man walking home around 10:40pm February 4th near the corner of 7th and Market. A passerby found the victim on the ground and put him in a cab to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects have not been identified.

Market Street Assault

Just before 10:30pm February 5th, a 54-year-old man was standing outside a business on the 1000 block of Market Street when a male suspect punched him, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect has not been detained.

Stabbing On Eddy

At 10:30am February 2nd, a 25-year-old man exited his vehicle on Eddy at Taylor and got into an argument with a 22-year-old man. The argument turned physical when the younger man pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm. The victim drove himself to the hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect has not been identified.

Gun-Point Robberies

A 54-year-old man exited a store with cash in hand around 3:20am February 1st. Two men followed him to near the intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets, where one of the suspects pulled a gun while the other stole the man’s money. Both fled on foot and have not been identified. 

Around 9am on January 31st, a 21-year-old man was walking near the intersection of Market and Turk Streets when a male suspect approached and put his arm around him. Two other men grabbed the victim and pushed him against a nearby wall. The first suspect pulled a gun and the victim relinquished his cell phones, wallet and money. The victim wasn’t injured and none of the suspects have been arrested. 


A 25-year-old man was injured in a shooting just before 4am January 29th. Police responded to a call of shots fired on the 200 block of Leavenworth Street and found the victim suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Two male suspects allegedly took the victim’s jewelry and fled in an unknown direction.

Muni Stop Snatch-And-Grab

At 12:45am January 28th, a 26-year-old woman was boarding a bus near the intersection of Market and Jones when a male suspect ran up, snatched her purse off her shoulder and fled in an unknown direction. No arrest was made.

Anyone interested in learning more about neighborhood crime, safety and police priorities in the Tenderloin are encouraged to attend CaptainTeresa Ewins' community meetings at 6pm on the last Tuesday of every month at the Tenderloin Station.

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