FiDi & North Beach Crime: Prowler Nabs Pants, Knife- and Gunpoint Robberies

Photo: Geri Koeppel/Hoodline 
By Nathan Falstreau - Published on March 25, 2017.

We're nearing the end of the month, which means it's time for another look at crime in District 3. Here's an overview of some of the incidents reported since our last roundup. 

This week's Central Station Newsletter continues to be on hiatus, so on to our bi-weekly crime roundup, culled from daily SFPD recaps

Purse snatcher flees

On March 19th at 6:53pm, near the corner of the Embarcadero and Market Street, a woman, 33, was walking when she felt someone lift the purse off her shoulder from behind. She tried to stop the unknown suspect but was pushed to the ground and injured. The suspect then fled with the goods in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Argument leads to assault

On March 20th near Pacific Avenue and Grant Avenue, just before 1am, two men were arguing. The suspect in his mid-to-late 30s punched the victim, 46, injuring him. The suspect then kicked him and fled the scene northbound on Grant. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Prowler purloins elderly woman's laptop

A hot prowl burglary occurred in North Beach on the 300 block of Chestnut Street on March 17th, sometime between 10pm and 9am. A woman, 83, woke to find that her watch and laptop were missing from her home. 

Woman robbed of suitcase in hot prowl

Another hot prowl occurred on March 17th in Union Square, on the 100 block of O'Farrell Street, between 2:20pm and 2:45pm. A woman, 75 was alone in her room with the front door unlocked. When she came out of the bedroom, she found that her suitcase was gone. 

Man robbed at knifepoint 

A 48-year-old male victim met two female suspects, one in her early 20s, and the other in her late teens, on the 900 block of Mason Street in Nob Hill on March 17th at 1:30am. The victim willingly got into their car and the suspects said that they needed money. They stopped at an ATM, where the victim took out money and gave it to them. They then drove to Washington and Jones streets, where one of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded the victim's wallet. He handed it over and left the car, after which point the suspects fled southbound on Powell Street. 

Hot prowl burglar nabs pants, cell phone

In Union Square on the 100 block of O'Farrell Street on March 14th at 9pm, a 66-year-old man fell asleep in his room. He woke up 10 minutes later to discover that his cell phone and pants were missing. 

Man robbed at gunpoint 

A man, 30, was walking near Polk and Bay streets in Russian Hill at 11pm on March 15th when an unknown vehicle approached him. The suspect, a man in his 30s, got out of the car, pointed a handgun at the victim, and demanded his property. The victim handed over his backpack, which contained a cellphone, laptop and wallet, and the suspect absconded with the loot in his vehicle. 

Man punched in face, robbed at gunpoint 

At just about the exact same time (11pm on March 15th), a similar crime was unfolding. Near Kearny and Vallejo streets in North Beach, a man, 28, was walking when two male suspects in their 30s approached him in an unknown vehicle. One of the suspects got out of the car and pointed a gun at the victim demanding his property. He then punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect then grabbed the victim's bag and fled the scene in the vehicle, along with the other suspect. The victim suffered a minor cut on his forehead, but was not transported to a hospital. He was robbed of his passport, US and foreign cash, debit cards and a camera.

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