FiDi/North Beach crime: robber steals smokes at knifepoint, cellphone grabs, hot prowl, more

Central Station has been appointed a new captain.

The current station captain, Paul Yep, announced his departure from the position this week. He will be starting a new assignment December 15 in the Staff Services Division.

"Although I am excited and looking forward to my new assignment, I will miss all of you very much," Yep wrote in his monthly newsletter. "Thank you so much for your support, your commitment to public safety and most importantly your friendship over the past 21 months." 

Taking over the helm is Captain Robert Yick, who will be transferring from Taraval Station.

Now, here are some notable incidents that have taken place in SFPD's Central District since our last biweekly recap. The district encompasses Chinatown; the Financial District; the Embarcadero; Russian, Telegraph and Nob Hills; North Beach and Union Square. 

Unless otherwise noted, all reports are drawn from the department's daily crime recaps.


SFPD releases video footage of suspect in fatal hit-and-run

Screenshot of surveillance video released by the SFPD. | Image: SFPD

Police have released video surveillance footage of a suspect possibly connected to a fatal hit-and-run that occurred December 13 at 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Bush and Leavenworth streets in Lower Nob Hill. The victim, a 58-year-old woman who was crossing the street, died after being transported to the hospital for treatment. You can read our full coverage here.

Two cars totaled in early morning car fire

Police responded to reports of a fire at 3:19 a.m. December 6 on the 1500 block of Washington Street in Nob Hill. 

According to officers on the scene, two cars were destroyed in the blaze. Firefighters successfully extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Two suspects rob man in Lower Nob Hill

Just before midnight On December 5, two male suspects, 35 and 25, robbed a 41-year-old man while he was near the corner of Bush and Mason streets in Lower Nob Hill.

The suspects pushed the victim against a wall and took his phone and wallet before fleeing the scene. No injuries were were reported, and no arrests have been made.

Suspect swipes man's cellphone in the FiDi

At 3:15 p.m. December 5 near the intersection of Montgomery and Market streets in the FiDi, a male suspect, 20–30 robbed a 25-year-old man.

The suspect walked past the victim, snatched his phone out of his hands and fled the scene. No injuries were reported, and no arrest was made.

Knife-wielding suspect robs cigs from FiDi store

A man wielding a knife robbed a store on the 500 block of Market Street in the Financial District just before 3 p.m. December 4.

The suspect, a man in his 30s, walked into a business and brandished a knife. He then told a 48-year-old man to move out of his way, went behind the counter and stole several packs of cigarettes before fleeing the store. 

No injuries or arrests were reported.

Two suspects rob a man at gunpoint 

Two male suspects, 20-30, robbed a 49-year-old man at 11:12 p.m. December 3 on the 600 block of Jackson Street in Jackson Square.

The victim was walking on Jackson Street when the suspects pushed him and demanded his cash. One of the suspects took the victim's backpack as the other suspect held out a gun. The two suspects then fled the scene on foot and have not been apprehended. 

Thieves thwarted after setting off alarm 

A hot prowl burglary occurred on the 200 block of Columbus Avenue in North Beach December 3 at 2:30 a.m. 

A 56-year-old man was sleeping on the second floor of his business when two suspects in their mid-20s broke in. The victim heard glass break and the building alarm sound. When he went downstairs to investigate, he saw the two suspects enter the store and then flee in an unknown car. No losses were reported, and no arrests have been made.

Victim flees after being punched and robbed

Two suspects attacked and robbed a 24-year-old man near Washington and Battery streets in the FiDi at 1:20 a.m. December 3. 

The victim was approached by one of the suspects, a man in his 30s, who asked for money. The victim refused, and the suspect threw him to the ground. A second suspect, also a man in his 30s, then punched the victim in the face. The two suspects took the victim's cellphone and wallet containing cash, ID and bank cards, then the victim fled the scene on foot. 

The victim suffered a small cut and bruise to his left eye, but refused medical treatment.


Anyone who has information about any of these incidents is encouraged to contact SFPD via the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

Here’s why we usually don’t include suspect descriptions in crime reports.

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