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FiDi/North Beach crime: FiDi bank robbed, violent robber steals lotto tickets and cigarettes, more

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.

Man punched and robbed while walking

On Jan. 22 at 2:50 p.m., a 61-year-old man was robbed near the intersection of Stockton and Sacramento streets in Chinatown. 

According to police, a man, 25-30, approached the victim from behind and tapped him on the shoulder. When the victim turned around, a second male suspect of unknown age punched him and took his phone. The pair then fled the scene on foot. No arrests have been made. 

Police respond to trash-can fire

Police responded to reports of a fire on Jan. 22 at 4:10 a.m., near Mason and Sutter streets in Union Square. When they arrived on scene, they found a garbage can ablaze. SFFD units arrived and extinguished the fire. No suspect information was available, and no major damage was reported. 

Suspect arrested for lighting garbage can on fire

On Jan. 21 at 2:50 a.m., police responded to another garbage can fire in Union Square, on the 100 block of O'Farrell Street. A 53-year-old man allegedly set the can on fire with a lighter. Officers located the suspect and took him into custody; the incident caused no serious damage. 

Victim hospitalized after being robbed by two men

A 59-year-old man was injured during a robbery on Jan. 20 at 11:41 p.m., on the 100 block of the Embarcadero. Two unknown male suspects attacked the victim and took his wallet, cash and identification. The victim was taken to an area hospital in non-life-threatening condition. 

Man arrested for stealing smokes and lotto tickets

On Jan. 16 at 6:20 p.m., a 54-year-old man was injured during a robbery at a business on the 100 block of Drumm Street in the FiDi. 

A 28-year-old man allegedly jumped over the counter of the business and took cigarettes and lottery tickets. The suspect then shoved the victim, who cut his forehead on the counter. Police arrived and arrested the suspect. The victim declined to be taken to the hospital. 

Man punched and robbed by armed suspects

Two male suspects, 25-30, robbed a 54-year-old man at gunpoint on Jan. 16 at 3:20 p.m. on the 600 block of Powell Street in Lower Nob Hill. 

According to police, the two suspects confronted the victim with a gun. One of them punched him in the face, then took the victim's bag, containing a laptop and smartphone. 

The victim suffered a cut to his lip, but was not transported to a hospital for treatment. No arrests have been made. 

Woman loses consciousness after being pushed and robbed

A 35-year-old woman was robbed near Pacific Avenue and Jones Street in Russian Hill on Jan. 15 at 10 p.m.

According to a witness, a man in his 30s pushed the victim to the ground, causing her to temporarily lose consciousness. He then took her purse, containing her wallet, bank cards, ID and keys, and fled the scene in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle. 

The victim, who also suffered a cut to her arm, was unable to recall some details of the incident when she came to. She was transported to a hospital for treatment in non-life-threatening condition. 

Unknown suspect lights door on fire

On Jan. 14 at 9:15 p.m., officers responded to another report of a fire on the 500 block of Market Street in the FiDi. According to the property owner, an unknown man started the blaze, causing damage to an exterior door. No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made. 

Armed man robs FiDi bank

A man in his 20s robbed a bank on the 200 block of Bush Street in the FiDi Jan. 14 at 3:20 p.m.

According to police, the suspect handed a note demanding cash to the teller, a 50-year-old woman, indicating that he had a gun. The teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the scene on foot; no arrests have been made. 

Firefighters extinguish dumpster fire

Finally, an officer spotted another garbage fire in a dumpster on the 500 block of Market Street in the Financial District, on Jan. 13 at 1:36 a.m. SFFD responders arrived and extinguished the blaze. No major damage was reported and no suspect information was available. 


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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