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Tenderloin crime: man stabbed with hypodermic needle, woman punched and robbed of medication, more

SFPD's Tenderloin Station has had a busy 2019 so far, with two homicides reported in the district in the first two weeks of the new year. Here's our roundup of other notable crimes in the area in the first half of January 2019. All details come directly from SFPD reports, unless otherwise noted. 

Teen steals woman’s wallet

Around 8:03 p.m. on January 13th, a male suspect said to be 15 years old approached a 60-year-old woman near the intersection of 5th and Market streets and grabbed her wallet, which was attached to her wrist. A struggle ensued, but the suspect was able to get away with the victim’s wallet and phone. No arrest has been made. 

Man robbed in three-on-one assault

Three men said to be in their late twenties or early thirties attacked and robbed a 31-year-old man on the 100 block of Leavenworth Street (near Golden Gate Avenue) around 1:15 a.m. on January 13th. The suspects, who remain at large, took the victim’s phone and earphones and assaulted him, leaving him with a swollen bottom lip. 

Man robbed at gunpoint

Just after midnight on January 13th, a man said to be 35 years old brandished a gun at a 35-year-old man near the intersection of O’Farrell and Leavenworth streets, demanding the victim’s property. The victim handed over his wallet, and the suspect fled in a gray four-door sedan.

Man hospitalized after being stuck with hypodermic needle

A 43-year-old man told police that he was stuck with a hypodermic needle by a man of unknown age around 1 p.m. on January 10th, near the intersection of 8th and Market streets. 

After feeling something warm on his buttocks, the victim told SFPD he saw a hypodermic needle sticking though his pants into his flesh. He said the man who stabbed him with the needle fled before the victim was able to note any other characteristics. The victim was hospitalized for a puncture to his buttocks, and the suspect remains at large. 

Man knocked out, robbed in three-on-one attack

Around 7:00 p.m. on January 9th, a 36-year-old was attacked and robbed by three other men near the intersection of Market and Hyde streets. The victim, who was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries, says he was knocked out in the attack. When he came to, the suspects were gone, and he realized his wallet and jacket were missing. The suspects have not been identified.

Robber punches woman, steals her medication

A 42-year-old woman was attacked and robbed of her medication as she walked out of a store near the intersection of Hyde and Turk streets around 12:30 p.m. on January 9th. A man said to be in his thirties punched the woman in the side, stole the medication from her hands, and fled. 

Man hospitalized after knife attack

Around 2:40 a.m. on January 9th, a 50-year-old man was approached by a man said to be 36 years old near the intersection of O’Farrell and Jones streets. The suspect brandished a knife, which the victim attempted to block with his hands, sustaining cuts in the process. The suspect fled on foot, and the victim was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

Robber punches man in the face, steals wallet

A man, said to be 47 years old, punched a 69-year-old man in the face and stole his wallet near the intersection of Market and 8th streets around 8:00 a.m. on January 3rd. No arrest has been made. 

Man robbed of backpack while riding scooter

Around 7:15 a.m. on January 2nd, a 32-year-old man was riding a scooter near the intersection of Cyril Magnin and Market streets when a male suspect ripped his backpack from his back. The victim, whose charger and ID card were stolen along with the backpack, says that a second suspect was also involved in the attack.

Suspect arrested after robbery at gunpoint

Around 5:22 p.m. on January 1st, a 38-year-old man wielding a gun got out of a car on the unit block of Golden Gate Avenue (near Market). He then approached a 27-year-old man and demanded that he hand over his property. The victim surrendered his phone, tablet, wallet, ID card, and bank cards, and the suspect fled in his vehicle. SFPD was later able to locate the suspect and arrest him. 

Anyone with information about any of the crimes above is asked to contact the Tenderloin Station by emailing SFPDtenderloinstation@sfgov.org, texting TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message or calling the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

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