Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on February 26, 2019
FiDi/North Beach crime: Man steals McDonald's food at knifepoint, women attacked in hotel room, morePhoto: vhines200/Flickr

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 robbed by pair of alleged sex workers

On Feb. 21 at 1:08 a.m., a 39-year-old man was robbed by two alleged sex workers on the 600 block of Broadway in North Beach.

According to police reports, the victim brought two women, both in their mid-20s, to a nearby hotel. Once inside, one of the suspects pushed the victim against a wall and demanded he hand over his cash. The pair took his money and fled in a light-colored sedan. 

Suspect steals McDonald's chicken sandwich at knifepoint

A 47-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman were robbed of food at knifepoint on Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. on the 600 block of Market Street in the FiDi. 

The suspect, a 31-year-old man, brandished a knife at the two victims and took the chicken sandwich and coffee they were carrying. The sandwich is specifically described in the police report as a "McChicken," indicating that the incident likely occurred at the McDonald's location on the block (609 Market St.)

Officers in the area responded and arrested the suspect. No injuries were reported in the incident. 

Woman robbed at knifepoint in broad daylight

In North Beach on Feb. 19, a 19-year-old woman was injured in a robbery near North Point and Taylor streets, which occurred just before 3 p.m.

Two male suspects, 15-18, approached the woman from behind. One of the suspects grabbed her while the other pulled out a knife and took her cell phone. The suspects then fled the scene. 

According to police, the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but it's not clear if she was transported to a hospital for treatment. No arrests have been made. 

Man arrested after allegedly setting small fire

Police were called to investigate a fire on the 1500 block of California Street in Nob Hill on Feb. 17 at 10:31 p.m. 

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, allegedly lit a piece of paper on fire, then lit a "container in a tree on fire," according to reports. Officers later located the suspect and took him into custody. 

Man hospitalized after being punched in an argument

At 4:40 a.m. on Feb. 15 at Drumm and Market streets in the Financial District, a 40-year-old man was injured in an argument with a 30-year-old man.

According to reports, the younger man punched the elder man, who then fell and hit his head. When police arrived, the victim complained of pain to his head and was transported for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. 

Victim robbed at knifepoint in early morning incident 

On Feb. 14 at 1 a.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint near the intersection of Polk and Clay streets in Nob Hill.

The suspect, a man aged 25-35, pushed the victim against a wall and brandished a knife. He then took the victim's backpack and laptop and fled. The victim suffered injuries to his head, but refused medical transport. 

Suspect gets out of car, robs woman and then flees

A 34-year-old woman was robbed on Feb. 12 at 9:14 p.m., near California and Front streets in the FiDi. 

A male suspect, aged 18-25, got out of his car and pushed the woman to the ground. He then took her mobile phone and fled the scene in his sedan. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made. 

Man arrested after attacking two women in his hotel room

A 34-year-old man was arrested for aggravated assault on the 600 block of Broadway in North Beach on Feb. 9 at 5 a.m.

Two women, both 24, went to the suspect's hotel room, where he began hitting them. The suspect then choked one of the victims and threatened to kill her. 

Police were called and arrested the suspect. One of the women suffered cuts, scrapes and a head injury, and was transported to a hospital for treatment. The second victim refused transport. 

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.