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FiDi/North Beach crime: Gunpoint robbery at Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf shooting, more

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By Nathan Falstreau - Published on April 08, 2019.

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. 

Man robbed at gunpoint

On April 4 at 9 p.m., on the 900 block of Post Street in Lower Nob Hill, a 23-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by two men in their early 30s. Police say the suspects threw the victim to the ground, with one of them brandishing a handgun as he stole the victim's cellphone, headphones and cash.

The suspects fled the scene and were not arrested. The victim, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, refused medical treatment. 

Man robbed at gunpoint at Pier 39

On April 2 at 7 a.m., a 42-year-old man was also robbed at gunpoint at Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf.

Two male suspects, both 30, walked past the victim. One of the suspects then pointed a gun at him and demanded that he hand over his wallet (containing cash), card holder and mobile phone. The victim complied, and the two suspects fled southbound on the Embarcadero. 

Officers spot April Fool's recycling bin fire

Officers were driving on the 1000 block of Powell Street (at Clay) in Chinatown just before midnight on April 1 when they noticed two recycling bins on fire. SFFD responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. No suspect information was available. 

Female robbers push woman, snatch purse

On March 31 at 8:25 p.m., two women robbed a 68-year-old woman near the intersection of Sutter and Kearny streets in the FiDi. 

One of the suspects, an 18-year-old, "fought over the victim's purse" and pushed her down, according to police. Once the victim was on the ground, she and the other suspect, a woman of unknown age, took the victim's purse, containing a cellphone and wallet. The woman was injured in the incident, and was transported to a hospital in non-life-threatening condition. 

Unknown suspect pushes woman, steals purse

A male suspect of unknown age assaulted and robbed a 35-year-old woman near Pacific Avenue and Wayne Place, on the Chinatown/Russian Hill border, on March 31 at 7:28 p.m. 

The suspect approached the victim and pushed her down to the ground. He then took her purse and fled the scene. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but refused medical treatment. 

Man robbed at knifepoint in early morning 

On March 31 at 3:40 a.m., on the 400 block of Geary Street (at Mason) in Lower Nob Hill, a man, 25, stole a 31-year-old's mobile phone and cash. The suspect then brandished a knife "and told the victim not to follow," according to police. The victim was uninjured, and the suspect was not arrested. 

Suspect absconds with woman's bag after a fight

On March 30 at 8:30 p.m., a 30-year-old male suspect robbed a 21-year-old woman In the FiDi, near Market and First streets.

According to reports, the suspect and the victim were "fighting over [her] backpack." The suspect ended up taking possession of the bag, which contained a laptop, speakers and cash. The victim was injured during the incident, and was transported to a hospital for treatment of her non-life-threatening injuries. 

Four suspects attack man before fleeing the scene

Also on March 30, at 5:15 p.m., four men in their early 20s assaulted a 22-year-old man on the 100 block of Jackson Street in the FiDi. 

While inside a business, the four suspects approached the victim's girlfriend and attempted to speak with her. The victim and his girlfriend then left the store, but the four suspects followed them.

Outside, the suspects hit the man in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. The group then began kicking him, before fleeing the scene on foot. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. 

Man shot at Fisherman's Wharf while chatting with friends

A shooting occurred on March 29 at 11:18 p.m., near the corner of Jefferson and Hyde streets in Fisherman's Wharf. 

According to police, the victim, a 25-year-old man, was standing outside talking to several of his friends, who were sitting in a parked car. An unknown suspect in a sedan then got into an argument with the victim. After shooting the victim, he fled the scene in his car. The victim was transported to a hospital in non-life-threatening condition. 

Unknown male suspect snatches woman's purse in Chinatown

At 10 p.m. on March 27, a man, 20-30, robbed a 27-year-old woman near the intersection of Stockton Street and Pacific Avenue in Chinatown. 

According to police, the suspect grabbed the victim by her purse and snatched her cellphone before fleeing. The victim was injured during the incident, but it's not clear if she was transported to a hospital for 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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