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FiDi/North Beach crime: Trespassing woman tries to tase victims; driver assaults meter maid; 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.

Man attacked during argument

On May 19 at 8:40 p.m., a 22-year-old man was injured in an argument with two male suspects near the intersection of Market and Beale streets. 

According to police, the victim was arguing with the two men, one of whom was in his early 20s and the other of whom was in his mid- to late 20s. The younger of the two men then attacked the victim and then fled the scene. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. 

Trespasser attempts to tase victims, throws wine glass

On May 19 at 1:30 a.m., a man and a woman, both 27, were assaulted by another woman at a business on the 900 block of Mason Street. 

The two victims found the suspect, whose age was not given, trespassing on their property, and asked her to leave the premises. She then attempted to tase them several times, before throwing a wine glass at the man. The suspect then fled the scene. Neither victim was injured, and nothing was stolen. 

Man steals sweater, brandishes knife

A man estimated to be about 18 years old stole a sweater from a Chinatown business on May 18 at 11 a.m. 

The suspect entered the store on the 900 block of Grant Avenue, donning the sweater from a display. When he left the shop without paying for the garment, a 63-year-old man followed him and approached him. The suspect then brandished a knife and fled the scene. 

Man rear-ends parking enforcement officer after receiving a ticket

Also in Chinatown on May 18, on the 1100 block of Grant Avenue, a 32-year-old SFMTA parking enforcement officer was injured after giving a parking ticket to a man in his 40s around 6:25 p.m.

After the worker issued the ticket, the suspect — who was driving a sedan — rear-ended his vehicle. As the victim attempted to exchange contact information, the suspect "started revving his engine," according to police. The victim then pepper-sprayed the suspect, who fled the scene in an unknown direction. 

The worker was transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Suspect hits man with bat, steals his backpack

A 48-year-old man was attacked and robbed on the 300 block of Stockton Street, near Union Square, on May 16 at 10:35 a.m. 

Police say the victim was sitting in an alley tying his shoes when a man, 30-40, began yelling at him to "give me my shit." The suspect then pulled out a baseball bat, striking the victim on his left forearm and on his back. He then stole the victim's backpack, containing clothing, a Leatherman tool and a cell phone, before fleeing on foot. 

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

2 men steal woman's backpack

A robbery occurred on May 13 at noon on the 200 block of Geary Street in Union Square. 

Two male suspects, 18-25, approached a 46-year-old woman and grabbed her backpack. The pair then fled the scene on foot toward Powell Street. No injuries were reported. 

Hot prowler takes laptops, wallet and more

A man was burglarized in his home on May 11 at 8 a.m. near the intersection of Sutter and Leavenworth streets in Lower Nob Hill. 

The victim, 32, told police that an unknown suspect entered his apartment when he was sleeping and took his cell phone, laptops, fitness tracker and  wallet. No suspect information was available. 

Robber steals cash from victim's pocket

A 26-year-old man was robbed on the the 500 block of Broadway in North Beach on May 11 at 1:23 a.m.

The suspect, a 30-year-old man, approached the victim, then reached into his pocket and took his cash. The suspect then "threatened" the victim and fled westbound on foot, according to police. No injuries were reported in the incident. 


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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