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FiDi/North Beach crime: Teens arrested for pepper spray-fueled phone snatching, more

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By Nathan Falstreau - Published on July 16, 2019.

Here are some notable incidents 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.

Officers respond to small fire

On July 13 at 6:57 a.m., officers spotted and put out a small fire on the 1600 block of Taylor Street in Russian Hill. According to a police report, the fire was started with "bundled up paper." No injuries, damage or suspect information was reported. 

Man suffers injuries after assault 

A 63-year-old man was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being assaulted by two unknown suspects on July 10 at 8:41 p.m. on Pier 43 in Fisherman's Wharf. 

The two suspects approached the victim and attacked him before fleeing the scene on foot. 

Elderly woman hit by car while crossing street

An 84-year-old woman was hit by a car near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Stockton Street on the border of North Beach and Chinatown July 10 at 12:06 p.m. 

The woman was crossing the street at the intersection when she was struck by the car. The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment in non-life-threatening condition.  

Man's home robbed while he showered

A hot prowl burglary occurred on the 700 block of Pine Street in Nob Hill on July 9 at 10:40 p.m. 

According to police reports, an unknown suspect entered a 29-year-old man's residence through an unlocked front door while he was in the shower. While the suspect was inside, they took the victim's laptop and wallet before fleeing the scene. 

Man robbed while taking pictures

A 28-year-old man was robbed at 2:15 p.m. on July 7 in Russian Hill, near the corner of Larkin and Francisco streets.

The victim was taking pictures when a male suspect in his 20s approached and grabbed his camera. The victim struggled to take control of the equipment, but the suspect was able to abscond with the camera and fled into a waiting car. 

Man stabbed in the hand during fight

A 45-year-old man was stabbed on July 7 at 12:14 a.m. on the 800 block of Montgomery Street in Jackson Square.

According to police, the victim was in a fight with two other male suspects in their 30s when one of the men stabbed the victim in the hand. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. 

2 suspects rob store at gunpoint

Two male suspects in their 20s, robbed a clothing store on the 200 block of Powell Street near Union Square on July 6 at 11:18 a.m.

The suspects walked into the business and filled bags full of clothing. A store employee confronted them and one suspect brandished a gun whole the other drew a pocket knife. The pair then fled the scene northbound on Powell Street. 

Man hit with pipe and robbed

A 56-year-old man was attacked with a pipe and robbed on the corner of Geary and Stockton streets near Union Square on July 2 at 3 a.m. 

A male suspect, 35, approached the victim from behind and hit him with a pipe. He then took cash from the victim's pockets and fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

3 teens arrested for robbery

Finally, a teen boy, 17, and two teen girls, 15, were arrested for robbery on the 200 block of Sansome Street in the FiDi on July 2 at 10:42 p.m. 

The three suspects approached a 24-year-old woman and pepper sprayed her. The teens then snatched the victim's cellphone and fled the scene on foot. Officers in the area located the suspects and placed them in custody. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene. 


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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