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FiDi/North Beach crime: 4 teens assault Chinatown man; man stabbed in the lung with scissors; more

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By Nathan Falstreau - Published on September 13, 2019.

Here are some notable crime 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.

4 teens assault man in Chinatown

On Sept. 10 at 3:25 p.m., four male teens, 15-18, pepper-sprayed a 58-year-old man on the 1000 block of Grant Avenue (between Jackson and Pacific) in Chinatown.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made in connection to the incident. 

Woman catches phone thief, gets pepper-sprayed

A 20-year-old woman was robbed on the 200 block of Powell Street (at O'Farrell), near Union Square, on Sept. 9 at 6:15 p.m.

Police say a female suspect, 17-22, took the victim's cellphone and ran. The victim gave chase and put the suspect in a headlock; the suspect then pepper-sprayed the victim, regaining control of the phone. The suspect fled the scene with two other suspects: a man and woman, both 17-22. No injuries were reported.  

Suspect arrested in phone robbery/attack

On Sept. 3 at 3:40 p.m., an 18-year-old man robbed a 39-year-old man of his cellphone near Clay and Davis streets in the FiDi. 

The suspect allegedly punched the victim and took his phone before fleeing the scene on foot. Officers in the area were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

3 suspects attack, rob man 

On Aug. 30 at 11 p.m., a 35-year-old man was injured in a robbery near the corner of Stockton and California streets in Nob Hill.

According to reports, the suspects — a man in his 40s, an unknown man and an unknown woman — approached the victim and "swung a bag and hit" him, knocking him to the ground.

The suspects then rummaged through the prone victim's pockets, stealing his backpack, medication and a wallet containing cash and ID. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Man stabbed with scissors in the lung

A 62-year-old man was arrested for stabbing a 40-year-old man with a pair of scissors on Aug. 30 at 4:51 p.m. in Union Square. 

The pair were arguing when the suspect stabbed the victim in his "left lower lung," according to police. The victim then retaliated and "beat up" the suspect. Officers in the area took the suspect into custody, and the victim was transported to a hospital in non-life-threatening condition. 

Suspect snags woman's phone from her pocket

On Aug. 29 at 4:50 p.m. near the intersection of Bay Street and The Embarcadero in North Beach, a male suspect, 50-60, robbed a 22-year-old woman of her phone.

The suspect allegedly "reached into the victim's pocket" and took her phone before fleeing the scene on foot. No injuries or arrests were reported in connection with the incident. 

Woman stabbed during argument

Finally, a 60-year-old woman was stabbed on Aug. 26 at 2 a.m., near the intersection of Washington Street and The Embarcadero in the FiDi. 

The victim got into an argument with the suspect, who subsequently stabbed her with an unknown weapon. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of her non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest was made.


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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