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FiDi/North Beach crime: 70-year-old man hit with skateboard, recycling bin in lobby set ablaze, more

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By Teresa Hammerl - Published on April 06, 2020.

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.

70-year-old man hit with skateboard in phone robbery

On March 29 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 25-year-old man struck a 70-year-old man in the back of the head with a skateboard at Davis and Sacramento streets. The younger man and a second man of unknown age then took the victim's phone. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the form of a laceration to the back of his head. He was transported to a hospital. No arrest has been made.

Recycling bin in building lobby lit on fire

On March 25, a 40-year-old man set fire to a recycling bin in the lobby of a building on the 1800 block of Kearny Street (near Francisco) at approximately 10:48 p.m. The incident caused damage to the bin and a portion of the carpet in the lobby. No arrest has been made.

Phone grabbed from behind

Five days earlier, on March 20, a man of unknown age approached a 24-year-old woman from behind on the 100 block of Market Street (near Drumm) and grabbed her phone. A brief struggle ensued but the suspect was able to flee towards Fremont Street on foot with the phone. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries. No arrest was made. The incident occurred around 8:08 p.m.

Three women punch victim, steal bike

On March 17, three women approached a 26-year-old woman near the One Embarcadero Center at 5 p.m. The three women punched the victim and took her bike. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No arrest was made, police said.


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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