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FiDi/North Beach crime: Chinatown robbery suspect arrested, items on city truck set on fire, more

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By Teresa Hammerl - Published on April 20, 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.

Attempted package theft

On April 11 at approximately 5:47 a.m., a 30-year-old man forced entry into the lobby of a college dorm on the 1000 block of Bush Street (between Jones and Leavenworth). He attempted to steal packages but was caught by security and arrested. 

Woman robbed of purse in broad daylight

On April 10, a 65-year-old woman was approached by a woman aged between 16 and 20 in the intersection of Francisco and Mason streets. A struggle ensued, and the younger woman got away with the victim's purse, which contained $100, a credit card, a driver license and a medical insurance card. The robbery occurred at 1:20 p.m. No arrest has been made.

SF Public Works truck set on fire

On April 9, a 30-year-old man set fire to items on the back of an SF Public Works truck at Jones and Sutter streets. While some of the supplies stored on the truck were damaged, the truck itself remained undamaged. The incident occurred at 2:15 p.m. No arrest was made.

Headphones, phone taken in robbery near Stockton Street Tunnel

On April 8 at 4:30 p.m., a 28-year-old woman was walking northbound at the Stockton Street Tunnel at Stockton and Sutter streets when three women aged between 16 and 20 approached her from behind. The women then assaulted her, before taking her headphones and a phone. They then fled southbound on Stockton Street. No arrest was made. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries from the encounter.

Trash can set on fire, wall damaged

An unknown suspect set fire to a trash can on the 1400 block of Grant Street (between Green and Union) on April 8 at 2:35 a.m. The fire damaged the side of a wall. The suspect fled the scene. No arrest was made, nobody was injured.

SFPD arrests third suspect in Chinatown robbery

The last suspect involved in a robbery that took place on July 15 last year at approximately 1:09 p.m. at Stockton Street and Pacific Avenue was arrested on April 1. 22-year-old Christopher Jefferson of Sacramento was taken into custody with the assistance of the Stockton Police Department in Stockton, CA.

Jefferson was later booked at San Francisco County Jail on charges of robbery, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, aggravated battery causing serious bodily injury and elder abuse. He remains in custody. His next court date is currently set for May 13.

During the robbery in 2019, three suspects approached a 56-year-old San Francisco resident, lifted him up off of his feet and threw him to the ground. The second victim, a 69-year-old San Francisco resident, attempted to intervene and was knocked unconscious. During the attack, the suspects stole a watch from the wrist of the first victim. Both victims were transported to the hospital for head injuries.

As for the other two suspects — 19-year-old Dashawn Pierson was arrested in October 2019 and 20-year-old Akeem Smith was arrested in January of this year.


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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