Criminals may be using items that citizens carry for self-defense as weapons.
According to police a Hispanic male was robbed of $40 in cash when a woman attacked him with pepper spray near 20th Street and S. Van Ness. It happened early Tuesday morning at 2:25 a.m. The victim was walking home at the time of the attack. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and had no life threatening injuries.
On Wednesday a Hispanic female called police and reported that two unidentified males used a taser against her twice while attempting to kidnap her. The woman reported that she was walking on a sidewalk near 17th Street and Alabama when the men pulled up to her in a van. One suspect proceeded to ask her for directions while another male got out of the car and attempted to force the victim inside. According to the police there is no active investigation underway because they are waiting for the victim to give a more thorough statement.
Despite the last two incidences, Police Information Officer Lynn Tomioka said that the use of pepper spray and tasers is quite unusual and has not been found to be a pattern in San Francisco.