Two men threatened to sexually assault a woman inside her home on the 700 block of Shotwell Street early Tuesday morning, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
Around 1:15 a.m. two white males, ages 25 to 30, broke into the house through a window, according to department spokesperson Sgt. Wilfred Williams.
Shortly afterward, the 22-year-old resident returned home and walked into the break-in. One of the suspects put his hand over the victim’s mouth and told her they were going to sexually assault her.
She screamed for help and the two suspects fled, Williams said. The victim, whose identity is being withheld, was not physically injured. Police are currently investigating the incident.
This was the third reported “hot prowl” incident, in which a resident was at home during a burglary, in two days, according to police. The other incidents took place in the Castro and Tenderloin Districts.
Police patrolling the block said there are issues with homeless and drunk people who hang out on the corner of Shotwell and 21st Streets at the Jose Coronado Playground.
Neighbors on the same block said they did not hear a scream, but some of them said they are scared to go out at night because of vagrants and homeless people.
Alex, 22, who declined to give her last name, said that she has lived on the block for three months and feels relatively safe. However she has asked her landlord to install a chain-door lock, which he has not done yet, she said.
Blanca Castillo, whose daughter goes to nearby Cesar Chavez Elementary School, said she does not feel safe because it is a “bad neighborhood.” Castillo, who lives several blocks north on Mission Street, added that she can’t avoid the block because her daughter was assigned to Cesar Chavez.
Juan Hernandez, who has been living in the block for four years, said he is scared of going out with his two girls and wife.
“There are a lot of people that smoke (drugs) and drink in that corner (of 21st and Shotwell),” Hernandez said. He added that he has seen fights and men threatening to stab each other.
Roberto, who declined to give his last name, said he is from South San Francisco, but has frequented the corner for ten years. He suspects the people who broke into the house are drug addicts not alcoholics.
“The people who do drugs are the ones who steal, the alcoholics are the ones that beg for money,” he said.
Roberto and others near the playground said the last time they’ve seen any problems was two weeks ago, when two people were fighting and someone was stabbed.