Two women nearly fought off a robber at 16th and Shotwell, until a knife to the throat finally persuaded them to hand over their purses, according to police.

The victims, 31 and 29, were walking home shortly after 5 a.m. on Saturday when the suspect, 30, approached them and demanded their purses. When the first victim refused, he flashed what appeared to be a gun tucked into his pocket, according to the police report.

Unimpressed, the first victim told him she didn’t believe it was a gun.

That’s when the suspect resorted to trying to wrestle the purse from the woman, but she held on tight as they struggled. The struggle came to an end when the man put a knife to the first victim’s throat and both women relinquished their purses.

At 3:48 a.m. on Sunday, a man in his early 30s approached a 28-year-old man on the 2000 block of Mission Street and asked him to buy him some beer.

When the victim refused, the suspect left just long enough to locate a pair of brass knuckles, which he used to punch the victim in the face, according to the police report

After stealing the man’s wallet and cell phone, the suspect fled on foot.

A prolonged stare prompted a fight at 9:05 p.m. on Sunday at the corner of 24th and Folsom, when a 21-year-old man sitting on the sidewalk was attacked with an unidentified sharp object.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening lacerations to the throat, according to the police report.

Finally, at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, a group of four men in their late teens and early 20s surrounded a man on the 400 block of Noe Avenue.

The victim, 29, handed over a camera, photography equipment and his wallet to the suspects, who fled on foot, police said.

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