A 52-year-old man was kicked in the head and robbed Friday morning on South Van Ness Avenue near 23rd Street.

The man was walking on South Van Ness at about 7:09 a.m. when two suspects sneaked up on him from behind and attacked him, according to police reports. When the man fell to the ground, the suspects kicked him on the side of his head.

The suspects, described as in their 20s, stole the victim’s wallet, which had an undisclosed amount of cash in it, and fled the scene.

The victim, whose injuries were not life-threatening, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

As reported this weekend, a 19-year-old man was shot in the leg at 15th and Capp streets early Saturday morning.

Two men walked up to the victim at about 2 a.m. and asked what gang he claimed. Although the victim told them he didn’t belong to any gangs, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg.

Both suspects fled the scene on foot.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Early Sunday morning, a man described as in his 30s robbed a woman at gunpoint on Shotwell Street near 17th.

Police said the suspect walked up to the 27-year-old woman from behind and demanded her property. He then struck her, took some cash and her backpack, and fled on foot.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In an unrelated incident, a man was arrested at 4:58 p.m. on Sunday for aggravated assault on Shotwell Street near 15th.

The victim, a 51-year-old man, suffered swelling to the face and eye and had red marks around his neck after the suspect attacked him and tried to choke him, police said.

During the incident, the suspect threw a beer on the victim and punched him, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect jumped on top of the victim and started choking him, then punched him several times in the face, police said.

The suspect then stopped, got up, and walked away. He was arrested shortly after, according to police reports.

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Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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  1. You don’t seem to have much of an appreciation for logic but then again if your point is that you’d rather perpetuate the violence with the criminals I see.

    “There’s no room for neutral ground.” Rebel without a cause logic.

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  2. Poverty and Crime are sisters…

    It’s unfortunate but this will continue to happen as long as people remain underprivileged.

    If YOU are not part of the solution you’re part of the problem, there is no room for neutral ground.

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