Wednesday morning at a little after 2 a.m., a 29-year-old man riding his bike home was hit in the back of the head while stopped at a red light. The man was waiting for the light to change at the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 24th Street when he was struck with an unidentified object that caused him to fall off his bike. While on the ground, the victim was approached by three men who he described as being in their late teens.
The victim managed to get up and run with his bike down 24th Street, at which point the three suspects chased him. The victim fell on his own, allowing the three suspects to catch up with him. They began to punch and kick him. The suspects then took off in an unknown direction.
Once they had fled on foot, the victim realized he had been stabbed in the chest. He reported that nothing had been stolen from him. He was treated at San Francisco General Hospital. The injuries he sustained were deemed non-life-threatening. No arrests have been made.
About an hour before that, at 1:28 a.m., police were called to the Gas and Shop at 599 South Van Ness Avenue, where a man held a female employee, Maritza Guillem, at gunpoint.
The suspect fled the scene with $190 from the cash register. Jose Guillem, the victim’s brother who also works at the gas station, wasn’t present at the time of the incident, but said that he has already contacted the parent company to ask for more security.
“I told them we need a security guard from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. in the morning,” he said, adding that this was the first time an incident like this has occurred at the shop in three years. No arrests have been made.
At 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 1, three men physically assaulted a victim at the intersection of Church and Market streets in an unsuccessful robbery attempt. One suspect used brass knuckles to punch the victim in the face. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to San Francisco General. No other weapons were reported having been used according to police reports.
One suspect, a juvenile, has been arrested. The other two fled the scene and remain at large.