It has not been a good 48 hours for young men with gadgets.

Two men jumped a 26-year-old man late Monday night on 20th Street at Valencia Street, went through his pockets and then fled with the man’s cell phone, cash and debit card, according to police.

Later in the evening on 23rd Street near San Jose Avenue, another 26-year-old man was punched and slashed in the face with a knife by a robber who stole the man’s cell phone and wallet. No arrest was made.

Early Tuesday morning, on 17th Street near Harrison Street, three teenagers jumped a 28-year-old man, punching him in the face and knocking out teeth. The victim’s wounds were non-life-threatening. The three teens fled with a wallet and cash in a moving truck, but an arrest was made, police said.

The long weekend started with a mild incident on Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets, police reported. A knife-wielding middle-aged man stole a jacket from a store and another man attempted to block the thief from leaving the premises. The knife, however, made him step away to let the thief pass. No one was harmed.

Crime picked up by early Saturday morning when a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg on Valencia Street near Duboce. The victim said he saw the beginnings of a fight, heard gunshots and was hit. A good Samaritan saw him fleeing the shootout and took him to San Francisco General Hospital. The injured man was uncooperative in providing details about the shooting, police reported.

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Alexander Mullaney is a journalist and publisher in San Francisco. In 2008, he founded The Ingleside Light, a monthly neighborhood newspaper with a circulation of 10,000. In The Ingleside Light he reports on community affairs and publishes the work of both local and student journalists and photographers. He sits on the board of directors of the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse, the Ocean Avenue Association, and the San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association. In the summer of 2013, Mullaney organized and managed two community journalism courses for youth with City College of San Francisco and the non-profit Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse. The pilot program paid students stipends, offered both high school and college credit, and published their articles and photographs in The Ingleside Light. He intends to find funding to offer the program in 2014. Mullaney holds a bachelors degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University. He is studying multimedia and longform writing at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He plans to use his time at graduate school to expand his reportage to produce stories for the public good.

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