Carjacked, Bikejacked and One Man Stabbed



A 42-year-old victim was sitting in his black sedan on 16th Street near Potrero Avenue on Friday at 9:34 p.m. when a 20-something approached him with a handgun, according to police.

The suspect ordered the driver out of the car and asked him to walk away. He did. The suspect then drove off, heading south on Potrero, according to police.


On Saturday at 6 p.m. a 37-year-old man on a bike rode up to the intersection of 26th and Mission. He stopped long enough for a 28-year-old man at the intersection to punch him in the face and knock him off his bike. The suspect peddled away.

The victim suffered a bloody nose but refused treatment. It is unclear if the two knew one another.


Later on Saturday at 9:30 p.m., two suspects in their early 20s jumped a 27-year-old man walking south on Harrison near 25th Street. One suspect had a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm.

The suspects fled after taking the victim’s wallet and neck chain.

No arrests have been made.

Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.

Victims of violent crime can contact the Trauma Recover Center at UCSF.

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  1. Descriptions of the perpetrators Lydia?

    • Lydia Chavez Post author

      Chris: Other than age estimates and ethnicity, police rarely give description that would be helpful to readers. We leave out ethnicity because if we described someone as a white-20something or a black-20something or an Hispanic 20-something that would be less than helpful to readers and implicates a whole lot of 20-somethings. Moreover, these are suspects and descriptions from the victims so also unreliable. IF police give us a sketch or a photograph, we publish it. Best, Lydia

      • John

        Why would a description of the age range or race be “less than helpful” to readers?

        At least some readers here clearly want that information because they are asking you to give it. Are you suggesting that those readers do not know what would be helpful to them?

        Descriptions are helpful for two reasons. First, if detailed enough, they might lead to the identification of who the perp is, and an arrest.

        Second, if readers see a pattern of who is committing crimes where and when, then they can develop a sense of who to be wary of when out and about.

        If you want to know what would be helpful to readers, it is better to ask than to assume. Why not pose the question as a poll?

        • Lydia Chavez Post author

          Yes John, you are right, detailed descriptions would be helpful. Generalized descriptions are not. If I say someone suspected of being involved in a crime was white and 20 that includes a good segment of the Mission. It is not detailed enough to be helpful. Best, Lydia

          • John

            But surely if there is a succession of mugging on a particular block where the assailants are “two white males in their twenties” then that could lead to readers to be more wary of groups fitting that description in that location?

            I still maintain it is better to give what information you have, even if patchy, and let readers decide what is helpful to them, rather than deciding for them.

  2. Joe

    I agree with John.
    Lydia – You seem to think your readers cannot handle racial, ethnographic information responsibly. Presumably you are concerned about racism. While you may be right, it is irrelevant. Your role as a journalist is to report objective, relevant information and allow readers to form their own opinions. Perpetrator descriptions, regardless of their vagaries, are objective and relevant information for readers. To the extent that you have reason to believe perpetrator descriptions are not objective (eg due to police misreporting), you should publish your information on that.
    I am significantly less interested in reading your articles now that I know how you approach your role as a reporter.

    • Nic

      I agree. The articles in this section are not editorials. Publish the stated facts and let the readers asses the information. I do not want your filter on the community news. This conducted promotes bias.

  3. Buster

    I very much agree with John and Joe. You are withholding information that the police give you because YOU don’t think it’s important. What about the readers?

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