A robbery turned violent on Tuesday morning when a 45-year-old man refused to hand over his belongings to two men on bicycles. The attack happened at 5:45 a.m. near South Van Ness and 19th streets, where the victim was walking to a nearby store before being approached by the two suspects.
One of the men is estimated to be between the ages of 30 and 40, while the other, slightly younger suspect is estimated to be between 20 and 30 years old.
The suspects rode up to the man on bicycles and demanded his wallet. The victim’s refusal was met by several punches that knocked him to the ground, where the suspects proceeded to kick him repeatedly. The suspects were able to grab the victim’s wallet from his pocket before fleeing on their bicycles, evading arrest.
The victim suffered several injuries, including a laceration to the forehead, a swollen lip, and pain to the abdomen — none of which were life-threatening. The man was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Also on Tuesday, a 26-year-old man was walking near 23rd and Capp streets when two suspects in their early 20s approached him from behind, asking that he hand over money. The victim gave the suspects his wallet, and the pair then pushed him to the ground and punched and kicked him. The man did not seek medical help, and the police have not made an arrest.
Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.
Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.