Five Violent Robberies, Two Arrests in SF Mission Over Veteran’s Day Weekend

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Five violent robberies

A 17-year-old man was violently robbed by three other juveniles at Dolores Park after midnight on Thursday, November 10. The victim was wearing a backpack and reportedly hanging out in the park when he was approached by the three youth. One of them punched the 17-year-old in the jaw several times, while the other two took his backpack.

The 17-year-old was transported to the hospital in stable condition, while his attackers fled the scene. Police have not reported any arrests in the attack.

Hours later, at 2:10 a.m. on Thursday, a 21-year-old man was arrested after attempting to rob a 44-year-old man near the corner of Dolores and 20th streets. The attacker approached the 44-year-old and began a verbal argument with him, which quickly turned physical when the younger man demanded his victim’s wallet and proceeded to tackle him. A third person intervened, police report, and officers responding to the incident found the men mid-struggle and managed to arrest the suspect. The victim declined medical attention for the injuries he sustained.

At 9:24 p.m. on Saturday, Dolores Street again became the scene of a robbery after a 37-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint near 18th Street. The woman was reportedly taking pictures in Dolores Park when a group of six people – one woman and five men, all estimated to be between the ages of 20 and 25 – approached her. One of the men pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded that she hand over her camera. After the victim complied, the group fled on foot, evading arrest.

On Sunday, a 33-year-old man confronted another man in a grocery store near 14th and Folsom streets for stealing a bottle of alcohol and chased down the knife-wielding thief until police were able to arrest him. The 37-year-old suspect reportedly entered the store some time around 7 p.m. and headed to the alcohol department, where he stole a bottle off the shelf. The 33-year-old man witnessed the theft and confronted the suspect as he attempted to exit the store. The suspect then brandished a knife and fled, but the 33-year-old continued to follow him until police arrived and took the thief into custody.

Also on Sunday, at 10:30 p.m., a 30-year-old man violently attacked another man, also 30-years-old, knocking him unconscious with a bottle near 18th and Mission streets. The two men had gotten into a verbal altercation that escalated when the suspect struck the victim with a bottle and then continued to beat him with his fists. The victim was transported to the hospital in reportedly stable condition, and no arrest was made.

A burglary and a suspected explosive device 

On November 10, a construction worker reported live ammunition in a home home near 20th and Church streets, where a live grenade was found and disposed of by the San Francisco Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unite earlier this month. The worker reported the ammunition at 4:30 p.m., but further inspection by officer on scene determined that the device in question safe and not an explosive.

At 10 a.m. on November 10,  a 44-year-old woman woke up in her Church and 21 street residence to find that several of her valuables, including a jewelry box, her checkbook, a camera and several lenses, a brief case and some cash, were missing. The woman then noticed that a window of her residence was left open. The woman was unable to provide further information on the burglar, and no arrest has 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 also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.

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