SFPD Asking for Help in Identifying Suspect Responsible for Robbery, Injury of an Elderly Woman
Preying on the elderly takes a special type of cowardice. The San Francisco Police Department is reaching out to the public to help it track down one such cowardly predator.
According to Sgt. Danielle Newman, who is in charge of media relations for the San Francisco Police Department, Tenderloin Station, on Friday, August 8, at approximately 9:08 p.m., an 87-year-old woman was walking along the 500 block of Leavenworth Street between Geary and O’Farrell Streets when a man passed her on the sidewalk. The man then turned around and attempted to grab the woman’s purse from off her shoulder. In doing so, “he dragged the victim to the ground and was able to yank the purse away from the victim,” according to Newman. The contents of the purse included cash and credit cards.
To add injury to insult, as a result of the brutal theft, the elderly woman suffered multiple fractures and bruises. She is currently recovering at a care facility.
The SFPD sent out a press release with surveillance camera images of the suspect. He is described as a black male, 40 – 50 years of age, 5’10” – 6’00” tall, with a skinny face and wearing a knit cap and a dark, possibly leather, jacket.
If you have any information that could lead to the identification and apprehension of the suspect, please contact Sgt. Michael Zhang of the Tenderloin Station Investigations Team at 415-345-7300. You may also report the information anonymously at Text-A-Tip at (TIP411). Begin the message with “SFPD” in the subject line. You may also call the police department’s 24-hour anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444.