Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Alleged Castro phone thief arrested after witnesses pepper spray him

Mark Patrick Barnes. Photo: SFPD.

Mark Patrick Barnes. Photo: SFPD.

A man who allegedly stole someone’s cellphone in San Francisco’s Castro district this morning (Thursday, July 16) was arrested after witnesses pepper sprayed him.

The incident occurred at 12:25 a.m. in the 400 block of Castro Street when Mark Patrick Barnes, 30, of San Francisco, allegedly pulled the victim’s phone “from his hand and tried to run away,” according to Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman.

The victim, 27, tried to take back the phone, but Barnes allegedly started punching him.

“Witnesses pepper sprayed [Barnes] and held him until police arrived,” Esparza said in a summary of the incident. He was taken into custody, and the phone was recovered.

Barnes was booked on suspicion of robbery and a probation violation, Esparza said.

The victim’s nose was injured, but he refused medical treatment.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 16, 2015 @ 10:58 am PST
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