Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Boy, 15, arrested in Castro robbery


Photo: Rick Gerharter

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly stole a woman’s cellphone and headphones as he attacked her in San Francisco’s Castro district late Monday night.

According to police, the woman was texting on her phone at 10 p.m. March 21 in the 400 block of Castro Street when the boy grabbed the phone.

“A struggle for the phone occurred,” and the boy “overpowered” the 34-year-old victim, Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said in a summary.

The boy fled but “was detained by people in the area and subsequently arrested by police,” Esparza said. Police don’t release names of juvenile suspects.

The woman wasn’t injured.

A different incident this week involved a man who’d been masturbating at a bus stop getting hit with a crow bar.

Esparza said the Sunday, March 20 assault started at 11:55 a.m. as the victim was at a bus stop at Market and Church streets “masturbating in public.”

Another man, who “became angry watching” the masturbator approached him, and “a verbal altercation ensued leading to a physical altercation.”

The suspect struck the victim “over the head with a metal crow bar,” causing the victim to lose consciousness, Esparza said.

The victim was taken to a hospital with a non-life threatening head injury.

The suspect was described only as a white 35-year-old man.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 23, 2016 @ 3:19 pm PST
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