A 68-year-old man was attacked and robbed in San Francisco’s gay Castro neighborhood early Thursday morning (April 3), police reported.
The incident occurred at 2 a.m. at 18th and Castro streets. The suspect, described only as a black male age 30 to 35, approached the victim from behind, punched him in the face, and stole his wallet, according to Officer Gordon Shyy, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman.
The victim suffered swollen, lacerated lips. No arrests have been made.
Another recent case involving an attack on an elderly man in the Castro has been resolved.
Ryan J. Day, 20, pleaded no contest Tuesday, April 1 to attacking a 71-year-old man with a bottle near 18th and Noe streets last month.
In that incident, according to prosecutors, Day was blocking the sidewalk and insisted that the victim walk around him. When the older man asked Day to move, Day hit him on the head with a bag that had a bottle in it. The victim suffered a head injury and required medical treatment.
In court Tuesday, Day entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury, according to court records. In exchange, the original charges – felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting injury on an elder or dependent adult likely to cause great bodily injury – were dismissed.
Day was sentenced to three years of probation, which includes participating in alcohol, substance and mental health counseling, and staying 150 yards away from the victim, among other conditions.
Anyone with information related to Thursday’s attack may call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 140 276 078