A man used a flashlight to distract another man, took his cellphone, and threatened him with a skateboard early Thursday morning in San Francisco’s gay Castro district.
The incident started at about 3 a.m. May 29 at 18th and Castro streets when the victim, 26, was walking and the suspect approached him, according to a summary by Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.
The suspect, described only as a white male in his 30s, “used a flashlight to distract and disorient” the victim while removing the victim’s cellphone and wallet from his front coat pocket, said Esparza.
After the man asked for his property back, the suspect tossed his wallet to the ground. When the victim tried to retrieve it, Esparza said, “He was met with the threat of physical violence via a skateboard.” The suspect then fled on foot east on 18th Street. The victim wasn’t injured.
Anyone with information related to the case 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 140 447 423.