The San Francisco Police Department is asking for help in identifying a suspect in what the agency describes as a “brutal” robbery and aggravated assault that occurred not long after Pink Saturday ended. A video of the assault is available online.
Police said in a news release that the incident occurred at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, June 30, about three hours after the Castro street party ended. A group of suspects robbed the victim, and one kicked her so violently in the face that she was knocked unconscious, police said. The release doesn’t say where the incident occurred.
The suspects were described only as a group of approximately five black men and a black woman. They appeared to have been in their late teens or early twenties.
Police said it’s believed the suspects committed multiple robberies and assaults after the end of this year’s Pink Saturday, which draws thousands of people to the Castro on the night before the main Pride festival every year. It’s also believed the same suspects may have committed other unreported robberies and assaults in the area of Market Street between Castro Street and Civic Center on Sunday around the same time. Security at Pink Saturday has been a concern for years, especially after the 2010 shooting death of Stephen Powell, 19.
The SFPD is requesting assistance identifying unreported robberies and assaults as well as additional help with the identification of suspects already in custody. Pride weekend included several violent incidents, including a shooting that injured two exhibitors, and several robberies and assaults.
People are encouraged to contact the SFPD Mission Station Investigation Team at (415) 558-5400 with any information. Calls may also be made anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.