Strong-arm robbery of woman in San Francisco Chinatown captured on video

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

SAN FRANCISCO – Video of a strong-arm robbery in San Francisco‘s Chinatown was posted to YouTube this week. 

According to SFPD, the incident happened early Wednesday morning. Police said the female victim reported the incident at SFPD Central Station at around noon. She told police she was victimized at Grant Avenue and Jackson Street at around 6 a.m. by an unknown male suspect who approached her, took her belongings and forced her to the ground before fleeing. 

Police called for paramedics to check on the victim, who was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Video of the incident shows the robbery in graphic detail. The video’s time stamp shows 5:47 a.m., right around daybreak. The woman is walking along the sidewalk and the male figure can be seen rushing up to her from behind. No one else can be seen on the street. The suspect grabs her somewhere by her arms, wrists or hands and swings his victim around as she wails on the empty street. 

She is shoved to the ground and the unknown man falls on top of her. He makes off with what appears to be a purse, but he doesn’t take her yellow shopping bag. 

Police said no arrests have been made and that the investigation is ongoing. 

Warning: Some may find the video embed below disturbing due to the graphic depiction of violence. 

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.