San Francisco Chronicle
Mar. 4—A reporter interviewing residents about car break-ins on Twin Peaks in San Francisco was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight Wednesday, said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.
KPIX reporter Don Ford was filming an interview on the street at Twin Peaks Boulevard and Burnett Avenue at 12:37 p.m. when a white luxury sedan pulled up and three people got out, according to police and KPIX. One was armed with a gun and demanded his camera equipment, which they took before fleeing, San Francisco police said.
“Three guys jumped out, one had a gun, put it up to my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera,'” Ford said. “My whole thought at the moment was, ‘Let’s be calm. Let’s not get this guy excited. He’s got the gun. I don’t.’ So, you take the camera, it’s yours buddy.”
No one had been arrested in connection to this incident shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The reporter was not injured, Mandelman said.
The camera was recovered at some point on Wednesday, San Francisco Park Station police officials said on Twitter.
Mandelman said the neighborhood near Twin Peaks has been a target of burglars breaking into parked vehicles and stealing belongings while the motorists leave their vehicles unattended.
Wednesday’s robbery is “consistent with the concerns” of “increasingly brazen property crimes” that Mandelman said he has heard from constituents in that neighborhood — but this time, a suspect used a gun.
“Folks who are looking to break into cars are taking that opportunity to break into cars, and that has been a source of grievance for folks in that neighborhood,” Mandelman said. “We’ve been hearing about concerns about crime and safety increasingly through last year and into this year. Not just from that neighborhood, but pretty much everywhere in my district, and I think other neighborhoods in the city as well.”
In February, San Francisco police arrested two men on suspicion of robbing a local television news crew’s camera near the eastbound I-80 Bay Bridge Ramp.
“We need to adequately resource our public safety agencies, adopt better strategies to stop repeat offenders and make clear that San Francisco is not a place that you can commit crimes and put people’s lives at risk with impunity,” Mandelman said on social media.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Police Department at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”
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