A Van Ness Avenue gas station attendant was reportedly attacked Friday by a transient who has apparently refused to bug off despite a court order to stay away from the area.
Just before 10 a.m., police said, 31-year-old Zachary Moreno was allegedly panhandling — like usual, according to the 29-year-old station attendant — at the Chevron near Van Ness Avenue and Pine Street.
After the employee asked him to leave, Moreno allegedly returned to threaten and harass people at the station.
“Once again the attendant asked him to leave, and that’s when the suspect struck the victim with a piece of wood and then a struggle ensued,” Officer Albie Esparza said Monday.
Customers came to the attendant’s aid and helped hold down Moreno until cops arrived.
On Monday, the station attendant, who wished to remain anonymous, was back at work.
“I’m fine,” he said, adding that he thinks Moreno has addiction and mental health issues. The attendant is nervous about what might happen when Moreno is released from custody.
“You know he’s going to be around here, and I never know what he might be thinking.”