A massive man who failed to push his way into a packed Muni bus in the Excelsior district last weekend reportedly punched and strangled a 15-year-old girl and also hit her mother.
As of Wednesday, police were still hunting for the pushy thug who launched the shocking attack on the teenager at Mission Street and Onondaga Avenue, about two blocks from Balboa High School.
The assault turned into a robbery, Officer Albie Esparza said, when a friend of the attacker stole the mother’s purse during the melee.
The incident reportedly unfolded about 7:30 p.m. while the daughter and mother were standing near the rear doors of a 14-Mission bus.
The suspect, described as weighing 300 pounds, attempted to board the packed bus by pushing the daughter in the back to make room for himself.
“The daughter told the suspect that there was no more room and to stop pushing her,” Ingleside Police Station reported.
But the pushing reportedly didn’t stop, and the teen reacted by turning around and slapping the suspect, saying, “There’s no more room.”
That apparently set off the man.
“The suspect punched the daughter in the face and began to strangle her,” police said.
The girl’s mother started hitting the suspect and trying to get him off her daughter.
“But he ended up punching the mother as well,” police said.
Eventually, the suspect and his pal fled the scene, but not before robbing the mother of her purse, which reportedly contained her wallet, checks, cash and a cellphone.
The victims were treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
A subsequent police search did not turn up the suspects, Esparza said, but police are requesting Muni video surveillance tapes to identify the men.
The 300-pound attacker, possibly Samoan, was bald and in his 30s, about 6-foot-2 and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and red-and-black headphones, Esparza said.
The victims reportedly did not get a good look at the second suspect.