A chemical-toting cretin nearly made off with a fistful of cash during a Nob Hill market robbery last week, police said, but his getaway attempt was thwarted.
The incident happened about 7:36 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of Polk Street, police Officer Carlos Manfredi said.
The suspect was allegedly in line and waited for the cashier, a 32-year-old woman, to open her register before dousing her face with an unknown chemical and grabbing cash while the woman screamed in pain.
The manager of the store, a 53-year-old man, was outside and unsuccessfully attempted to stop the suspect as he fled, police said. Then, a 41-year-old man came out of the market and pursued the robber, Manfredi said.
After a brief chase, the two grappled until the 41-year-old was stabbed in the chest with scissors, Manfredi said.
However, cops arrived and arrested the man at Polk and Clay streets.
He was identified by police as John Ellis, 54. He’s charged with robbery of a commercial establishment with a weapon, assault with a caustic chemical to injure or disfigure and aggravated assault with a knife.
The victims were treated at the scene for minor injuries.