Couple attacked on Coit Tower date 

A couple spending their second date at Coit Tower last weekend was viciously beaten and robbed by ruthless thugs in yet another act of violence at a tourism hotspot in San Francisco.

The Sunnyvale man and Redwood City woman were taking in views on the wall surrounding the parking lot around 1:30 a.m. Saturday  when one of two suspects cold-cocked the male victim, knocking him off the wall, according to police accounts.

The gang then punched and robbed the female victim of her purse as she tried to help her date, police said. She fled and called cops at a nearby apartment, officers said.

Police are hunting two suspects described as black men, one in his mid-20s standing 6 feet 1 tall, 200 pounds and the other standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, police spokeswoman Lt. Lyn Tomioka said.

The male victim is recovering at the Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, his sister told The Examiner. He was not able to tell his story because his jaw, broken in two places, had to be wired shut Monday night, she said. Due to safety concerns, the victims did not want their names used.

The incident continues a rash of violence affecting city visitors this month. A 50-year-old German tourist was killed during a wild shootout near Union Square on Aug. 8. Five days later, another German visitor, a 22-year-old man from Berlin, died after an alleged hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Masonic Avenue and Turk Street.

Last week, Police Chief George Gascón expressed public outrage that “no one seems to care” in The City about the Union Square tourist killing, saying, “We need to get angry and we need to be mad.”

The sister of the victim in the Coit Tower incident said she was equally shocked that the attack was buried in the police blotter while the media played up the story of a dog that was stabbed at Fort Funston on Thursday.

“That’s been in the news repeatedly,” she said. “I feel bad for the dog that got stabbed, but I’m sorry … one of my brother’s concerns is that if this is something that goes on, people need to be aware of it.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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