East Bay woman may lose eye after ‘friend’ punches her 

An East Bay woman who was doing a favor for a vicious friend will most likely lose her right eye after her pal viciously punched her in the Tenderloin, police said Monday.

The 59-year-old woman drove into San Francisco late Friday afternoon after her pal, a man in his 60s, phoned asking for a ride to run errands, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

“He promised to give her gas money,” Esparza said.

First, she drove him to a bank, which was closed. Then, at around 6:30 p.m., he had her drive him to Eddy and Larkin streets, where he planned to “sell things,” Esparza said. It wasn’t clear what he was selling, the police spokesman said.

At one point the woman told her friend that she needed to head home, that she didn’t want to wait. That apparently led to an argument, and when the woman leaned over to the passenger door to tell her friend not to enter, he attacked, Esparza said.

The suspect punched her multiple times in the right side of the face, severely injuring her eye, police said.

After the assault, the suspect accepted yet another ride – he accompanied the victim while she drove to San Francisco General Hospital, Esparza said. He left her behind while she was being treated, he said.

The woman gave cops the suspect’s name. Now they’re hunting him.

He is described as a black man standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes, Esparza said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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