The walk from Nob Hill to the Financial District is a swift and scenic trip for commuters wanting to avoid driving or taking public transit. It feels safe — even in the dark of night or early morning.
But one woman who was attacked and robbed as she walked that route last week wants to warn SF Examiner readers against dropping their guard.
Kay, who would not provide her full name, said a thug accosted her from behind as she walked down the steep streets of Nob Hill.
Police confirmed that she was attacked about 4:30 a.m. in the middle of the block on Jones Street, between Bush and Sutter streets.
“I was walking my normal route to work to Union Square,” said Kay, who works as a corporate concierge. “The assailant spotted me on Bush Street and followed me. He came behind me and knocked me down.”
After pushing her to the ground, the creep attempted to unbuckle her belt and put his hand inside her jeans, Kay said.
“I thought I was going to be raped,” she said.
Luckily, the crook took off when Kay began screaming. He fled with her leopard-print tote bag, Kay said. It contained $600 worth of items, which included sunglasses and an electronic toothbrush.
“I was stunned that this was happening to me,” she said. “I lived in London and New York, even traveled solo and never had any incidents.”
The thug was only described as a 6-foot-tall man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt that covered his face. No arrest had been made as of Tuesday, police said.
Jerry Liu, who makes the walk from Lower Nob Hill to downtown at about 6 a.m., said he usually feels safe, but is conscious of the fact that the neighborhood is near the crime-ridden Tenderloin.
According to police, pedestrians should keep electronic devices hidden from view, and if they have to listen to music or the radio they should keep the volume low so as to be aware of their surroundings, Officer Albie Esparza said.
“You can’t live in this paranoid state, but just be smart about it,” the police spokesman said.