Cops nail hammer-wielding thug

San Francisco police have arrested a suspect in the vicious home invasion burglary Monday in which a man was struck over the head multiple times with a hammer.

Denis Tseyref, 28, was booked on charges of home invasion burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment in connection with the 1 a.m. attack in the 3400 block of Geary Boulevard, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Tuesday.

Tseyref and the victim were involved in a dispute over a woman they were both dating or had dated at one point, Dangerfield said.

Police believe Tseyref, with the help of an accomplice, broke down the front door to the victim’s home and struck him multiple times in the head and the knees with a hammer.

After assaulting the resident, the suspects stole three computers and a phone from the home and fled, the victim told police. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening, Dangerfield said.

“[The suspect’s] first motive was not to go in and do the robbery,” Dangerfield said. “He broke in, assaulted the victim, then on his way out stole items.”

The victim told cops Tseyref was the attacker. After serving a search warrant at his home Monday night, Tseyref was brought into custody without incident, Dangerfield said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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