Boy violently assaulted in latest iPod theft

A 16-year-old boy was pummeled by seven thugs Tuesday night for refusing to give up his iPod, police said.

The heartless beating happened around 6:20 p.m. near the intersection of Revere Avenue and Ingalls Street in the Bayview district, police said.

The boy was walking on the sidewalk on Revere Avenue when one of the punks, described as a teenager of around the same age, demanded his iPod, cops said. After refusing to give it up, the suspect threw the victim to the ground, and then six other assailants joined in on the beating, kicking and punching the boy as he lay helpless on the pavement.

They robbed the boy and fled. No arrests have been made, police said.

The boy suffered bruises “all over” the left and right side of his head, as well as scratches on his left knee, police said. Paramedics treated him at the Bayview police station, cops said.

Listening to music or talking on the phone while on The City’s streets continues to make pedestrians prime prey for predators, police said.

Products produced by Apple — including iPhones and iPods — remain among the most popular theft items, Mission Station Capt. Greg Corrales stated in a newsletter released Tuesday.

Robberies of the devices are happening in broad daylight, with armed thugs terrorizing pedestrians in all parts of The City.

Another 16-year-old boy lost his iPhone on the 38-Geary Muni bus line on Aug. 20, police said. The victim said he was checking the time on his phone when one of two suspects revealed the handle of a handgun and demanded the phone, police said.

The following week, a victim was robbed of his phone while riding Muni in the 600 block of Geneva Avenue, police said.

“Avoid displaying or using them in public, especially on Muni,” Corrales warned in the newsletter. “Headphones and ear buds reduce your ability to hear and distracts you from potential dangers.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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