Good Samaritans help woman retrieve phone, man robbed of glasses in weekend crimes

Two good Samaritans helped a woman retrieve her cellphone, a man was robbed of his glasses, a teenaged girl was almost kidnapped and an ATM was set ablaze in San Francisco crimes over the weekend.

Church and Duboce streets
3 a.m., Friday

This victim might not have seen it coming. A 50-year-old man was attacked and robbed by a man in his 20s, cops said. The two were actually walking together when the young thug turned and punched the victim in the head. He then went through the victim’s pockets and stole his cellphone and eye glasses.

100 block of Holloway
9:30 a.m., Friday

This ATM was burning through cash. A clerk opened up his store and smelled smoke, cops said. The Fire Department responded and found the interior of an ATM on fire. The arson investigator on the scene deemed the fire “suspicious in nature.”

2200 block of Van Ness
1:15 p.m., Saturday

An 18-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted kidnapping, cops said. The victim was walking down the sidewalk when two men aged between 18 and 30 jumped out of an older gold, compact car and tried to force her inside. The victim struggled free and got away.

O’Farrell and Polk streets
Midnight, Sunday

A 28-year-old woman got her cellphone back after two good Samaritans detained the crook who stole it from her, police said. The victim was flagging a cab when the 26-year-old crook snuck up from behind and snatched her phone. The good Samaritans turned the crook over to the cops who took him into custody.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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