Hooligans brandish knives in robberies

Knives weren’t just used to settle scores this past weekend, they were also handy for hooligans looking to strong-arm some easy cash and property, police said.

The first robbery occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, cops said.

A 33-year-old white man entered a business in the 300 block of Powell Street, grabbed some wares and took off, police said.

The 22-year-old woman working at the business chased after the chump, who whipped out a knife and then punched her in the face, cops said.

The woman refused treatment for her bruised face but the bandit was caught and arrested, police said.

Later that day, around 9:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Duboce Street, a black man in his 50s got into an argument with a 31-year-old man, cops said.

The suspect then pulled out a knife and demanded the man’s money, police said.

The man complied and the crook made off with his wallet and cash, cops said.

About an hour later at Guerrero and 14th streets, an Hispanic man in his 20s bear-hugged a 23-year-old man from behind and brandished a knife, police said.

The bear-hugging hooligan mumbled something to the victim, who then turned over his wallet. When the crook noticed the victim’s cell phone, he demanded that too, cops said.

The victim threw his phone to the ground and both he and the hooligan fled, police said. No arrest has been made.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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