Man just says no, gets beaten by drug-dealing thugs with bats

Just say no to thugs. A man was beaten with a metal bat for refusing to buy narcotics from pushers in the Tenderloin early Tuesday, police said.

The victim, a 47-year-old resident of the area, suffered a broken hand while trying to stave off the bat's blows in the 400 block of Leavenworth Street, San Francisco police Sgt. Daryl Fong said.

Around 2 a.m., one of three suspects asked the victim if he wanted to buy drugs, Fong said. The victim refused and an argument ensued. After the victim refused, the denied dealer fetched a metal bat from a nearby shopping cart and began swinging it at the victim.

“The victim put up his hands to deflect the blows,” Fong said. “He was struck with the bat on the left hand when the suspect swung it at his head.”

The seedy slugger then got help from his two pals, who held down the victim while he struck him in the body several times with the bat, police said. The victim was able to fight off the suspects by kicking them, they said.

The suspects fled on foot and were no arrests as of Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with swelling and bruising to his back and hand, Fong said. The injuries were not life threatening, he said.

There have been no arrests.
maldax@sfexamner.com

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