Man pistol whipped, three others held up in separate armed robberies

Four people were held up at gunpoint in unrelated incidents Wednesday in San Francisco.

In the first incident, a 30-year-old man was sitting on the stairwell of an apartment complex at 4:50 p.m. near Turk and Taylor streets in the Tenderloin when someone snuck up from behind and pointed a gun at him.

The man ordered him to empty his pockets, but he refused so the thief sifted through them and took cash and a smartphone.

The victim was then hit with a handgun and pushed down the stairs.

At some point, he lost consciousness. He was hospitalized, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The thief fled before officers arrived.

In the second robbery, three people were walking down Alemany Boulevard near Seneca Avenue at 10:13 p.m. when two men with guns approached the group.

The victims, two men and a woman in their late 20s to early 30s, were told to give up their property. They complied and the men fled on foot with three cellphones and wallets, along with credit cards and cash.

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