Police release images, surveillance footage of suspects in robbery of news photographer

Police are asking the public for help in finding two suspects who robbed the San Francisco Examiner’s photo editor of his camera last month.

Mike Koozmin was walking east on Bryant Street around 11 a.m. on July 23 with a second person near Langton Street when two unidentified suspects pushed him from behind, police said.

Koozmin was walking along Bryant Street toward the Hall of Justice with staff writer Laura Dudnick around 11:10 a.m. when he was pushed from behind as he crossed Langton Street. Two men then grabbed the camera strap over Koozmin’s shoulder, pulling him about 30 feet south on Langton Street toward a waiting car until he let go.

The thieves took off in a black sedan, but not before Dudnick snapped several photos of the vehicle with her smartphone.

The suspects fled south on Langton and a surveillance camera captured footage of them driving away in a black Pontiac Grand Prix. The video also appears to show a possible “Good Samaritan” chasing the suspect in a Toyota Tacoma pickup or a similar vehicle.

Police are asking the public to help identify the Good Samaritan in the pickup truck or the suspects. They have released the surveillance footage and still images and are asking anyone with information to call (415) 575-6039 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444. Tips can also be sent by texting TIP411 and starting the message with SFPD.

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