South San Francisco attack injures one

Two alleged gang members, accused of slashing, beating and kicking a teenager in South San Francisco early Sunday morning after finding the victim had little to steal, remained behind bars Monday, authorities reported.

South City residents Abraham Rodriguez Jr., 23, and Joshua Adonay Leiva, 19, were each being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, said San Mateo County jail officials. They face charges of attempted armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.

The attack occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, as the 18-year-old victim walked to a corner store to buy snacks, South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said. As he reached the 500 block of Linden Avenue, Rodriguez and Leiva stopped him and demanded he empty his pockets, Lee said.

After finding little of value, Rodriguez tried to stab the teen, but the victim blocked the knife with his hand, Lee said. With his hand bleeding from the minor cut, the teenager tried to run from his attackers but they soon tackled him from behind, Lee said. The pair allegedly punched and kicked him multiple times before he was able to escape and flag down a patrol car.

Officers found Rodriguez and Leiva a short distance away and arrested them after they were identified by the victim. The victim suffered cuts and bruises but refused to go to the hospital, Lee said.

Although all three men were South City residents, Rodriguez and Leiva did not know the victim and appeared to target him at random, Lee said. She said that South City police have documented the pair’s gang ties.

tbarak@examiner.com

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