Tenderloin ice cream sandwich scuffle ends in two arrests

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What would you do for an ice cream sandwich?

San Francisco police on Saturday arrested two men who fled from a Tenderloin store with an ice cream sandwich after their debit card was refused.

The male suspects, 39-year-old Shushon Bradley and 20-year-old Mustafa Ali, both of San Francisco, entered a store in the 400 block of Ellis Street about 4:06 p.m. and purchased two beverages using Bradley’s debit card, police Officer Albie Esparza said. Ali then grabbed an ice cream sandwich and started eating it. When they attempted to pay for it, the debit card was refused.

Not wanting to give up the refreshing treat, the men reportedly fled the store on foot and the two employees working there chased after them, Esparza said. One of the employees, a 22-year-old man, tackled and fought Bradley and sustained an abrasion on his right arm. Ali swung a lamp post at the other employee, a 16-year-old boy, who was able to tackle Ali to the ground.

The employees were able to hold the men until police arrived and they were arrested.

Bradley was booked on robbery and conspiracy charges, while Ali was booked on robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and possession of marijuana charges, Esparza said.

Police would not release the brand of ice cream sandwich, citing an ongoing investigation.

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