Woman attacked at Coit Tower wary of city now

A victim of a vicious attack at Coit Tower last weekend told The Examiner on Wednesday that she is stunned at recent violence in populated tourist areas of The City and is advising folks to stay away from San Francisco at night.

The Redwood City woman said her second date with a Sunnyvale man was going well Friday night until thugs beat and robbed them without warning. Her date, who was knocked unconscious in the attack and whose jaw was broken in two places, remains in the hospital, she said.

Due to safety concerns, the victims did not want their names used.

The victim said SFPD’s account of the attack differed in some ways from what actually happened. Cops told The Examiner they were called to the scene around 1:40 a.m. The couple said the attack occurred hours earlier. At the time, there were many groups of people in the parking lot area at Coit Tower, she said.

Before visiting the attraction, the couple had gone out to dinner, tried and failed to get tickets to the sold-out Beach Blanket Babylon, and decided on a walk. They ended up sitting on the wall surrounding in Coit Tower parking lot, she said, where they talked and enjoyed the views.

The attack was sudden and unprovoked, she said. A black man in this mid-to-late 20s came up from behind her date, cursed and cold-cocked him with brass knuckles, she said. He fell from the wall head first, and his face was buried in the dirt, she said.

The woman, a dental hygienist, said she rushed to his aid, first checking his pulse. Then the suspect, along with three other thugs, punched her and stole her purse, she said.

Meanwhile, two women that were with the thugs stood back against a car, watching the brutal acts while puffing on cigarettes, she said.

The suspects wouldn’t let up, she said. One “was about to kick me, and I kicked him in the [groin],” she said. That gave her the opportunity to run, she added. A neighbor at a nearby apartment let her call cops.

The hoodlums also robbed her date, taking his wallet and an iPhone before fleeing, the victim’s sister told The Examiner.

The victim said she is telling her story to warn visitors not to come to The City at night.

“That’s a nice area,” she said. “These incidents are happening over and over and over again.”

The silver lining is that her date did go well up until the attack, and there will be a third date on the horizon, she said.

“This is something that’s not going to affect our relationship,” she said. “It’s going to affect where we choose to share some time together. I don’t think San Francisco is on our top of our list.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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