Woman 'nose' how to battle crooks

A woman bit a thief on the nose and won her cell phone back during a failed robbery attempt in North Beach Monday, police said.

The nose bite, which drew blood, helped convince two crooks to halt their attack at Kearny and Columbus streets around 10:25 p.m.

One of two crooks snatched the woman’s cell phone on the 8X Muni bus, then dashed off the bus. The victim chased the suspect onto the street and grappled for her phone, only to have the second thug come from behind and strike her in the head with either a fist or a hard object, police said.

“The victim was now being attacked by both suspects,” police said.

Fearing for her safety, the victim bit one of the suspects on the nose, drawing blood, police said.

After the bold move, the thief that did not get bitten dropped the victim's phone and fled with the second suspect. The phone was undamaged.

The victim complained of pain to her neck and head but refused medical treatment, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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