Women targeted in overnight rash of robberies

Young women walking San Francisco’s streets alone after sundown were preyed upon in at least three malicious muggings overnight, police said.

The victims ranged in age between 17 and 33 and the incidents occurred after 9 p.m. in Nob Hill, the Tenderloin and Ingleside neighborhoods.

Around 9:04 p.m., two thugs crept up behind a 26-year-old woman, punched her in the face and robbed cash from her purse at Jones and Pine streets, police said. She was taken to the hospital with bruising and a laceration to her cheek, cops said.

Less than a half-hour later, a 17-year-old girl walking on Howth Street near Geneva Avenue was chucked to the ground from behind by three so-called men, police said.

“Give me the iPhone or I’m going to shoot you,” said one of the thugs, aiming a gun at the victim.

The suspects, described as black males between 18 and 20, fled in a gray, older-model Honda Civic hatchback, police said.

In the third incident, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 33-year-old woman was hospitalized after a crook punched her in the face in the 300 block of Golden Gate Avenue, police said.

The suspect, described as a 30-year-old black man, sifted the victim’s pocket, grabbed cash, then fled on foot, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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