Young thugs target senior in Potrero Hill

In the latest example of youth thugs targeting seniors, two teenagers roughed up and robbed a 76-year-old man in Potrero Hill Tuesday, police said.

The punks grabbed the victim as he was entering his vehicle in the 600 block of Connecticut Street around 2 p.m. They rifled through the victim’s clothing and fled on foot with his wallet and cell phone, police said.

The victim suffered a laceration to his hand. His injuries were minor, police said.

On Monday, a 78-year-old man sitting on a park bench in Bernal Heights was attacked by two knife-wielding youths. The victim used his cane to fend off the attackers, who were described as being between ages 12 and 16.

Police said they do not know whether the same kids were responsible for both attacks.

But the two suspects responsible for the Potrero Hill attack had may have attempted to rob a 22-year-old man on the same block about a half-hour earlier, police spokesman Albie Esparza said Wednesday. Suspect descriptions in both Connecticut Street crimes were similar, he said.

They were described as black males. One stood 6-feet tall and weighed about 160 pounds, Esparza said. The other was about 5-8 and 140 pounds. Both were wearing black hoodies and dark jeans, police said.

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