Armed thieves stole a reporter’s camera while he was covering a surge of car thefts in a San Francisco neighborhood on Wednesday.
KPIX 5 reporter Don Ford was in the Twin Peaks neighborhood reporting on smash-and-grab robberies from parked automobiles, which have reportedly become ‘commonplace,’ when he was ambushed.
Multiple assailants piled out of a luxury sedan, with one pointing a gun at Ford’s head.
“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” Ford explained. “One had a gun and put in my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera.’”
“My whole thought at the moment was be calm. Let’s not get this guy excited. He’s got the gun. I don’t. So you take you the camera. It’s yours, buddy.”
but not entirely unexpected in San Francisco in 2021. We need to adequately resource public safety agencies, adopt better strategies to stop repeat offenders & make clear that San Francisco is not a place that you can commit crimes & put people's lives at risk with impunity. 2/2
— Rafael Mandelman (@RafaelMandelman) March 3, 2021
A local resident waiting to be interviewed by Ford witnessed the incident, but stayed uninvolved.
“I just looked and I said, ‘I’m not going to get shot today,’” the man said.
Another resident told KPIX, “I was worried that this is what’s gonna happen, because as thieves get more and more brazen, they do more and more brazenly things. I’m not making that up. We just had that experience today.”
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