Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Champagne Prowl, Pool Hall Attack, Pizza Theft

A Friday dose of peculiarity.

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San Francisco sees it’s fair share of crime — some serious, some less so. Here at SF Weekly, we’re paying attention to all of it — from the mundane to the bizarre. Here’s a roundup of some of the weirder situations that went down in our 49 square miles this week: 

Back Stabbing
Around 2:45 a.m. on Friday morning, a 22-year-old man was stabbed while he was sleeping on Market Street, between Dolores and Church streets. The suspect, a man in his 30s, approached the victim and stabbed him in the back before fleeing northbound on 14th Street. The victim was transported to the hospital, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening. 

Failed Carjacking
On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old man sitting in his vehicle at Spruce and California streets was the victim of an attempted carjacking. A man in his 40s opened the passenger door and got in, grabbed the keys, and demanded that he be allowed to drive. But when the suspect attempted to start the car, he realized he was unable to operate the vehicle. He fled the scene on foot, leaving the keys and car with the victim. 

Champagne Prowl
A 55-year-old homeowner who lives on Scott Street, across from Duboce Park, had an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning when he realized someone had broken into his garage overnight and stolen several bottles of champagne. 

Pool Hall Attack
Four people were injured at the International Sports Club on Tuesday afternoon when a man entered the business and began throwing pool balls and cue sticks. The victims, ages 25, 48, 33 and 51 were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. 

Pizza Theft
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a pizza delivery guy was held up at gunpoint near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Pierce Street. The victim, a 44-year-old man, was approached by three young men. He handed over the pizza but got a gun in his face instead of payment. The youths fled the scene with the pizzas, some sodas, and the driver’s cell phone.

Cardboard Arson
A man was spotted lighting pieces of cardboard on fire on Sunday afternoon, near Langton and Seventh streets in SoMa. A gust of wind blew a piece of cardboard underneath a nearby vehicle and lit it on fire. The arsonist fled the scene. 

Double Whammy
In a separate incident, a 30-year-old man in SoMa had a bad night on Sunday, when his car was lit on fire near the intersection of Fourth and Freelon streets, near South Park. SFFD showed up and extinguished the fire, and left the car where it was. The incident appeared to be over, until the man woke up the next morning to realize that the police had towed his vehicle. 

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