Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Sideshows, Road Rage and a Cooler Fire


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:

Shady Situation
A man lost his sunglasses on Thursday afternoon while standing on Haight Street between Pierce and Scott. Around 4 p.m., the 37-year-old was talking on his cell phone on the street when a 28-year-old man approached him and shook his hand. The suspect held onto his hand while trying to steal his phone, but the victim refused to let it go. He was punched in the face, and turned to run away — but his sunglasses fell off his head in the process. The suspect picked them up and fled the scene on foot. No arrest was made in the case.

School Drop-Off Road Rage
On Wednesday morning, a verbal argument between two people took place shortly after 8:15 a.m. on Capitol Avenue in Oceaview, near Sheridan Elementary School. The discourse was spurred by a minor traffic collision and ended up with one woman slashing another with a knife. She later claimed she was concerned about her and her child’s safety. The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  No arrest was made.

Cool Fire
Around 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon a police unit cruising along Evans Avenue in the Bayview came across a cooler on fire. The officers extinguished it themselves.

Bathroom Invasion
In the early hours of Monday morning, a 34-year-old woman who lives on Union Street in Russian Hill opened her bathroom door to find an unknown man in his 50s inside. She shut the door immediately, and the suspect fled out the bathroom window.

Sidewalk Stabbing
A 38-year-old man was stabbed at 16th and Shotwell streets on Sunday evening after a 23-year-old man approached him as he walked down the sidewalk. The suspect began swinging a knife at the victim, injuring him in the process. Police responded to the scene and arrested the suspect. The victim’s injuries were not reported to be life-threatening.

BB Attack
On Sunday evening shortly before 7 p.m., a 53-year-old woman was shot with a BB gun by an 18-year-old boy she knew from the neighborhood. According to the police report, the victim saw the suspect shooting his BB gun at parked cars. When he noticed her watching, he turned it on her without any provocation. The suspect fled the scene on foot, and the woman was treated for her injuries.

Taxi Dispute
A taxi driver and his fare had an argument over payment on Sunday evening, near Mission and 23rd streets. When a passerby tried to intervene he was punched by the suspect. The taxi driver got out of the car to try to intervene, but was also punched. The suspect then climbed into the cab, drove it away, and crashed it. He fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended and arrested.

Legion of Honor Sideshow
A car sideshow at the Legion of Honor was broken up by police on Saturday night. Shortly before midnight officers arrived at the parking lot to hear shots being fired. All vehicles were detained, and the drivers were cited and released. The officers found spent shell casings, but luckily no one was injured.

See anything crazy happen in our seven by seven city recently? We want to know about it! Send us a tip to nsawyer@sfweekly.com.

Nuala Sawyer

Nuala Sawyer is the News Editor at SF Weekly. You can reach her at (415)-359-2644 or nsawyer@sfweekly.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TheBestNuala.

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