Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Flaming Stroller, Stool Assault, Dog Fight

A Friday dose of peculiarity.

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: 

Flaming Stroller
A woman returning to her home Thursday evening on Maxwell Court (between Valencia and Guerrero streets) came across a burned stroller sitting outside her unit. When she inquired what it was doing there, her neighbor told her that she saw the stroller on fire, and put it out. No suspect was spotted at the scene. 

Toy Gun Hold-Up
On Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m. two men in their 20s were attacked by a group of ten individuals, who approached them on Dolores Street near the park. One member of the group brandished a gun, while the others assaulted the victims and stole their property. SFPD responded to the scene, and transported the victims to the hospital. They also recovered a gun — but it turned out to be a toy. 

Stool Assault
Two men in their 30s were assaulted by an older man wielding a stool at a business on Geary Street near 25th Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Police responded, and arrested the suspect.

Highfalutin Shootin’
A man living in Ingleside looked out his home’s window on Tuesday evening to see a man firing a handgun into the air. No structures or people were struck by the bullets, and after firing off shots, the suspect hopped in a car and left the scene.

Grass Fire
Two juveniles were spotted lighting grass on fire in Hunters Point on Sunday afternoon, resulting in a fire truck showing up. Firemen managed to extinguish the flames. 

Dog Fight
Two dogs got into a violent fight at Cole Valley Pet Store last Saturday afternoon. The victim, a 9-year-old black Labrador, fared badly and had to have surgery to stitch up her face. The dog’s owner rushed her to the emergency vet after acquiring contact information from the other dog’s owner but has yet to receive a response to her request for medical bill payments. In addition, the store employee at the time declined to answer the police’s calls, and no surveillance cameras were found in the shop. The case remains open. 

Juice Thief
Last Friday a 34-year-old man approached a food cart at City Hall Plaza and grabbed several juice bottles before walking away. The seller followed him but retreated when the thief brandished a knife. Police responded to the victim’s call and arrested the suspect. 

Elder Assault
A 92-year-old man was sitting on the sidewalk at Polk Street and Geary Boulevard on Friday afternoon when he was assaulted by an unknown victim, who attacked him from behind. No arrest was made, and the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

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