Woman Pepper-Sprayed During SF Mission District Robbery

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A woman was pepper-sprayed and robbed of her jacket in San Francisco’s Mission District on Monday night, police said.

The robbery was reported at 9:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of 15th Street.

The 19-year-old victim was walking when she was approached by two other women, who pepper-sprayed her, punched her and took her jacket, according to police.

The suspects, believed to be in their mid-20s, ran away and had not been found as of this morning.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for her injuries, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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  • Ann Mason

    We’ve been hearing more about pepper spray in the past few weeks or so. It sounds as if this weapon which was created for self-defense has become a trendy new self-empowerment tool. It’s hard to know whether anything can be done to discourage it, without prompting more criminals to carry guns and knives. Perhaps the victims of these attacks can find some comfort in the fact that the people who use defense spray often inhale some of it themselves.

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