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Man Assaulted, Robbed In San Francisco After Responding To Craigslist Ad For A Smartphone

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man was assaulted and had his watch stolen in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood on Monday night after trying to arrange the purchase of a smartphone through Craigslist, police said.

The robbery was reported at 8:16 p.m. at Connecticut and 22nd streets.

The 64-year-old victim had parked in the area to meet with the alleged smartphone sellers when one suspect entered his car from the passenger side and took out a gun, according to police.

The second suspect then opened the driver’s side door and began punching the victim in the face, then took the watch off his wrist, police said.

The suspects, believed to be two men in their 20s, then fled and had not been found as of Tuesday morning, according to police.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for lacerations to his nose, police said.

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

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