SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A quick-thinking San Francisco Supervisor was able to help authorities apprehend a cell phone robbery suspect when he became a victim of the crime himself.
Supervisor Scott Wiener was walking from his home in the Castro to 16th and Mission when a group of suspects stole his phone.READ MORE: UPDATE: Atmospheric River: I-880 Shutdown, Flooded Roadways, Damaged Homes, Massive Rockslides In Storm's Wake
“My immediate reaction was, ‘give me my phone back,’” Wiener told KPIX 5.
Wiener proposed a deal to get his phone back.
“They said that they would give it back to me if I gave them money,” Wiener said.
Wiener had a plan in mind when walking with the suspects to an ATM. He wanted to get their faces on camera.
“I decided I was going to get them to an ATM so they would get it captured on video,” Wiener said.READ MORE: Atmospheric River: High Winds Topple Trees, Scaffolding in San Francisco
But, the three suspects made it very clear that they were in charge.
“She showed me a black canister, and told me that it was mace, and told me that if I yell out, or try to pull anything she would mace me in the face. And then at one point, she insinuated one of her friends had a gun,” Wiener said.
The supervisor got his phone back, and the suspects fled with $200. But, their victory was short lived, as one woman was quickly picked up by police thanks to a security guard at the bank.
“I think I violated all the rules of what you’re supposed to do when you’re a victim of crime,” Wiener said.
For Wiener, it was the first time he had been a victim of crime.
“Honestly, it sort of pissed me off because she and her two buddies, they victimized me. But, that means they’re also victimizing other people; probably victimizing people who really can’t stick up for themselves,” Wiener said.MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: Parts of San Mateo County Pummeled with Heavy Rain, Flooding
Wiener was able to identify the woman taken into custody during a police lineup. The other two suspects remained at large.