SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — San Francisco police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect vehicle involved in a car burglary and hit-and-run that left a man in life-threatening condition on Tuesday.
The victim was mowed down when he tried to take pictures of two suspects breaking into cars in a San Francisco parking lot.
It happened Tuesday, around 4 p.m. on 34th Avenue, near the Legion of Honor.
According to police, the victim was taking pictures of 2 suspects breaking into vehicles. His car had also been burglarized.
Police released surveillance photos of the suspect vehicle on Wednesday evening.
“They were in a silver, BMW-type vehicle,” said SFPD police spokesperson Eric Mahoney.
The suspects struck the victim with their car and fled.
Tourist assaulted by car thieves at the Legion of Honor. @SFPD says two men in grey hoodies broke into two cars, then ran over a tourist who tried to take pictures of the suspects. They got away in a silver BMW. pic.twitter.com/Dn6JJSgPFG
— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) July 10, 2019
Police said the victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in life-threatening condition.
One of the break-in victims was Harry Miskin, a tourist visiting from Dubai. His wife is from California and they were here visiting relatives.
The thieves broke out the back windshield of his rented SUV and stole two suitcases, which included “a number of items of sentimental value, earrings I had given my wife for our wedding, things like that,” Miskin said.
An image of the silver BMW was recovered from a Muni bus that drove up to the museum as the assault was occurring.
A Muni employee told police the car drove away quickly, perhaps going as much as 50 mph.
Police were also working on recovering surveillance footage from the museum.
As for Miskin, he said he and his wife were planning on spending the night in Napa, but their plans may change as his wife is pretty shaken up.
“It’s one of those things that happens in big cities,” Miskin said. “You hear a lot about how it’s gotten worse and worse in San Francisco in recent years. It’s not great.”
Meantime, the suspects were still at-large.
Police described them as two men in hoodies. Anyone with information should contact the San Francisco Police Department.