Cellphone thief has chest pains while being arrested 

It was a heartbreaking work of staggering idiocy.

A man was rushed to the hospital with chest pains Tuesday after allegedly committing the stressful act of robbery on a Muni bus.

Police were called to McLaren Park, near the intersection of Mansell Street and John F. Shelley Drive, about 12:10 p.m. The victim told police a thief stole her cellphone as she rode a bus. She then called her phone and the suspect answered. He demanded money for its return and agreed to meet the woman.

The robber apparently thought the victim would come alone. Not so. A family member accompanied the woman to the meeting spot. A fight ensued.

When the cops were called, the victims “had the suspect on the ground,” police said. However, the suspect bit the family member and punched him in the face during the scuffle.

The victim’s cellphone fell out of the suspect’s pocket as officers handcuffed him, police said.

The suspect then “complained of chest pain” and was rushed to a hospital. But he can forget about dining on hospital Jell-O cups, as he was later booked into County Jail. A record check revealed the man is on active probation, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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