The man arrested on felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges Wednesday was out on bail on grand theft charges for allegedly stealing two people's smartphones, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Mageb Hussain, 27, of Emeryville was arrested early Wednesday morning after the vehicle he was reportedly driving struck and killed 35-year-old San Francisco resident Paul Lambert.
According to police, Lambert crossed Van Ness Avenue midblock near Pacific Street just before 1 a.m. when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the District Attorney's Office, Hussain was out on $30,000 bail for the alleged smartphone thefts, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. The thefts occurred Jan. 6 and happened within 10 minutes of each other, according to court records.
One theft occurred in the 1100 block of Fillmore Street and the second happened in the 500 block of Divisadero Street. Hussain is alleged to have pulled his vehicle over in both cases, leaned over the passenger seat and asked victims on the sidewalk if he could use their phones. Hussain then allegedly drove off with the devices.
Hussain will be back in court today at 1:30 p.m. to face charges in the fatal pedestrian collision.