Man carjacked after asking for directions near SFGH 

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You can always count on the evilness of strangers.

A driver who asked for directions near San Francisco General Hospital late Tuesday afternoon was led to his destination by a man who seemed rather helpful until he whipped a gun and stole the car.

The victim, a 59-year-old Chinese man who speaks little English, pulled over in a black Toyota Camry near 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue to ask for directions. A short man in his 20s said for a ride home, he could show the victim the way.

After hopping in the passenger seat, the suspect directed the victim onto southbound U.S. Highway 101 and told him to get off at the Paul Avenue exit.

The suspect apparently showed the driver the correct way to reach his destination, police said, but then he asked for money. And after the victim gave him cash in return for his help, the suspect reportedly then asked for a ride home.

“The victim agreed but as he drove off, the suspect produced a handgun,” police said.

The suspect reportedly kicked the victim out of the car and drove off, but not before swiping his phone and wallet. The victim called police right after the carjacking, at about 4:10 p.m., but a search for the suspect was fruitless.

The suspect stood about 5-foot-5, weighed about135 pounds and had short hair, a black jacket and black or blue jeans, Officer Albie Esparza said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

maldax@sfexaminer.com
@sflawdisorder

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