A 45-year-old San Francisco man was struck multiple times in the head with a hammer Monday morning during a vicious home invasion robbery that stemmed from a spat over a woman, police said.
The victim was in stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital following the 1 a.m. attack.
Two thugs broke down the front door to a home in the 3400 block of Geary Boulevard with clear intent to harm the victim, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
The victim confronted the thugs and began to struggle with them. One of the suspects, described by police only as a white man in his 30s, struck the man multiple times in the head and the knees with a hammer.
Despite the brutal attack, Dangerfield said the victim was expected to survive.
After roughing up the resident, the two suspects stole three computers and a phone from the home and fled, the victim told police.
The victim and the hammer-wielding attacker knew each other, Dangerfield said. The two had been involved in a dispute over a woman they were both dating or had dated at one point in time, Dangerfield said.
“[The suspect’s] first motive was not to go in and do the robbery,” he said. “He broke in, assaulted the victim then on his way out stole items.”
Police were hunting for the attacker and his accomplice, described only as a black man in his late 40s.
The victim provided his attacker’s identity to police, Dangerfield said.
However, no arrests were announced Monday. Police declined to release the identity of the attacker, citing an active investigation.
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