Sock it to me!
A man was arrested for allegedly stealing a pair of socks from a store in the Mission on Monday, police said.
The 23-year-old suspect walked into the store in the 2600 block of Mission Street about 2:36 p.m. and stood in an aisle staring at clothes for several minutes, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said. The loss-prevention officer at the store told police he thought the suspect's behavior was strange.
After hanging out in the store for about two hours doing nothing, the suspect reportedly took off all of his clothes and got completely naked before putting on a blue Superman shirt, a pair of underwear and a pair of socks, Newman said. He is then alleged to have put his own clothes back on over the items from the store.
The suspect then went to the checkout and paid for everything he put on but the socks, Newman said. The loss-prevention officer checked the suspect's receipt as he attempted to leave the store and saw the socks were not on it and confronted the suspect. The suspect is alleged to have pushed the security guard to the ground before fleeing on foot.
The security guard hit his head on the ground but got back up and chased the suspect northbound on Mission Street, Newman said.
The security guard caught up to the suspect, who was apparently not faster than a speeding bullet.
The suspect reportedly turned around and socked the security guard in the face, police said. However, he turned out to be no Superman and the security guard was able to subdue the suspect until police arrived.
The suspect was identified as Adam Rowbury of Fairfax. He was booked on robbery charges and a probation violation.
The 27-year-old loss-prevention officer sustained some facial swelling and scrapes but refused medical attention, police said.