San Francisco man successfully distracts robbers to save family from potential harm 

A man’s split-second decision to protect his family helped deter shotgun-toting robbers in the Sunset district Monday afternoon.

Just before 3 p.m., the 36-year-old man was reportedly washing a vehicle in his driveway in the 1600 block of 33rd Avenue when he was approached from behind by a teenager with a short-barrel shotgun and another suspect. The teen pointed the shotgun at the man and ordered him to stand up and lead them into his home, Officer Gordon Shyy said.

“But the victim’s family was inside the house,” Shyy said, “and he was very fearful of what might occur to his family if he brought” the robbers inside.

The victim reportedly began backing up into the street, Shyy said.

“At that point, his neighbor saw what was occurring and called 911,” Shyy said.

The suspects reportedly rummaged around the garage, but then at one point they noticed a neighbor was standing outside calling police.

Witnesses said the suspects fled in a green SUV driven by another person, Shyy said.

There were no injuries and nothing was stolen, police said, and no arrests had been reported as of Tuesday.

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