A woman was zapped in the face with a stun gun during a “brazen” daytime attempted robbery at Haight and Divisadero streets Tuesday, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Thursday.
The 30-year-old victim was talking on her phone while waiting for the 24-Divisadero about 1:20 p.m. when she was attacked, the neighborhood blog Haighteration reported. She told the blog that she made eye contact with the suspect as he walked past her and the “next thing I know, there is a [stun gun] on my face.”
The crook reportedly shocked her twice in the face and once in the chest while demanding her phone and grabbing for her purse, Haighteration said, and police later confirmed the story. A struggle ensued, but the brute fled after a crowd gathered outside the many businesses in the area.
The man ran to a waiting four-door, black Mercedes SUV that fled eastbound on Page Street, Esparza said. A witness reportedly got the license plate number and gave it to police, who said the plates were registered out of Los Angeles, according to Haighteration.
Police told the victim that criminals have been known to rent cars for the sole purpose of mugging “people all day long,” the blog said.
“He was very brazen in committing this attempted robbery in the middle of the day,” Esparza said.
The victim sustained minor injuries from the stun gun and subsequent struggle for her purse, but refused medical attention, Esparza said. She was able to retain both her phone and purse.