Brutal thieves target victim in Russian Hill 

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A walk down the usually safe streets of Russian Hill on Monday night turned into a horrifying experience for a woman who was beaten and robbed.

About 10:30 p.m., police said, a 27-year-old woman was walking near Larkin and Greenwich streets when a man attempted to blind her with pepper spray. When that did not work, the suspect reportedly punched the woman in the face and head. He stole her purse and fled in a waiting vehicle, possibly a tan-colored American model.

Along with the purse, police said, the victim lost cash, her MP3 player and credit and identification cards.

The woman suffered swelling and redness to her face, but police said she declined medical attention.

Police are hunting for two suspects, both in their early 20s. No arrests had been reported as of Tuesday.

It wasn’t the only brutal robbery of the night. Across The City about an hour earlier, a 22-year-old man was walking in the Ingleside district when he was punched and robbed of his cellphone. And in the Tenderloin about 4:40 p.m., a 48-year-old man was sitting in the back of a coffee shop when he was socked by cellphone-snatchers, police said.

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