Father grazed by bullet fending off robber 

Man walks down street with young daughter. Robber approaches with a gun, demanding gold chain from man. Man tries to swat gun out of robber’s hand. Robber pulls trigger.

No, it’s not a clip from the latest action movie — it was the melodramatic scene that played out near St. Luke’s Hospital in the Outer Mission on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The incident began just after 3 p.m., when a 38-year-old man was walking with his 13-year-old daughter down Tiffany Avenue toward 29th Street and a man with a handgun approached, according to police Officer Samson Chan.

The robber pointed a gun at the victim and demanded the gold chain encrusted with diamonds that hung around his neck. The victim refused to turn it over, and, in an action-hero-like move that police do not recommend, tried to swat the gun out of the robber’s hand, Chan said.

As he did, the robber pulled the trigger and a bullet narrowly missed doing major damage, grazing his hand, Chan said.

In the resulting confusion, the robber snatched the chain off the victim’s neck and ran — as did an accomplice who had been acting as a lookout.

Police responded immediately and spotted a man of the suspect’s description on 26th Street near Valencia Street. They tackled the man, but say he resisted arrest. Once subdued, they recovered the chain and the handgun, Chan said. The suspect was injured in the scuffle and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. After being treated, he was released from the hospital and booked into San Francisco’s jail.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old East Bay resident Ariel Morales, was charged with robbery, attempted homicide, aggravated assault and various gun charges.

Police are still looking for the accomplice, who has only been described as a Hispanic male.


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