Masked thug is foiled trying to steal texting woman’s cellphone 

An 18-year-old woman texting on Haight Street was punched in the face “many times” during a robbery attempt Monday night, police said.

But the masked thug’s bid to steal the woman’s cellphone failed after she fought him for it at the intersection of Central Avenue around 11 p.m.

The masked man jumped from a doorway, surprising the Diamond Heights woman, in his attempt to swipe the cellphone. He punched the woman for resisting, but ended up fleeing empty handed. No arrest has been reported.

The woman was treated for her injuries at Kaiser Hospital, police said.

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