Three men use homophobic slur before beating, robbing man near SF State 

Three hoodlums used a homophobic slur against their victim before beating and robbing him near San Francisco State University early Wednesday morning, cops said.

The 20-year-old victim was walking near the intersection of Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive around 2:10 a.m. when three men in a cream-colored late-70s model Oldsmobile drove up and the driver began yelling homophobic slurs at him, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The hoodlums pulled over, got out the car and surrounded the victim, Esparza said. They demanded his property and began hitting him multiple times in his upper body before knocking him to the ground.

“They punched and kicked him,” Esparza said. After the victim was on the ground one of the crooks reached into his pocket and grabbed his cellphone.

The brutes grabbed the victim a second time but he was able to break free, Esparza said. The crooks fled in the Olds on Font Boulevard toward Lake Merced.

Police were able to obtain detailed descriptions of the crooks from the victim.

The driver of the Oldsmobile was a black male, aged 20 to 25, 5 foot 9 inches, 140 pounds, wearing an olive button-down, long sleeve shirt with a crew neck undershirt, Esparza said. He also had a thin goatee and was wearing a beige bandana.

The second suspect was described as a white male, 5 foot 10 inches, 150 pounds, wearing a gray pullover, baggy hoodie with a baseball diamond print, baggy blue jeans and sporting a “high and tight haircut,” Esparza said.

The third suspect was a Hispanic male, 5 foot 8 inches, 160 pounds, wearing a tan shirt and baggy pants, police said.

Police are asking any witnesses to the crime or anyone with knowledge of the suspects to contact the department on its anonymous tipline at (415) 575-4444 or by text at TIP411.

The victim was treated on scene for his injuries and was released, Esparza said. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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