A man enjoying a night out at a bar told police he was carjacked at gunpoint and either forced into the vehicle for a horrifying drive through the Mission or chased his purloined car on foot. He's apparently not so sure. Either way, his car was involved in a hit-and-run accident this morning -- which he's blaming on a mysterious armed robber.
The victim told police his troubles started with drink and cigarettes at El Trebol Bar
on 22nd and Capp. While police reports, eye-catchingly, noted he was "intoxicated" when entering his vehicle, he had a good explanation for this. You see, a lady asked him for a smoke. And he keeps his cigarettes in the car. You see where this is going?
As he ostensibly fished the cigarettes out of his vehicle, the victim claims he was startled by a man barking, "What are you doing with my sister?" This man then flashed a gun, robbed the victim, and took the car.
The victim, however, could not get his own story straight on whether he was forced into the car for a ride or left to chase down his vehicle. Either way, his car smashed into a parked vehicle on the 600 block of Capp. Residents heard the accident and phoned the police at 12:24 this morning to report it.
The victim claims the robber fled the scene -- but did so at 12:55, half an hour later than police call centers were notified of the accident. He then claims he drove to 22nd and Shotwell, and proceeded to report the incident at 1:27 a.m.
While it would be tempting to conjecture that the victim has created an ingenious story both absolving him of drunk driving and a hit-and-run accident, Sergeant Troy Dangerfield of the San Francisco Police Department is giving him the benefit of the doubt -- for now.
He says the victim was confused as to whether to report a car stolen when he'd recovered it. He didn't know what to do, insurance-wise, over the accident. And he also isn't a proficient English speaker; the police report was taken by a Spanish-speaking cop.
Police writeups noted the victim "changed his story many times." Both version of the alleged carjacking were included in the official report.
The alleged carjacker is described as a 25-year-old Hispanic man with a gun --and a sister. Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF