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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

News Crew Pepper-Sprayed, Robbed While Filming in the Mission

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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A San Francisco news crew was reportedly attacked and robbed while on the job in the city's Mission District yesterday evening.

According to police reports, at about 6:30 p.m., the two-person crew was on the 1100 block of Valencia Street breaking down their equipment after filming a story when two teens ran up behind them, doused them with pepper spray and snatched the television camera.

The robbers ran westbound on San Jose Avenue, and two witnesses ran after them, getting hit by the pepper spray as well, said Officer Albie Esparza.

The Chronicle confirmed that the victims were a news crew from Univision, the Spanish-language network.

No suspects were arrested, however police describe the two robbers as 18-year-old Hispanic males.

The reporters and two citizens were treated at the scene for injuries from the pepper spray, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call the cops at 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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