San Francisco: Kids With Bats Attacking Moms, Nannies Picking Up Children After School

San Francisco Phone Robberies

by Mary Chastain at

Last week, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on a number of attacks on moms and nannies in Noe Valley as they picked up children from school.

Women told the publication a person in a ski mask with a bat or their fist attacked them. They also said the people targeted those with smartphones.

One mom, identified as C.W., told The Chronicle a person in a gray ski mask ambushed her as she walked to get her daughter from daycare.

The person left a car, snuck up behind her, and grabbed her phone. He pushed her “to the ground aggressively.”

The person took the phone and went back to the car.

C.W. said the police had no interest in her case:

A neighbour’s security system caught the car on video and she was able to track her phone for 18 hours after the attack. But after she reported the crime, no investigator responded to the developments.

When she emailed a police officer to ask who she could contact to help “improve how these things get tackled”, she was told to “do some research yourself”.

The next day she was driving to the police station to complain about the response, when she saw 

a patrol car on the street where she had been robbed.

Another mom was assaulted by someone in the same car as those who attacked C.W. But the person punched her in the face.

Police interest? None: “For 24 hours, I had been trying desperately to get the police to engage with me to stop these guys. Zero response. And then it happened again in the same location.”

More women told The Chronicle about robberies and attacks in Alamo Square. The perpetrators targeted their smartphones:

On the evening of June 26, Victoria was checking a text message while out on an evening walk near Alamo Square around 8:50 p.m. when a person she described as a “young teen” moved toward her and snatched her phone. She instinctively tried to wrest her phone back, she said, but a second assailant pounced on her.

“His friend, who I didn’t see, tackled me and grabbed the phone back,” said Victoria, who, as the victim of a violent crime, was granted anonymity in accordance with The Chronicle’s policy on anonymous sources because she feared retaliation from the people who attacked her. “They ran back to the car and drove away from Alamo Square toward Hayes Valley.”

Victoria, who had hit her head and twisted her knee, began screaming for help. Bystanders heard her distress and offered to lend her a phone to call 911, she said.

Guess what. Victoria’s assault happened one hour after a person robbed a 29-year-old woman.

The following night a person “jumped” and “smashed” a woman “into the pavement.” Then two other teenagers kicked her until they could get her phone.

The police won’t say if there is a connection between these robberies and those in Noe Valley.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Rafael Madelman observed that more and more kids are “doing these really awful things.”

Gee, what could it be? Not keeping kids out of school and isolated! Duh:

“I think, what happened with kids not being in school, I think there may be something going on with that, that we’re going to be experiencing for a while”, he said.

He added: “Those couple of years where school was erratic or non-existent, where everyone was under stress, parents and caregivers were under stress. That was probably impacting vulnerable communities more anyway. Sociologically. who knows what was going on, but I would not be surprised if we are going to be experiencing the lingering impacts of that for a generation.”

The citizens ousted George Soros-backed DA Chesa Boudin, the son of literal domestic terrorists, because he wouldn’t do anything.

Nothing is changing, though. Mandelman also has a problem with the approach:

Mr Mandelman said the city’s soft approach on crime has been good at “dismantling the systems” without fixing the underlying problems.

“I don’t think that our interventions for people who are committing petty crimes are particularly effective. I mean, fine, you don’t put people in jail, but what are you doing? Well, if you’re doing nothing, then what’s the outcome going to be? Not great.”

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