Imposter Officer Robs Man At Knifepoint


SAN FRANCISCO—A man posing as a police officer robbed a 23-year-old man at knifepoint, taking the victim’s cell phone before fleeing the scene of the crime.

The victim was sitting in his car in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, near the crossing of Ellis and Hyde Streets at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 when the suspect approached his vehicle, flashed a leather wallet and badge before demanding the victim submit to a mandatory search.

The imposter officer was last seen fleeing down Ellis Street.

He then ordered the victim to share his cellphone’s passcode for further searching. The suspect then claimed that he needed to take the cell phone for evidence and walked away from the vehicle.

When the victim started walking after the suspect, the imposter pulled a knife on him before turning and fleeing the scene. He was last seen running down Ellis Street and is still at large.

The San Francisco Police Department is asking for public help in tracking down the suspect, who is described as a man in their 20s. Any citizens with knowledge of this or any other crime are urged to contact the the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.