SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested two young men believed to be behind a brutal assault and cell phone robbery that took place on the evening of October 26.

Police reported that two 19-year-olds, Tristean Duree and Odis Doss, were taken into custody on Wednesday, November 25, for brutally assaulting a 54-year-old man and stealing his iPhone.

According to nearby video surveillance, Duree and Doss struck the victim at approximately 9:55 p.m. while he was using his phone for directions on Stockton Street, allegedly to return back to his hotel room. 

Surveillance shows the victim walking into a crowd of five people, believed to be three men and two women. When the victim attempts to run, two suspects tackled him to the ground, and kicked him in the head after he fell. The victim reported to police that he suffered severe facial injuries to his eye socket and jaw that will require reconstructive surgery. 

An investigation of the surveillance footage allowed SFPD’s Gang Task Force to the search and arrest of Duree and Doss after identifying them to be involved in the attack.

The SFPD obtained three search warrants for the Brookdale and Sunnydale housing projects. In addition to the arrest of Duree and Doss, another woman was detained, but later released. Police discovered that Doss and Duree had previously been arrested for prior offenses. 

Both suspects are currently booked at the San Francisco County Jail for robbery, aggravated assault, and conspiracy, with special enhancements to their charges from their previous offenses. 

The SFPD announced that they are still seeking information pertinent to the case for the remaining suspects at large. All persons with information are asked to contact SFPD’s Central Station Investigation Team at (415) 315-2400, or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with the message beginning with “SFPD.”