A San Francisco reporter for an space info station was conducting an interview about theft points throughout the Twin Peaks neighborhood when he was accosted at gunpoint and robbed of his digicam.
Don Ford, a reporter for KPIX 5 Info, was engaged on a story about robberies throughout the neighborhood which have been on the rise given that San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority (SFMTA) closed the entry road to the vista stage — a most popular vacationer attraction — at the start of the pandemic. The road continues to be closed. The thefts that had been as quickly as centered at the vista stage and targetted at vacationers have moved to a marked rise in vehicle break-ins to the encircling area since its closure.
On Wednesday afternoon, in broad daylight, Ford was interviewing shut by homeowners when what’s described as a “white luxurious sedan” with four males inside pulled up and accosted Ford at gunpoint.
“The auto acquired right here up proper right here whereas we had been about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” Ford says. “One had a gun and put in my face and talked about, ‘We’re taking the digicam.’”
Every Ford and the subject of the interview held up their palms and let the boys take the gear. The reporter says that every one the encounter took decrease than a minute.
“I merely appeared and I discussed, ‘I’m not going to get shot as we communicate,’” the home-owner talked about in a retelling of events.
Whereas the gear was stolen, no person was harmed.
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman is the marketing consultant for San Francisco’s District 8, which contains Twin Peaks, tweeted that the theft was “ridiculous and unacceptable… nonetheless not solely shocking.”
nonetheless not solely shocking in San Francisco in 2021. We’ve got to adequately helpful useful resource public safety companies, undertake larger strategies to stop repeat offenders & make clear that San Francisco should not be a spot you’ll be able to commit crimes & put people’s lives at menace with impunity. 2/2
— Rafael Mandelman (@RafaelMandelman) March 3, 2021
In response, the SFMTA addressed the state of affairs:
“We’re saddened to take heed to about what occurred to reporter, Don Ford, whereas overlaying the story as we communicate… In an attempt to deal with these concerns, the south end gate at Portola Drive was opened in September day-to-day between 6:00 p.m. and midnight to current native entry to the best of the peaks for people driving. Nonetheless, some unresolved factors keep, so the SFMTA labored with the group and completely different metropolis departments along with Rec and Park, SFPD and Public Works on new ideas to ensure entry and stability needs at Twin Peaks.”
It is unclear if opening the roads will reduce the crimes or simply reroute it. Twin Peaks is a typical, widespread vista stage that San Francisco locals understand can be rife with crime. For several years, drive-by thefts of digicam gear and valuables have been commonplace. It appears that evidently with the dearth of that thieving ground, native groups of roving robbers have unfold to the encircling area and with out the overall reopening of the Twin Peaks lookout, it is unclear if that will change. Even when it does and no completely different changes are made, thefts will merely resume the place they left off earlier to the pandemic.
On the time of publication, no arrests had been made.