Wednesday, 1/20/10

1 PM:A white man stopped on the street on the 100 block of Golden Gate to take some medication, and a black man and woman reportedly wrested it from him. When the victim tried to get it back, the female suspect pulled a gun on him, then both suspects fled on foot. No one’s been arrested.

9:15 PM: Two black men reportedly robbed a restaurant on the 500 block of Cortland at gunpoint, taking money from the register and an asian male patron’s wallet. They fled on foot, and haven’t been arrested.

9:30 PM: Two black men reportedly stole a white woman’s iPhone while on Muni, getting off the bus at San Bruno and Felton. No one’s been arrested.

Thursday, 1/21/10

4:20 AM: A black woman and a white man were having a fight on the first block of 6th Street, when the woman stabbed the man. His injuries were not life-threatening, and she was arrested.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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