true-sf-giants-new-era-cap.jpgOne of the miniature statues given out at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Friday night to celebrate Giants legend Willie Mays’ 80th birthday was taken from a fan at knifepoint near the ballpark, police said.

The first 20,000 fans who entered the ballpark for Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies were given a miniature version of the statue of Mays that stands in Willie Mays Plaza at the corner of Third and King streets.

The robbery was reported at about 7:55 p.m. and took place outside of the ballpark, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

An 18-year-old man holding one of the miniature statues was approached by a suspect who asked him where he got it. The suspect then pulled out a knife, put it against the victim’s stomach, and took the statue before fleeing on foot, police said.

A detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available this afternoon, Esparza said.

The victim was uninjured in the robbery.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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