sfpd_gunpoint.jpgA German tourist was robbed at gunpoint near the University of San Francisco campus on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The robbery was reported at 4:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Clayton and Fulton streets.

The tourist was robbed of his phone, camera and cash, according to police. The robber used a black pistol.

The suspect fled and has not been found. He is described as a black man between 18 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has black hair, and was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and dark, baggy jeans.

German tourists have also been the victims of other crimes in San Francisco in the past year.

In August 2010, Mechthild Schroer, a 50-year-old woman from Germany, was fatally shot when she was apparently caught in the crossfire of a shootout between groups of people in the city’s theater district.

Less than a week later, Nils Linke, 21, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bike in the city’s North of Panhandle neighborhood.

An arrest was made in the hit-and-run case shortly after it happened, and last month seven people were arrested in connection with Schroer’s death. Both cases are pending in San Francisco Superior Court.

Anyone with information about the robbery Saturday 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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