Off Duty Cop Narrowly Escapes Injury In Pursuit Of Alleged Cell Phone Thief

A man allegedly stole a phone and then tried to stab an off-duty police officer who chased after him in San Francisco’s Mission District on Friday afternoon, police said today.

Daniel Dearman, 33, was arrested following an incident that began at about 4:30 p.m. Friday when the off-duty officer saw him allegedly steal a cellphone from a business near the intersection of 19th and San Carlos streets, according to police.

The officer identified himself as police as he pursued Dearman, who pulled out a knife and allegedly tried to stab the officer, police said.

The officer was able to avoid the attack and restrained the suspect until on-duty officers were able to arrive and taken him into custody.

Dearman was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide of a police officer, robbery, resisting arrest and violation of probation, police spokesman Sgt. Dennis Toomer said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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