TV News Crew Pepper Sprayed And Robbed On Valencia Street

Police are seeking two suspects who pepper-sprayed a TV news crew and stole their camera in San Francisco’s Mission District on Monday evening.

The robbery was reported at about 6:25 p.m. in the 1100 block of Valencia Street, which is near 22nd Street.

The crew, which consisted of four men between the ages of 28 and 61, was breaking down their equipment after filming in the area when two male suspects believed to be in their late teens ran up from behind and pepper-sprayed them, according to police.

The suspects then took the camera and fled west toward San Jose Avenue, police said.

The victims were treated at the scene for eye irritation and then released.

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

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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