Woman Loses Eye in Tenderloin Attack

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011  |  Updated 9:21 AM PDT
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Woman Loses Eye in Tenderloin Attack

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An East Bay woman lost an eye as a result of being punched by a  man to whom she had given a ride in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood  on Friday evening, a police spokesman said today.

    The attack was reported at about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection  of Eddy and Larkin streets.     The 59-year-old victim was called by the 60-year-old suspect, who  asked her for a ride to the Tenderloin to sell some of his belongings, police  spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.
    After driving the man there, the woman waited for a few minutes  but then wanted to leave, but he said he didn't want to, Esparza said.
    The woman leaned over from the driver's seat and reached over the  man to open the passenger door, at which point the man began punching her  repeatedly, Esparza said.
    The woman suffered serious injuries to her eye, and the man agreed  to accompany her to San Francisco General Hospital, but then fled after they  arrived at the hospital, according to Esparza.
    The woman was treated at the hospital for the injuries, which are  not life-threatening, but will result in the loss of her eye, Esparza said.
    She provided police with a description of the man, who had not  been found as of early this afternoon. The man is described as a 60-year-old  black man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 160 pounds, with black hair and  brown eyes, Esparza said.
    Police were also given the man's address but have not yet been  able to locate him, he said.
    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.
 

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