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.