Tuesday, November 26, 2013

California: Italian Tourist, 24, Visiting Bay Area Robbed of Valuables, Hospitalized with Injuries

According to Reuters, a 24-year-old Italian tourist visiting the Bay Area was hospitalized with a head injury Friday (November 22) after a group of gunmen beat and robbed him outside a South San Francisco McDonald's restaurant.

The victim, who was in the Bay Area on vacation and staying at a local motel, parked his rental car at 1622 hours outside the McDonald's at 587 El Camino Real, police said. As he exited his vehicle, he was suddenly surrounded by four men, one of whom pointed a handgun to his chest and demanded he surrender his money.

As the man began pulling cash out from his pockets, the suspects hit him over the head with a pistol and repeatedly kicked him as he fell to the ground, authorities said. The suspects then removed the man's jacket and ran to a red 4-door sedan waiting nearby on Ponderosa Road, and drove off west on Ponderosa.

The victim, who police said spoke very little English and had initial difficulty communicating with investigators, was taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor head injury. He has since been released from the hospital and has returned to Italy, obviously with a less than complimentary experience in the US.

COMMENT: Police did not have complete descriptions of three of the five suspects. One of the suspects was described as a white male about 5 feet 8 inches tall wearing a light gray cap and light green hoodie and bluejeans.

Another suspect is a Hispanic male adult between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing a red sweatshirt. Both men were armed with black semi-automatic handguns.

Anyone with information about the case may contact South San Francisco police at 650-877-8900. 

The odds of becoming a victim of violent crime is one in 460 in South San Francisco and the probability of  becoming a victim of property crime is one in 48.

It is never a bad idea to ask motel/hotel staff about violent and property crime in proximity to where you're staying or even better a police station in a developed nation, in this case, in South San Francisco.

It is never a wise decision to resist an armed robbery, particularly against multiple assailants, as doing so may result in irreversible results, such as serious injury or death.