SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man that brutally beat and helped rob a woman and may have attacked others early Sunday after the city's "Pink Saturday" Pride weekend event.
The attack is not believed to have been a hate crime, police said.
Around 1:50 a.m., the woman was approached by a group of men and women along Market Street between Castro Street and Civic Center, according to San Francisco police. The group pushed the woman to the ground and took unspecified belongings.
In a video provided by police, the woman struggles to stand up as the group walks away. As one man passes her, he turns and viciously kicks her in the face.
Police said the kick left
Esparza said investigators believe the group of suspects may have committed at least one other robbery and assault in the same area that evening. There may have been even more attacks that went unreported, police say.
Police distributed a witness description of the suspects immediately after the assault, and officers detained a man and two women a short time later near Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, Esparza said. The three people were positively identified by an eyewitness after they were detained, he added.
Police are declining to release those suspect's names or photos, or any descriptions of the other suspects, while the investigation continues.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact the department's Mission Station Investigation Team at 415-558-5400. Anonymous tips can be left at 415-575-4444 or sent via text message to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.
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