Hair stylist Lihua Yang was walking to work on Sunday morning at 9:10 a.m. when a dark-colored sedan pulled up near the mouth of the Stockton Tunnel. A man was caught on surveillance cameras getting out of the vehicle, walking into the tunnel, and came out dragging Yang out on the ground.
Meet Lihua Yang, she was robbed of her purse and dragged into the gutter at the mouth of the Stockton Street tunnel Sunday morning – a robbery that was captured on surveillance video.
She is seen struggling as the man attempts to violently yank the purse from her. Another man gets out of the car to assist him. Eventually, they force Yang’s purse from her and the men return to the car and speed off.
“He took my bag, and I tried to protect my bag, that’s why I hold it, but then he continued to drag, and then I fell down and he dragged me through the tunnel,” Yang told KPIX 5 through the help of a Cantonese translator.
A huge thank you to Karen Chan of KTSF for translating Cantonese this afternoon! She is an exceptionally hard working journalist! pic.twitter.com/4yNtmwyB5F
Yang says she is now too scared to take the same route to work again:
“I’m too scared to walk that Stockton Street tunnel again. No more. I won’t walk that tunnel because that tunnel is already very dark.”
The mouth of the tunnel has multiple surveillance cameras that caught three suspects and their vehicle. Police are now looking for the suspects.
The SFPD is asking anyone with information on this attack to contact their anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.
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