A store owner in San Francisco’s Richmond District, identified as Yohannes Tewolde, has died after being assaulted with a baseball bat during a robbery on Thursday night. The incident occurred in the 3900 block of Balboa Street around 9:31 p.m. Police responded to a report of a robbery and aggravated assault and found Tewolde unconscious on the ground. He was taken to a local hospital with significant injuries and passed away on Tuesday.
According to eyewitness accounts and the ongoing investigation, an unknown suspect attempted to steal merchandise from the store. Tewolde confronted the suspect with a bat, leading to an altercation. The suspect gained control of the bat and began assaulting Tewolde. The suspect threw the bat at another victim before fleeing the scene in an unknown sedan. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
The community has set up a GoFundMe page to support Tewolde’s family. Described as a loving father, husband, and store owner, Tewolde was known for his dedication, working seven days a week and sharing a warm smile with customers.
The San Francisco Police Department’s Night Investigations Unit and Crime Scene Unit are investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444.