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Three Canadian filmmakers are beaten and robbed of $35,000 in equipment in San Francisco

A crew of Canadian filmmakers in San Francisco was beaten Friday and robbed of more than $35,000 worth of equipment during a brutal daylight raid near the Twin Peaks hiking area, according to shocking footage of the incident online.

San Francisco police arrived just after the incident happened around 5:40 p.m. in one of the parking bays just between the two peaks, known as “Eureka” and “Noe.”

A 49-second video posted to Instagram shows two suspects in black ski masks and red hoodies pulling into an Infiniti sedan behind an SUV parked next to one of the peaks along the scenic road.

One of the burglars jumps out of the vehicle and strikes one of the film crew from behind in astonishment, as the victim was visibly searching for something in the trunk of his car that also contained filming equipment. He was grabbed by the arm and forcibly moved next to the SUV before being told to lie on the ground.

Another man in a red hoodie came out with a gun and pointed it at another victim, who was also told to lie down while the robbers filled their car with the film crew’s equipment.

Residents have identified the Twin Peaks area as a hot spot for robberies and told KPIX that car break-ins have been a problem in recent months.

According to the latest crime data from San Francisco, robberies are the only crime category that has fallen — 9.5 percent — compared to the same period in 2021.

So far, there were 472 so far in 2022, compared to 524 in the same period last year, SFPD data suggest.

One of the robbers got out of an Infiniti sedan while one of the film crew was looking for something in the trunk of his SUV

The two robbers told both members of the film set to lie on the floor while moving all of the filming equipment from the SUV to their car.

A film crew was robbed at gunpoint at Twin Peaks in San Francisco Friday night when two-thirds of their equipment, reportedly worth $35,000, was stolen before San Francisco police responded on the scene.

The robbers acted quickly – there were other people in the area and cars driving past the crime scene, but they all appeared unaffected.

After taking two-thirds of the day’s film crew’s gear, some of the camera gear could be seen sticking out of the tinted windows of the robbers’ car.

“It was quite violent, the attack was quite fast and violent,” one of the victims told PPV_tahoe – an Instagram account dedicated to posting news. “They got one of our cameramen in mind. It was like a bank robbery.’

The unidentified victim added that they have lost all footage from Friday as a result of the break-in.

“We had been filming for eight months, all over the world,” the victim said. “This was our very last day of the shoot.”

The filmmakers, whose identities are unknown, are based in Quebec and were living in the Bay Area in 2000, according to PPV_tahoe. However, they admitted that the city has “changed dramatically” since they both lived there.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Police Department told DailyMail.com it could not comment on the incident “because this is an ongoing investigation.”

Just days before the incident, a crime reporter from the local channel KPIX 5 was robbed of his camera at gunpoint on Wednesday.

Don Ford, who covered a story of car break-ins in the area, said he was preparing to interview local residents when another white sedan pulled up with four men in it.

The incident happened just two days after KPIX 5 reporter Don Ford was robbed in Twin Peaks while being held at gunpoint

The incident happened just two days after KPIX 5 reporter Don Ford was robbed in Twin Peaks while being held at gunpoint

“The car arrived here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” Ford told CBS San Francisco. “One had a gun and stabbed me in the face and said, ‘We’ll take the camera.’

He added that the entire break-in took place in less than a minute, with a gun pointed at his face. “My whole thought right now was to be calm,” Ford said. “Let’s not get this man excited. He has the gun. Not me. So you bring the camera. It’s yours friend.’

“I was afraid this would happen because as thieves get bolder and bolder, they’re going to do more and more bold things. I’m not making that up,” he added.

The resident Ford was about to interview said he was petrified when he saw the robbery happening in front of him.

“I just looked and said, ‘I’m not getting shot today,'” he said, preferring not to reveal his identity.

He later added that crime in the Twin Peaks area has put residents on edge and that safety should be a priority going forward.

‘Do you want that for the open space? We want that too. But protect us. We must not pay the fine for that action that SFMTA did to us,” he said, referring to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

San Francisco Police Department released latest 2022 crime data showing homicides, assaults, robberies and rapes have risen since last year, but no robberies

San Francisco Police Department released latest 2022 crime data showing homicides, assaults, robberies and rapes have risen since last year, but no robberies

The San Francisco Police Department has released the latest crime data for 2022, showing that homicides, assaults, thefts and rapes have risen since last year.

According to the figures, there have been nine murders so far this year compared to 2021, while there were 482 assaults compared to 448 last year.

Rapes are also up a whopping 7.5 percent, as there were three more compared to the same period in 2021 – 43 vs. 40.

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