A TV news reporter was robbed at gunpoint by a gang of thieves while he was coincidentally investigating a rash of robberies in San Francisco.
KPIX-TV reporter Don Ford was covering a flurry of smash-and-grab car thefts in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood. He was interviewing residents in the area about the rise in crime. While preparing for a TV segment about the robberies on Wednesday, he became a victim himself of a robbery.
A white sedan pulled up to where Ford was getting ready to film, three men exited the vehicle and held Ford at gunpoint. The bandits, one armed with a Glock handgun, stole the news channel’s camera in less than a minute.
“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” Ford said. “One had a gun and put in my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera.'”
“My whole thought at the moment was be calm. Let’s not get this guy excited. He’s got the gun. I don’t. So you take you the camera. It’s yours buddy,” Ford explained.
The homeowner that Ford was preparing to interview was motionless as the armed robbery took place right in front of him. He said, “I just looked and I said, ‘I’m not going to get shot today.'”
“I was worried that this is what’s gonna happen, because as thieves get more and more brazen, they do more and more brazenly things. I’m not making that up. We just had that experience today,” the man who didn’t want to be identified told KPIX.
“I’m not sure my adrenaline has settled down yet,” Ford said
No one was injured, but everyone was shaken.
Joel Engardio, a San Francisco news columnist, shared what he claims to be surveillance video of the robbery.
This is San Francisco: a TV news crew reporting on increased crime is robbed of their camera at gunpoint. 1/14 pic.twitter.com/2ZcZe5j6Sx
— Joel Engardio (@JoelEngardio) March 5, 2021
The San Francisco Police Department released a statement saying the camera, which had a tracking chip inside, had been recovered on Wednesday. The police did not provide any further details on the robbery, and were asking the public for information.