Police are seeking the public’s help to find a man who was caught on video throwing a burrito inside an Outer Richmond taqueria.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the San Francisco Police Department asked for tips to help them find the man behind what they say was the aggravated assault of an employee at the Gordo Taqueria at 5450 Geary Boulevard.
According to video shared by the police, a man dressed in a San Francisco 49ers t-shirt entered the popular Mexican spot (a local mini-chain with locations in the Inner Sunset, Albany, and Berkeley) at 6:30 p.m. on February 2 — that’s Super Bowl Sunday, just a few hours after the Niners lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in a game many had them favored to win.
Perhaps that’s one of the reasons the man, whose shirt also bore the logo for Super Bowl LIV as well as the last name and jersey number of 49ers player and Associated Press defensive rookie of the year Nick Bosa, “appeared agitated” when he approached the restaurant’s counter. Police say that the man was “verbally abusive as he talked to the restaurant staff,” who, “an attempt to diffuse the suspect’s agitation,” handed him a burrito.
“The suspect did not appear satisfied with the staff’s gesture,” the SFPD writes. Instead, he hit the cashier with his cell phone, tossed a napkin dispenser at another worker, and — adding insult to injury — threw the innocent burrito at the workers as they, per KRON 4, “are seen cowering away from the counter.” According to the SFPD, the man then damaged “the restaurant’s electronic counter equipment” and then fled via foot, and was last seen headed east on Geary. Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call the Richmond Police District Station’s Investigation Team at 415-666-8083 or contact Officer Sevilla at 415-666-8004.
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