SF store owner killed after robbery

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A store owner in San Francisco’s Richmond District has died after he was assaulted with a baseball bat during a robbery Thursday night. 

According to the police, around 9:31 p.m., officers responded to a report of robbery and aggravated assault in the 3900 block of Balboa Street. 

At the scene, police found an unconscious man identified as Yohannes Tewolde, 60. 

Tewolde was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. 

He dies on Tuesday. 

Investigation reveals that an unknown suspect attempted to steal merchandise from the business. 

Tewolde confronted the suspect with a bat. However, the suspect was able to take the bat and began hitting Tewolde. 

No arrests have been made. A GoFundMe has been created by the community for Tewolde and his family.

(Photo: GoFundMe)

According to the GoFundMe page, Tewolde is described as a loving father, husband, and store owner.

“He worked 7 days a week and always shared his warm smile with customers,” the GoFundMe page states.

This incident is currently being investigated by SFPD’s Night Investigations Unit and Crime Scene Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.