SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tennis star Serena Williams should file a police report after she said someone tried to steal her cellphone at a restaurant, San Francisco police said Thursday.
Officer Grace Gatpandan said police would like to know if they are dealing with a serial cellphone thief.
Williams said on her Facebook page that she was having a Chinese dinner on Tuesday when she noticed a man lurking near her table. Her cellphone was on the chair next to her, and at some point the man grabbed it and left, she said.
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Soooooo yesterday at dinner the CRAZIEST THING happened to me. I was sitting enjoying some Chinese food (delicious may I add) and this guy stands next to me. It was only 2 of us sitting at a 4 person table just chatting like we have not seen each other in years. Anyways I digress, so this guy is standing next to me and something (I have now dubbed it my SUPERHERO sense) told me to watch him. My phone was sitting in the chair but I just didn't feel right. He was there too long. "Is he a customer?" I thought "Is he waiting on the bathroom?" nonetheless I tried to shake his this eerie feeling. However, I kept watching him from the corner of my eye. Than when least expected low and behold this common petty thief grabbed my phone and swiftly left. I looked at the chair, than shouted "Omg that dude took my phone!!" Not thinking I reacted (hence the superwoman photo) I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down. He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon him in a flash! In the most menacing yet calm no nonsense voice I could muster I kindly asked him if he "accidentally" took the wrong phone. He stumbled on his words probably not expecting this to happen. While he was thinking of the right thing to say and eventually he said "Gosh you know what I did! It was so confusing in there. I must have grabbed the wrong phone." Meanwhile My phone was ringing, my superhero sidekick quailman was face timing me so he could not possibly deny the allegations. I swiftly thanked him and left. Superhero? Maybe? Or HELL YEA!! I've got the speed the jumps, the power, the body, the seduction, the sex appeal, the strength, the leadership and yet the calm to weather the storm. Always listen to your superhero inner voice. Always keep your things close! Fight for what's right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero! When I got back into the restaurant I received a standing ovation. I was proud. I just showed every man in there I can stand up to bully's and other men. It was a win for the ladies! Just because you are a… facebook.com/SerenaWilliams/posts/10153788450706834:0
Surveillance footage shows Williams leaving the restaurant and confronting the man on the sidewalk. Williams said she asked the man if he had accidentally taken the wrong phone, and he said he had before giving it back.
Danny Snyder, an employee at Mission Chinese Food, where Williams was dining, said the restaurant has never previously had anyone come in and try to steal a phone. He said Williams has eaten at the restaurant before.
Williams’ Facebook post shows her in a ‘Supergirl’ costume.
“Always keep your things close,” she wrote. “Fight for what’s right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero!”
Gatpandan had a slightly different message. She said police don’t encourage people to go after cellphone thieves.
“The thing with cellphone snatchers is you don’t know who you’re dealing with,” she said. “You don’t know if they’re a serial thief. You don’t know if they’re armed.”
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