SF Chronicle journalist robbed at gunpoint while on assignment: reports

Crime SF Chronicle journalist robbed at gunpoint while on assignment: reports Republican campaign staff forced man to strip at gunpoint in front of bongo drum San Francisco Chronicle journalist Rebecca Kaplan said Republican party…

SF Chronicle journalist robbed at gunpoint while on assignment: reports

Crime SF Chronicle journalist robbed at gunpoint while on assignment: reports Republican campaign staff forced man to strip at gunpoint in front of bongo drum San Francisco Chronicle journalist Rebecca Kaplan said Republican party campaign staff forced her to strip in front of a bongo drum at a bar, demanding money while pointing a gun at her head. Photograph: Rebecca Kaplan/SF Chronicle

A San Francisco Chronicle reporter told police on Thursday that a Republican campaign staffer at a bar, demanding money, forced her to strip in front of a bongo drum and point a gun at her head, according to reports.

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Republican campaign staffer, Douglas Sandifer, 39, was taken into custody following the robbery, reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The incident allegedly took place late on Wednesday, while the reporter was working on an assignment at Haystack, a bar near Golden Gate Park.

The writer, Rebecca Kaplan, said she refused Sandifer’s advances, something she said led to the event that morning.

“Sandifer approached me, demanding money. My refusal prompted a physical confrontation. He then cornered me, while threatening to shoot me, in front of a bongo drum. He pulled a gun on me while insisting I give him money,” Kaplan wrote in a post to Twitter.

Rebecca Kaplan (@rebeccaskapolitico) Disgraceful behavior from Sandifer. At least 5 of our colleagues demanded nothing from him and then left.

Kaplan did not ask for a description of the suspect or his weapon.

“I grabbed the bongo and used it as a shield to try to get out of the way. He went after the drum and I was able to get it in the end,” Kaplan said.

The writer said four of her colleagues who were working at the time watched what was happening and left before the suspect fled the scene.

After the incident, Kaplan told the Chronicle that she had not seen Sandifer before the incident.

“He did not identify himself. It was completely strange to me that he showed up at that bar,” Kaplan said.

She said he only threatened to shoot her, although Sandifer did become visibly “freaked out” and so intense, she became “uneasy” when talking to him after the incident.

It’s unclear how much money Sandifer allegedly demanded from the writer or how much of it he actually received.

The Chronicle reports that San Francisco police Sgt Michael Andraychak said “it does not appear that he made off with any property”.

Local police said the incident appeared to be “an isolated incident” between a Republican campaign staffer and a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle.

The incident did not appear to be related to an initial theft of a wallet from a Democratic congressional candidate, Eleni Kounalakis. Kounalakis told CNN that she had found the wallet at the San Francisco airport.

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CNN also reported that the office of American Justice Centre, one of the Republican campaigns, “denied any knowledge of Mr Sandifer’s involvement”.

The office of Republican candidate John Cox – a former mayor of Oakland and former state assemblyman – did not respond to a request for comment.

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