TV reporter doing story on spike in car break-ins robbed at gunpoint at San Francisco's Twin Peaks

A TV reporter interviewing people about car break-ins at San Francisco’s scenic Twin Peaks was robbed of his equipment at gunpoint Wednesday.

The incident happened in broad daylight - just after 12:30 p.m. - at Twin Peaks Blvd. and Burnett Ave., Supervisor Rafael Mandelman tweeted. KPIX-5 Reporter Don Ford said a white luxury sedan with four men pulled up as he was about to do an interview. Three of them jumped out and demanded his camera.

"My whole thought of the moment was ‘Let’s be calm, let’s not get this guy excited,’" Ford said. "He’s got the gun. I don’t."

Ford wasn’t hurt.

"I’m not sure my adrenaline has settled down yet," Ford added.

Ford was taping a story on a surge in crime at Twin Peaks, partly resulting from a vote earlier this week approving a plan to keep the Burnett Ave. gate to Twin Peaks Blvd. closed to cars. With more vehicles parking in the adjacent neighborhood, residents have noticed a spike in car break-ins.

"It’s troubling, it’s concerning, it’s an extremely brazen crime and it reinforces, I think, concerns that I’m hearing from my constituents in that area," Mandelman told the station.

No one has been arrested.