Assault in SF leads to police pursuit, ‘suspicious devices’ thrown at officers, officials say

A dangerous police chase took place across the Bay Bridge and into the East Bay, and it all started when a man walked into one of San Francisco’s most well-known churches.

ABC7 News spoke to the pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in SF, right next to Washington Square Park in North Beach.

He said an unknown man was spotted before service and took communion but then allegedly assaulted one of the parishioners and was chased out of the church.

At approximately 5:52 p.m., police responded to the 600 block of Filbert Street on a report of an assault. Police located the suspect, who, when officers attempted to stop him, fled in a vehicle. During the San Francisco pursuit, the suspect threw an unknown object out of the car window at officers. Police said that the suspect tossed “suspicious devices” out of the vehicle, including in the area of 8th and Mission streets in San Francisco.

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