Foreign News Crew Robbed At Gunpoint Covering APEC In California

A foreign news crew that traveled to San Francisco to cover an international summit was reportedly robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.

Czech TV journalist Bohumil Vostal was filming at San Francisco’s popular bookstore, City Lights, when he and his crew were approached by masked robbers who pointed guns at them, demanding they hand over their valuables. The victims complied, and the robbers fled the scene with roughly $18,000 worth of equipment, including the news crew’s entire footage from that day.

“They were heading at my cameraman, aiming a gun at his stomach, and one at my head,” Vostal told the San Francisco Chronicle

“I’m one of those many people who used to read Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road,’ and I was so much looking forward to visit your city,” he added.

The San Francisco Police Department has confirmed that it is investigating the armed robbery, which took placed just before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. According to police, the three armed robbers had exited a vehicle stopped on the street before approaching the news crew and demanding their equipment. They then fled the scene in the vehicle.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) reportedly met with Vostal and his crew on Monday, assuring them that the city would pay to replace the equipment stolen in the robbery.

This news comes as San Francisco officials and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) have faced intense criticism over the sudden cleanup of the city for the Asia-Pacific Economic Partnership (APEC) summit currently taking place — with critics blasting the government for refusing to remove homeless encampments and open-air drug markets for the safety of Californians, but suddenly doing so when expecting a visit from world leaders.

Despite the cleanup and the metal barricades erected throughout the city streets, the robbery showed that the city’s actions did not fully erase the lawlessness that has been allowed to flourish under Democrat leadership in the state.

The city’s crime problem is likely to become a topic of concern as hundreds of foreign journalists flock to San Francisco to cover the summit alongside world leaders, CEOs and other attendees.