05/12/09 09-043

05/12/09 09-043

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May 12, 2009


San Francisco Police Seeks Public's Help In Fatal Robbery Attack

San Francisco police are seeking the public's help in locating and identifying the suspect in a purse snatch robbery of a 63-year-old San Francisco woman on April 10 in front of 680 Folsom Street at approximately 5:35 P.M. The victim, Helen Canafax, a popular and generous woman who often gave money to the homeless, was knocked to the pavement when the suspect grabbed her purse. She sustained serious injuries from her fall, resulting in her death on April 26.

Following the attack, the suspect fled across the street and through the plaza at 201-3rd Street. The suspect is described as a black male, 35-40 years old, 180 lbs. He was wearing a gray beanie-style cap, a red or black sweatshirt, and dark-colored pants.

Anyone who witnessed this brutal attack, or who may have any information, is urged to contact Homicide Inspectors Richard Martin or John Cleary, 553-1145, or to call the Confidential Tip Line, 415-575-4444.

For more information, please contact:

Public Affairs Office


850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229
[email protected]