A Czech news crew was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco while trying to cover the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
The robbery happened on Sunday, according to journalist Bohumil Vostal who spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle.
He told the media outlet that he was getting b-roll footage of the City Lights Bookstore, an iconic bookseller founded by members of the Beat movement, “when three masked assailants approached with guns pointed.”
He added, “They were heading at my camera man, aiming a gun at his stomach, and one at my head.” He said it happened around 5:00 PM.
The San Francisco Police Department told KTVU FOX 2 it was investigating the armed robbery of the production team, which occurred in the neighborhood by Broadway and Columbus Avenue.
According to police officers, a vehicle pulled up to the camera crew and parked, after which three armed men exited the car and demanded they hand over their production equipment. The crew reportedly agreed and lost over $18,000 worth of equipment including all their footage from the day. The robbers got back in the vehicle and drove off.
“Thank you very much for the support we received in CT news. We’ll keep shooting. We are here for the US President’s summit with the Chinese leader. And we’ll be there (as always) for CT,” Vostal wrote on X about having been robbed.
Děkuji moc za podporu, jaké se nám dostalo ve zpravodajství ČT. Budeme točit dál. Jsme tu kvůli summitu prezidenta USA s čínským vůdcem. A budeme (jako vždy) za ČT u toho. https://t.co/un4wcSCYat
— Bohumil Vostal (@BohumilVostal) November 13, 2023
APEC is an international trade conference between 21 Pacific Rim countries including the U.S. and China. It is set to culminate in a meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.
Xi arrived in San Francisco to great fanfare on Tuesday, with pro-China demonstrators waving Chinese flags and banners on the sidewalks as he passed by in his motorcade.