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Eyewitness Focus

One well-known problem with eyewitnesses is that they are sometimes focused on one aspect and don't see or don't remember other aspects.  The most common example is the armed robbery victim who is understandably focused on the gun and can't describe the robber.

Ellen Huet of the SF Chronicle has this twist on the witness focus phenomenon:

A woman intentionally rammed her car into a man's car while arguing over a parking spot in the Haight, but the victim was so focused on her low-cut dress that all he could describe to officers afterward were her breasts, San Francisco police said Thursday.

The woman drove away after hitting the man's car at Haight and Cole streets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Park Station Officer Al Wu. The man couldn't tell officers what kind of car it was, let alone supply a license-plate number, but he "was able to give a detailed description of the suspect's cleavage," police said.

No one has been arrested.

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