This Feb. 6, 2020 photo shows San Francisco Public Works director Mohammed Nuru, left, exiting a federal court before attorney Ismail Ramsey in San Francisco. On Monday February 10, 2020, Mayor London Breed announced the resignation of Nuru, who was charged with public corruption for attempting to steer public contracts and accept expensive gifts. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN / KRON) – Former director of the public works department Mohammed Nuru was arrested Wednesday for attempted robbery with a knife.

Police responded around 11:20 a.m. at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank on the 1000 block of Marin Street in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood.

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A victim there told officials that a man walked up to him, brandished a knife, and then demanded the victim’s property. The victim was able to escape and call the police.

Police identified the suspect as Nuru, the embattled former city official who resigned from his post last year after being arrested by federal officials on suspicion of wire fraud.

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Nuru is a regular volunteer with them, according to the San Francisco Marin Food Bank.

In January 2020, Nuru was arrested by federal agents along with Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant owner Nick Bovis for allegedly bribing a San Francisco International Airport inspector for help in obtaining a restaurant license.

Nuru’s arrest sparked an ongoing investigation into corruption in the city, with investigators alleging that Nuru had accepted numerous bribes and kickbacks over the years in exchange for favorable treatment of city contracts.

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Since Nuru’s arrest, a dozen defendants have been tried in federal court in connection with the corruption investigation, including former director general of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Harlan Kelly and former neighborhood services director Sandra Zuniga.

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