Owner of popular SF truffle shop attacked, rescued by 13-year-old son

Published 10:46 am PDT, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

On Monday, the owner of famed North Beach truffle shop XOX Truffles was attacked by a stranger outside his store.

According to SFPD’s report of the incident, owner Jean Marc Gorce asked a man to leave his store for disturbing customers. After some force from Gorce (shown on a video from the store’s surveillance camera), the man exited the shop, but continued to disturb customers who were eating outside.

Gorce exited the shop to confront him — however, he tripped and fell to the ground as he stepped outside. It was then he says the man put him in a choke hold.

“I tried to step forward to push him away from the area where my store is on the sidewalk, but because my leg is not so good, I fell down on the ground and he got me in a headlock,” said Gorce.

It was Gorce’s 13-year-old son Sebastien, who was working in the back of the store, who came to his rescue. Hearing his father yelling for help, Sebastien grabbed a baseball bat and threatened the alleged attacker, who then ran off.

“If it wasn’t for my son, I think I’d be dead now,” said Gorce. “I really feel that my son saved my life.”

The man then returned to the store three hours later, when police arrested him. According to SFPD, the suspect is Paul Anghilante, a 51-year-old San Francisco resident, who was arrested for “aggravated assault, threats, and false imprisonment.”

As reported by KPIX, court documents show that a man with the same name and date of birth was convicted of possession of methamphetamine in Oregon in 2017.

Gorce has owned XOX Truffles for 22 years now, and says that when the store first opened, nothing like this ever happened — but now, these incidents are commonplace.

Madeline Wells is an SFGate editorial assistant. Email: madeline.wells@sfgate.com | Twitter: @madwells22

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