Thursday, September 13, 2007

S.F. father, son seek justice for suspected robber, end up in jail

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, September 13, 2007
Shooting in Western Addition. Chronicle Graphic

It first appeared to be an all-too-typical drive-by shooting in San Francisco's troubled Western Addition - distinguished only because it was witnessed by a member of the city's Board of Supervisors.

But police now say the incident was far darker: an extreme case of vigilante vengeance involving a father and his 16-year-old son against a supposed street robber blamed for holding up the youth on the way to school.

The 39-year-old father, after being summoned to the scene by his son, allegedly ran over the suspected robber in the family car and then urged his son to shoot the prone man in the street. Authorities say he did. Somehow, the man survived. Both father and son now face attempted murder charges.

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