Armed robbery spree links neighborhoods from Cow Hollow to Mission
Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
(12-11) 14:46 PST San Francisco - --
Robbery investigators are looking into a series of armed robberies that occurred in San Francisco Monday night and could be connected, police said today.
Three of the robberies occurred within a 20 minute period in Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, and Chinatown. Later in the evening, two other robberies occurred in the Mission District, then downtown near Moscone Center.
"We believe they are connected," said Lt. John Loftus, who heads the robbery detail. "It looks like there were a couple of guys in a car on a spree last night. It's really got nothing to do with the time of year, it's just one of those things where a couple of knuckleheads are out in a car and don't stop until they get what they think is enough to get them through the night."
Witnesses and victims gave investigators varying descriptions of the men, but police belive the suspects are three 18 to 25-year-old males who were driving in some type of dark-colored sedan, Loftus said. The victims all reported being robbed by two men, but investigators have reason to believe a third man was driving, he said.
In each of the first three cases, which occurred between 8:15 p.m. and 8:35 p.m., two men approached victims on the street, brandished guns, took the victim's property, then fled in a waiting car, police said. During the third robbery, one of the suspects pulled the victim to the ground and hit him on the head before fleeing, according to police.
During the fourth robbery, at about 9:40 p.m., a female victim was walking at Florida and 23rd streets in the Mission District when she was approached from behind. One suspect pointed a gun at her and demanded her money while the other grabbed her from behind and took her property, police said. The suspects fled the scene on foot.
The fifth robbery occurred at 3rd and Folsom streets about 10:12 p.m. The victim was walking by two men standing by a car when one of the men approached the victim and pointed a gun at her face. The other suspect grabbed her from behind and took her property, and then both men walked back to the car, police said.
Anyone with information about the robberies should call police at (415) 553-1201.