Thursday, August 14, 2008

Man Arrested For Series of Violent Robberies



San Francisco police today announced the arrest of a 46-year-old man suspected in a series of robberies and attacks on elderly victims in the city's lower Nob Hill neighborhood.

Dwayne Whitaker, of San Francisco, is suspected of robbing eight victims, all between the ages of 68 and 86, including one woman, since July 11, according to police.

In each of the cases, police believe the victims were trailed on foot as they walked home, and then confronted in their apartment lobbies.

Police said in the course of each robbery, the victims were brutally assaulted.

One victim was stabbed and another struck with a metal pipe, police said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, though one male victim had a non-fatal heart attack while being treated for his injuries at the hospital.

Whitaker was arrested Wednesday night following an attempted robbery in an apartment building lobby in the 1000 block of Jones Street, according to police.

Both the 55-year-old male victim and two neighbors detained him before police arrived, police said.

Whitaker was booked on charges of robbery, attempted robbery and aggravated assault, and remains in custody, police reported.

Others who may have been a robbery victim of the suspect are asked to contact Sgt. Scott Warnke of the robbery detail at (415) 553-1201.

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Anonymous said...

The San Francisco news media knew this was going on for well over one month and kept quiet. Incredible!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I live in the 1300 block of Jones Street and had absolutely no idea that someone was mugging and assaulting people in my neighborhood. I'd like the Chronicle to run a police blotter of the more important crimes, so that we can be better informed and take precautions. Otherwise we take risks without knowing so.