SF: ARMED MEN STORM EXCELSIOR DISTRICT BANK, PUNCH TELLERS, ESCAPE WITH CASH
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
Three armed men burst into a bank in San Francisco's Excelsior District Friday afternoon and punched two tellers before escaping with an undisclosed sum of money, authorities said today.
According to San Francisco police spokeswoman Sgt. Lyn Tomioka, three men wearing masks and gloves, and armed with handguns, entered the Sterling Bank & Trust at 4627 Mission St. at about 3:45 p.m. and demanded money.
Two bank tellers were punched before the men took the money and fled, according to police.
Tomioka said one of the tellers was treated at a hospital.
The Police Department's initial investigation led them several blocks away to the 100 block of Florentine Street near the city's southern border, but no arrests were made.
"It doesn't appear that was where anybody lived, but that's just where the first phase of the investigation led," she said.
The incident was San Francisco's first takeover robbery this year, FBI spokesman Joe Schadler said, adding that overall bank robberies in the city are down this year from last. The FBI is assisting San Francisco police in this investigation.
"Takeovers, for a big city like San Francisco, they really are very, very rare," said Tomioka.