Robber tells victim he didn't know she was poor 

After robbing a woman at gunpoint for $3, a thug in The City told the victim, “I didn’t realize you were poor,” police said.

The man robbed the woman as she was walking on California Street near 26th Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 20, police said.

He at first told the woman that his car had been broken into and he needed $40 to get back to New Mexico. The victim said all she had was $3, police said.

As she reached in her back pocket to get the money, the suspect placed a hard metal object to her stomach, cops said.

“The suspect then asked the woman if she was sure that was all she had, and said they could go to the ATM together,” police said.

The woman insisted she only had $3. The suspect took cash before saying he “didn’t realize” she was poor, police said. He then fled.

Later in the day, cops arrested a 39-year-old suspect for the crime. He was in the middle of the street at 25th Avenue and El Camino Del Mar, stopping cars and asking for money, police said.

The victim positively identified him, cops said, and he was charged with robbery.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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