San Francisco bank robber caught in Bayview after cop recognized him 

A bank robber was caught in the Bayview neighborhood Sunday morning after an officer walking a foot beat recognized him.

San Francisco police apprehended and booked Earl Jason Casaclang, 32, of San Francisco for robbery of a bank and attempted street robbery.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, officers from the Bayview station responded to a bank robbery in the 2400 block of San Bruno Avenue.

According to police, witnesses say a male suspect walked up to a teller window and demanded money. The teller hesitated and the suspect threatened her by reaching under his jacket as if he had a gun, though no weapon was seen. Fearing for her life, the teller handed the man more than $1,000 and the suspect fled the bank.

On Sunday, June 19 a Bayview officer who responded to the bank robbery was walking foot patrol on San Bruno Avenue around 8:30 a.m. when he recognized a man matching the suspect description.

The officer detained Casaclang near San Bruno Avenue. He matched images obtained from bank surveillance cameras, according to police. Witnesses also positively identified Casaclang in a photo lineup.

Police say Casaclang is also a suspect in an attempted robbery on the street.

Evidence linking the suspect to the robbery was also recovered, including some of the money stolen from the bank.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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