SF police bust bike-riding ‘Brown Holster’ bandit 

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A crooked cowboy dubbed the “Brown Holster Serial Robber” has been connected to several pistol-toting robberies in The City, riding off with stolen loot on his trusted steed: A bicycle.

Huterra Gaston, 50, of San Francisco, was arrested last week following an armed robbery in the area of Sixth and Market streets, police Officer Albie Esparza said Wednesday.

Gaston was linked to at least three other armed robberies because of a distinctive brown leather holster he wore. The suspect in each robbery also fled on a bicycle.

On Oct. 17 around 8:25 a.m., the suspect swiped a victim’s iPod at Sixth and Market streets. The victim pleaded for the device’s return. But the suspect lifted his jacket and exposed a black handgun inside a brown letter holster, police said. The suspect then “punched the victim in the chest and fled on a bicycle.”

After the victim called 911, responding police caught up to Gaston at Seventh and Market streets, an intersection known to be a black market for stolen items, Esparza said.

The previous day around 1:20 a.m., a similarly described robbery occurred on Mason Street near Turk Street, though the suspect was unsuccessful. He demanded money from victims after pulling a handgun from a brown holster, police said. The suspect fled toward Market Street after the victims said they needed to use an ATM to give him cash.

Less than two hours later in the area of Powell and Market streets, the same suspect robbed victims of cash and a cellphone, again fleeing on a bicycle.

On Oct. 15 at Fifth and Mission streets, a two-wheeling, brown-holster wearing suspect robbed a victim of his cellphone, police said.

“It’s great that investigators were able to link multiple cases to one suspect and take this person off the street,” Esparza said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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