Three suspects linked to multiple SF carjackings, robberies

Three suspects arrested in connection with a Bayview District carjacking earlier this month have been linked to other carjacking and robbery cases, police said Wednesday.

The suspects were arrested last Thursday after officers spotted their vehicle in the 1200 block of Fitzgerald Street.

The vehicle matched the description of one used in a carjacking that had occurred the previous day on Aug. 9 in the Candlestick Point area, police said.

In the Candlestick Point case, an 18-year-old man was sitting in his parked vehicle in the 600 block of Jamestown Avenue around noon when a vehicle pulled up with five suspects in it.

Two of them approached the victim and one, who was armed with a handgun, ordered the victim out of the car and stole his car keys and cellphone before driving away with his car.

Investigators have also linked the suspects to a carjacking on Aug. 5 in which a 20-year-old man was robbed of his car in the India Basin Shoreline Park.

The victim on that day was leaning on his parked vehicle when two masked suspects approached him, police said.

When one of them pointed a gun at him and ordered him to the ground, the frightened victim jumped into his car to try to get away but the suspects dragged him out and pistol-whipped him before driving away with his vehicle, police said.

Police also believe the arrested suspects were involved in the robbery of a pizza delivery driver in the 1500 block of LaSalle Avenue on Aug. 7.

The driver in that case was trying to deliver a pizza when a vehicle pulled up and a suspect in a ski mask got out and approached his vehicle, which had an open passenger door.

The delivery driver ran up and asked the suspect to step away from his vehicle, but the suspect grabbed him by the shirt, told him he had a gun and demanded his car keys.

The victim told the suspect he needed the car and was able to persuade the suspect to take the cash from his wallet instead.

The suspect took the money and drove away from the scene.

All three suspects have been booked on suspicion of multiple carjacking and robbery offenses, police said. Their names were not immediately available.

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