San Francisco police catch crooks who pistol-whipped, robbed cabbie

Video surveillance footage from a San Francisco taxicab led to the arrest of two suspects — including a 14-year-old boy — wanted in connection with the violent robbery of a cab driver on July 10.

Police have been hunting three thugs who pistol-whipped a 66-year-old cabbie twice during the early-morning heist in the North of the Panhandle neighborhood.

The robbers traveled only a few blocks in the cab to Grove and Lyon streets before one of the suspects demanded cash, police said. Two of the suspects hit the cabbie over the head with their handguns. They stole $120 cash, then fled the cab on foot, cops said.

The driver was not seriously injured.

Footage from the cab’s surveillance camera helped track down two suspects.

On Friday night, a Park Station cop saw a man he recognized from the video near Haight Street and Masonic Avenue. Kevin Richard, 19, of Treasure Island, was arrested after a short foot chase in which he punched one of the officers in the face, police said.

On Monday, a second suspect, a 14-year-old boy, was arrested in the Haight area in connection to the robbery. Officers also recognized the teen from cabbie cam footage, police said. The young boy, an Oakland resident who was not identified because he is a minor, is known to cops and frequents the Haight area, police said.

Police are still hunting the third suspect, whose face did not appear as clearly as the other suspects in the camera footage, police said.

Security cameras in San Francisco cabs have been credited for a crackdown on crimes against taxi drivers. Surveillance footage from inside a taxicab helped cops catch a suspect accused of stealing a Picasso sketch from a Union Square art gallery on July 5.

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