AK-47 used to rob family in Tenderloin

A local family — including a 7-year-old child — was robbed Sunday night in the drug-addled Tenderloin by two suspects armed with powerful assault weaponry.

With the child in the back seat, the couple were sitting in a parked rental car on Turk Street — just off of Market Street — at 9:36 p.m. when the robbery took place, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

One suspect had an AK-47 assault rifle, a Russian-designed Kalashnikov that is one of the first assault rifles ever designed. The AK-47 is one of many assault weapons banned under California law as of Aug. 16, 2000, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

The other suspect held a semi-automatic handgun. Both approached the family on foot and pointed their weapons at the family demanding cash, according to San Francisco police.

The family turned over $250 to $300 incash as the suspects fled in a white four-door sedan, according to police.

The family immediately drove up to police officers conducting a traffic stop on Taylor Street and notified them of the robbery. San Francisco police chased the sedan down Sixth Street and onto southbound Interstate 280 but lost the suspects in the Cesar Chavez area, Gittens said.

The suspects, who include a third man driving the getaway car, are black men, roughly 20 years old, and between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, according to police.

Police recently arrested more than 100 drug dealers in The City when they conducted a series of so-called “buy-busts” in October. During a buy-bust, an undercover officer poses as a drug user to buy drugs from a dealer. The dealers were predominantly from out of town but the deals occurred mostly in the Tenderloin, the Mission and Market Street areas.

Anyone with information should call the San Francisco police anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

dsmith@examiner.com

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