Arrests made in robbery at center of controversy over slow police response

After drawing scrutiny for taking four hours to respond to a violent robbery at a bakery in the Excelsior, San Francisco police announced on Monday that two people have been arrested in the case.

Taiepisi Gutu, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy were arrested last Thursday after surveillance video linked them to the robbery at the Good Orchard Bakery on Mission Street between Persia and Ocean avenues.

Guti and the juvenile allegedly assaulted the owner of the bakery and stole his cash when he returned from a nearby bank at around 12:25 p.m. on Jan. 19, according to police. Though the owner called 911 and reported the robbery, police did not respond to the scene until around 4:30 p.m.

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Police Chief Bill Scott has since apologized for the slow police response and said that no units were immediately available to respond. Scott also said the caller did not speak English, but a translator assisted him.

Both the San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Emergency Management, which received the call at the dispatch center, said they would review what went wrong.

Gutu was booked into County Jail on suspicion of four felonies including second-degree robbery and battery with serious bodily injury. He is being held on $215,000 bail.

It’s unclear whether he has been formally charged.

The other suspect has not been identified because he is a juvenile.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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