Burgundy car bandits go on robbery spree in Sunset, Oakland boy arrested

Roving bandits in a distinctive burgundy car robbed three people within minutes of each other early Sunday in the Sunset district.

Officers later tracked one of the robbers, a 17-year-old Oakland boy, to that city and arrested him, police said.

A 23-year-old man reported being robbed at 12:19 a.m. in the 1800 block of 38th Avenue, according to San Francisco police. The man said he was approached by three men, one of whom pointed a gun at his back and demanded his money. A second suspect searched his vehicle while a third went through his pockets.

After taking the man’s cell phone, car and house keys, wallet and credit cards, the suspects fled in a burgundy sedan, police said.

A similar vehicle showed up four minutes later at the intersection of 28th Avenue and Judah Street, where three men jumped out of the car and robbed a 20-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman, according to police.

One suspect punched the first woman in the face several times and pushed her to the ground, and another suspect threatened to kill the second woman, police said. Their purses, keys, credit cards and a cellphone were taken.

The suspects fled in what was described as a burgundy, 1980s four-door Oldsmobile.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza confirmed Monday that the robberies were believed to be related.

The Oakland boy is believed to have taken part in both robberies and punched the woman in the second robbery, and was booked on three counts of robbery and one count of assault, Esparza said. His name was not released because of his juvenile status. No other arrests have been made.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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