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Five arrested in connection with holiday robberies

The San Francisco Police Department announced Wednesday that five people have been arrested in connection with a string of robberies that took place across The City.

Earlier in the holiday season SFPD noticed a seemingly connected string of robberies, where victims were attacked and robbed of jewelry, phones, purses and shopping bags. In many of these circumstances a gun was flashed to intimidate the victims.

Moraga resident Serena Sumpter, 19,  Berkeley resident Marcus Murphy, 22, Sacramento resident Katherin Wilson, 18, Oakland resident Keith Smith, 18, and Oakland resident Jayonn Blacknell, 18 were all arrested on the evening of Dec.4 after Northern Station police officers spotted a car near Gough and Sutter streets that matched the description of a vehicle used in a recent robbery.

Stolen property and firearms were discovered during the arrest. All five suspects were booked at the San Francisco County Jail, under charges of robbery, conspiracy and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Murphy, Smith and Blacknell are also accused of probation violations.

SFPD is investigating whether these suspects are connected to other robberies across the Bay Area.

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