Gun-toting punks plunder women's purses

The nerve of these thugs!

Two women were terrorized by two gunmen in separate purse-snatchings Thursday.

One masked, gun-toting man had the gall to rob a woman walking with her three children in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood Thursday afternoon, according to San Francisco police.

In horror-movie fashion, he wore a black mask as he crept up behind the 31-year-old woman at Velasco Avenue and Sawyer Street about 3:30 p.m. He grabbed a hold of the purse on her left shoulder, then pulled out a handgun and demanded the bag, police said.

The suspect fled with the purse, which had cash, the woman’s house keys and her Social Security card.

The woman and children were not hurt, police said.

Later Thursday, about 8:20 p.m., a brazen armed robber snatched another woman’s purse at gunpoint in a busy downtown corridor.

The 60-year-old woman was walking at Sansome and Union streets, near Levi’s Plaza, police said. The suspect, believed to be a man in his early 20s, demanded the woman’s purse, then fled in a gray vehicle with another man.

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