Muggers' spree foiled by victims, cops

The fourth time was almost the charm for some unlucky robbers who allegedly planned a crime spree that met with limited success in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Police arrested three men from the East Bay on Tuesday night after they allegedly tried to rob three different people in the space of about 10 minutes before finally removing a wallet from their fourth victim.

The thieves had little time to revel in their long-sought success, however, because police arrested them minutes later.

Between 10:15 and 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, the men accosted three different victims around Powell and Bush streets. The first victim, a man holding a briefcase, fought off punches and attempts to grab the briefcase before he ducked into a pizza parlor as the crooks broke off the attempt, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

The next two victims simply ran from the thieves. One managed to duck behind a locked apartment building security gate, while another simply ran, yelling for help, until the thieves ended the chase, Mannina said.

Finally, the three men allegedly followed a hotel worker through an employee entrance on the 400 block of Sutter Street, where they beat him and took his wallet, Mannina said.

Minutes later, police spotted the men on the corner of Bush and Powell streets and arrested them.

Marcus Ray Spencer, 22, of Union City, was charged with attempted robbery, conspiracy, resisting arrest and furnishing a police officer with wrong identification.

Maurice Dashawn Shepard, 19, of Union City, and Darryl Terrence Bernard, 18, of Newark, were both booked on one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy and three counts of attempted robbery, Mannina said.

“It appears that the mere factthat the victims in this case fought was enough to ward off the robberies,” Mannina said.

amartin@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

Just Posted

Pharmacist Hank Chen is known for providing personalized service at Charlie’s Pharmacy in the Fillmore.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Left: A Walgreens at 300 Gough St. is among San Francisco stores closing.
Walgreens closures open the door for San Francisco’s neighborhood pharmacies

‘I think you’ll see more independents start to pop up’

San Franciscans are likely to have the opportunity to vote in four different elections in 2022. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Electionpalooza: SF school board recall will kick off a flurry of local races

‘It’s going to be a lot of elections and a lot of decisions for voters to make’

Four young politicos were elected to city government on the Peninsula in 2020. From left: Redwood City Councilmember Michael Smith; South San Francisco Councilmember James Coleman; Redwood City Councilmember Lissette Espinoza-Garnica; and East Palo Alto Councilmember Antonio Lopez.<ins> (Examiner illustration/Courtesy photos)</ins>
Progressive politicians rise to power on the Peninsula. Will redistricting reverse the trend?

‘There’s this wave of young people really trying to shake things up’

The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>
How the vape king of teen nicotine addiction rose and fell in San Francisco

‘Hey, Juul, don’t let the door hit you on the way out’

Most Read