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

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

SF e-scooters burst into flames in Golden Gate Park, ex-contractor reveals

Photographs obtained Wednesday by the San Francisco Examiner show the charred remains of at least two Skip e-scooters

SF politico who authored vape ban takes money from JUUL lobbyist, returns it after media call

Supervisor Shamann Walton made national news after he proverbially smoked e-cigarette company… Continue reading

8 months later, SF has yet to put new conservatorship program into effect

Implementation of SB1045 delayed by need for superior court approval

Stories of political struggle on tap for SF Opera’s 98th season

‘Fidelio,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Der Zwerg’ come to War Memorial

Chinatown fixture Yuet Lee prepares for New Year with new leadership in the kitchen

Although Chinese New Year is a holiday, at newly anointed legacy business… Continue reading

Most Read