A couple of Cadillac crooks were arrested Monday in connection with a series of violent muggings in the Mission district that night, police said.
The suspects allegedly terrorized their victims with a box cutter in three separate street robberies during a half-hour period starting at 10:15 p.m., police said.
The robbers’ getaway car was a red, 4-door Cadillac, police said. Cops have not released the identities of the suspects, but say one is a 21-year-old South City man and the other a 23-year-old Daly City man.
The first robbery occurred at 15th and Dolores streets. A 43-year-old man was robbed of his cell phone, backpack and iPod, police said.
The victim tried to fight the suspects off and suffered a minor cut to his neck during the struggle, police said.
A little over 15 minutes later, a 54-year-old man was robbed of cash and his backpack at 19th and Noe streets, police said. One of the suspects grabbed the victim by his throat and threatened him with the box cutter during the course of the robbery, police said.
The final attack happened less than 10 minutes later at 20th and Dolores streets, police said. The suspects briefly choked a 36-year-old woman while robbing her purse and then fled, police said.
Cops spotted the suspects’ Cadillac only a few blocks away and a pursuit ensued, police said. The Cadillac’s driver pulled over at the Chevron gas station at San Jose Avenue and Sagamore Street, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.
One suspect, a passenger in the vehicle, hopped out and ran, but was caught soon after, Dangerfield said.
The Cadillac tore out of the gas station with the second suspect, he said. The pursuit continued till San Jose Avenue at Goethe Street, where the suspect surrendered, he said.
The victims’ description of the suspects and their getaway vehicle helped link the robberies, Dangerfield said.
Police are investigating whether the suspects are linked to other muggings in The City, he said.