Rommel Narvaez, suspect shot by police in Marina, linked to Craigslist scams

Courtesy of San Francisco Police DepartmentRommel Narvaez

The man who was shot by police in the Marina district last weekend after allegedly firing off gunshots had just attempted to rob another man whom he met through a Craigslist ad to buy an iPhone, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Wednesday during a community meeting.

Rommel Narvaez, a 19-year-old San Francisco resident, also happens to be facing charges on the Peninsula over other Craigslist scams, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Narvaez remained at the hospital Wednesday following the broad daylight officer-involved shooting in the Marina on Sunday.

Narvaez is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on multiple charges including attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

The incident, according to police, began about 12:30 p.m. in front of the ATM at the Bank of America at the corner of Chestnut and Pierce streets, where Narvaez reportedly was supposed to purchase the phone from the victim.

Narvaez allegedly pistol-whipped the man and fired the gun several times, although the victim was not hit and managed to flee the attack in a vehicle with a female driver. The pair were later located in the East Bay and interviewed by police.

Suhr also said Wednesday that Narvaez’s gun had blanks and not real bullets.

After the attack Narvaez reportedly fled eastbound on Toledo Way and hid in a bush at Mallorca and Capra ways. After responding officers commanded him to give himself up, he emerged from the bush and turned the firearm on the officers, several of whom fired shots, police said.

Narvaez's arrest in San Francisco means he likely won't be able to show up for the start of his jury trial in San Mateo County, where he's facing two counts of robbery and two counts of assault with a firearm in connection with incidents in Daly City in April.

On April 7 and 8, police said, Narvaez posted Craigslist ads offering iPhones for sale and lured two victims to locations in Daly City, where he allegedly robbed them.

Narvaez was reportedly out of custody on $150,000 bail before Sunday's incident in San Francisco.

A jury trial in the Daly City cases was scheduled for Dec. 2, but that likely will be postponed while he faces charges in San Francisco, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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