Spate of armed robberies plague SF last weekend

San Francisco experienced 10 armed or violent robberies last weekend, according to police.

Police said the first robbery, which happened at 5:45 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Jennings and Van Dyke streets in the Bayview, began when the two victims — a 33-year-old man and 36-year-old woman — were in their car.

A man in his 40s and a woman in her mid 30s shattered a window of the car. When one of the victims confronted the pair, the female suspect cut him with a shard of glass while her partner stole the man’s wallet.

The pair then fled and have yet to be arrested.

That night in the Tenderloin, at 7:40 p.m., a boy was robbed by a 35-year-old man near Hyde and Ellis streets. The boy thought the man put a knife to his back and took the boy’s necklace. The man has not been arrested.

In the Mission District just before midnight at 15th and Landers streets, a man in his late 20s pulled out a knife and took a 23-year-old victim’s property.

The suspect has not been arrested.

Saturday’s first robbery took place at the Twin Peaks lookout on Christmas Tree Point Road at 10:27 p.m. when a suspect in his 20s or 30s robbed a 22-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old man who were taking photos.

The suspect demanded their property and said he had a gun.

The victims handed over two cellphones, a camera and a backpack.

Saturday’s second armed robbery happen near Glen Park when a pair of pistol-wielding teens took a 43-year-old woman’s purse at midnight near the intersection of Andover Street and Crescent Avenue. The suspects, both males in their early teens, walked up to the woman and took her purse.

The pair has not been arrested.

Fifteen minutes later, about a block away, a 52-year-old woman was robbed by a pair of males, said police, though it wasn’t known if the robberies were linked.

At 12:15 a.m. near the intersection of Richland Avenue and Murray Street, one suspect pointed what the victim thought was a gun at her. She handed over her money, jewelry and cellphone before the pair ran.

The first armed robbery on Sunday took place at 3:14 a.m. near Stonestown Galleria when a male in his 20s pulled a gun on a 37-year-old woman, and then took her purse, wallet, money and cellphone and then fled.

Sunday’s second armed robbery took place near Fisherman’s Wharf when three people robbed a 21-year-old man after threatening him with a gun at 3:20 a.m., near the intersection of Hyde and Beach streets. No one has been arrested in the incident.

Sunday’s third robbery, which ultimately failed, involved a fire extinguisher and took place in the Mission District.

The 7:09 a.m. incident near Guerrero and Cesar Chavez streets began when a 26-year-old suspect tried to take an 87-year-old man’s bike.

When the victim fought back, the suspect grabbed a fire extinguisher, hit the man and then sprayed him with its contents.

The victim managed to get hold of the extinguisher and sprayed his attacker, who was later arrested.

Later that night, a woman was robbed in Dolores Park at 7 p.m. by two armed men in their late teens, one of whom was later arrested.


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