Suspect in more than 20 armed robberies arrested

A suspect believed to be responsible for more than 20 armed robberies in San Francisco within the last three months has been apprehended, San Francisco police announced Tuesday morning.

Two Northern Station police officers spotted 23-year-old Jamaar Melton of Oakland on Saturday after a description was broadcast of a suspect who had robbed a Blockbuster Video store at 160 Church St. around 2:30 p.m. that day.

When officers approached Melton, he allegedly fled on foot, discarding a loaded gun, clothing and money taken during the alleged robbery, according to police. Officers pursued Melton and placed him in custody.

Police believe Melton is a suspect in more than 20 armed robberies of commercial establishments in the city’s Mission, Northern, Sunset and Richmond districts since Oct. 26, 2007. Melton allegedly held up food stores, telephone communication stores, an auto supply shop, a restaurant and two video stores, among other businesses, according to police.

Melton is being charged with multiple counts of robbery and weapons possession.

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