Teenager nabbed after theft spree in The City

After an alleged nightlong robbery spree Tuesday night, one man was arrested in the Mission district but his accomplice escaped.

Police said 18-year-old Kareem Lacayo of San Francisco approached two men as they walked on Beacon Street near Noe Valley’s Billy Goat Hill Park at 10 p.m. Lacayo allegedly robbed the men at gunpoint and jumped into a getaway car driven by another man.

At 11:45 p.m., Lacayo allegedly held up a 33-year-old man in the 300 block of Waller Street in the Lower Haight as the victim waited for a ride. Lacayo again fled in a car, described as a black sedan, that was driven by another man, police said.

Just before midnight, police said Lacayo struck again, this time at 17th and Sanchez streets in the Mission. Police said Lacayo approached two men and demanded the backpack of one victim at gunpoint.

Lacayo’s accomplice then exited a 2004 black Audi parked nearby and wrested the backpack from the man before both assailants sped off, police said.

Police said one of the men called authorities with the Audi’s license-plate number. Police spotted the car at 15th and Church streets, where Lacayo’s accomplice got out of the car and escaped. Lacayo, who was now driving, sped away from police, who allegedly saw him dump a handgun at 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.

Police arrested Lacayo after the driver of the Audi crashed into a parked car and a building in the 2100 block of Harrison Street.

He remains in County Jail facing charges of robbery, assault, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded weapon and receiving stolen property. His accomplice, who remains at large, is described as a Hispanic man with shoulder-length curly hair and a thin mustache, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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