Three men were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents in the Mission district late Wednesday and early Thursday, police said.
Within five minutes, police responded to an armed robbery on 21st Street and South Van Ness Avenue and another on 22nd and Capp streets. The two intersections are on opposite ends of a single city block.
At 2:15 a.m. Thursday, a 29-year-old man was walking on South Van Ness Avenue when two men confronted him, police said. One of the men pointed a handgun at him and took his cellphone.
The other man then punched him in the chest and took his jacket and keys, police said.
The duo escaped before police arrived.
Then at 2:20 a.m., two men walked up behind a 31-year-old man and one pointed a handgun to his head on 22nd and Capp streets, police said. One of the men told the man something in Spanish before taking his cellphone and cash.
The robbers, described as men about 17 to 20 years old, then fled south on Capp Street.
Before midnight Wednesday, a 45-year-old man was robbed of his cash and gold chain by four young men with a semi-automatic handgun on 21st and Capp streets, a block away from the other incidents.
The men walked up behind him around 11:28 p.m. before blocking his path and going through his pockets, police said. They took the chain from his neck and fled the area.
No arrests have been made in any of the robberies. It’s unclear whether the incidents were related or not.
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