Three charged in armed robbery of SF taxi driver

Three Concord men are facing multiple charges after allegedly robbing a San Francisco taxi driver at gunpoint this month and then shooting at him when he chased after them, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.

The 43-year-old taxi driver had been waiting for a fare in the 700 block of Arguello Boulevard about 1 a.m. Dec. 12 when two of the men approached him and demanded money, police said. One pointed a gun at the cabbie.

Fearing for his life, the driver gave the men his valuables. They then fled in a silver Lexus sport utility vehicle driven by a third suspect, police said.

When the taxi driver followed the SUV while calling 911, he was shot at but was not hit, police said.

A short time later, officers spotted the SUV, stopped it and arrested occupants Darnell Hester, 31, and Douglas Dennett, 20.

Two loaded handguns and a stun gun were found inside the car, police said.

Hester’s 25-year-old brother, Daniel, who was believed to have jumped out of the car and fled before police arrived, was arrested in Concord three days later.

All three men are facing robbery and weapons charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Darnell Hester has additionally been charged with assault with a firearm.

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