(Courtesy SFPD)

(Courtesy SFPD)

Arrest made in ‘motorcycle bandit’ robberies

An arrest has been made in connection with a series of armed robberies in December and January that police dubbed the “motorcycle bandit” robberies.

Police arrested Ricardo Jose Escobar Hernandez, 27, on the evening of January 17 after serving a search warrant in San Pablo. He has been charged with four counts of second degree robbery, two counts of vehicle theft and two counts of possession of stolen property.

Hernandez has been linked to several San Francisco robberies starting on December 6, 2018, when a Eureka Valley neighborhood market was robbed by a man brandishing a firearm at the cashier. The suspect fled on a motorcycle, according to police.

Within an hour, an Inner Sunset district gas station less than two miles away from the market was robbed in the same manner

The following month on January 11, another armed suspect on a motorcycle thought to be Hernandez robbed a Marina District gas station. One day later a Marina District restaurant was robbed at gunpoint.

Hernandez has also been linked to seven additional robberies in the Bay Area since his arrest, according to police.

He was arraigned on January 23, and is next scheduled to appear in court on March 14th for a detention hearing. He is currently being held without bail.

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