San Francisco police are investigating several incidents from yesterday (Wednesday, January 14) and today (Thursday, January 15) including a hold-up in the Castro and robberies and beatings near Dolores Park and in the Tenderloin. No arrests have been made in any of the incidents.
A man entered a business in the 400 block of Castro Street, approached a kiosk, and handed the a note “demanding money,” Officer Grace Gatpandan said in a summary of the incident. The victim, 24, complied. The suspect is described as a white male, 25-45, who’s 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He fled on foot northbound on Castro.
No injuries were reported. Gatpandan said money was taken, but she didn’t say how much. She indicated no weapons were used.
An employee of US Bank, 443 Castro Street, indicated that his branch was the one involved, but he said bank employees are prohibited from discussing the incident. He referred questions to someone in the bank’s administration, who didn’t immediately return a phone message.
Gatpandan said the incident occurred at 8:45 p.m., which is outside the bank’s hours of operation.
[Update, Thursday, January 15]: Gatpandan said in an email Thursday afternoon that “the bank is not the victim” in the incident. “I cannot disclose the name of the business,” she said. [End update]
At 2:13 a.m. today, a 46-year-old man was approached by two men at 20th and Church streets, near Dolores Park. The suspects struck the victim with a stick “and took his cellphone, backpack, and sketchbook” before fleeing, Gatpandan said. She said one of the suspects is a black male, 20-25, who’s 5 feet 10 inches tall.
The victim suffered non-life threatening lacerations to his head and finger and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
Robberies in the city’s streets appear to have increased in recent days, based on the number of incidents police have released summaries of.
At 3:15 a.m. a man was sleeping on the ground in the first block of Larkin Street when four men punched him in the stomach and face, then “stole his backpack and fled,” Gatpandan said. The incident occurred in the Tenderloin district, which is home to many LGBTs. Police didn’t indicate the victim is gay.
The victim, 37, was left with a bloody nose and neck and rib pain. The loss was reported as his backpack, clothing, and toiletries were taken. He was taken to a local hospital for his non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information related to the incidents may call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to 847411 and type SFPD, then the message.
The incident numbers are 150 042 085 for the bank robbery, 150 043 572 for the robbery near Dolores Park, and 150 043 629 for the robbery in the Tenderloin.