Four people were robbed in three recent incidents in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, according to police. Guns were used in two of the robberies.
The most recent incident occurred at 1:50 a.m. Monday when a man approached two women who were walking near 20th and Castro streets, pointed a gun at them, and demanded their purses. The women complied, and the suspect, who was described only as a 25-year-old black male, fled north on Castro.
The victims were 21 and 22 years old, according to Officer Gizelle Talkoff, a police spokeswoman.
Less than an hour before that incident, at 1 a.m., a man approached a man who was walking home in the 200 block of Diamond Street and started a conversation with him. The suspect then punched the victim, who fell to the ground, and took his phone before fleeing.
The victim, 32, was left with a bruise to the head and chipped teeth, Talkoff said in a summary. He was taken to a hospital.
Talkoff described the suspect only as a black male in his 20s.
The first robbery happened at 1 a.m. Friday at 18th and Hattie streets, which was the site of another robbery just days earlier.
In Friday’s incident, the suspect approached the victim, who was “putting his belongings into his car,” aimed a gun at him, and demanded his property, Talkoff said. The victim, who’s 41, complied, and the man fled to a waiting getaway car, which drove off south on 18th.
The man’s cellphone, wallet, ID cards, and credit cards were taken.
Talkoff described the armed suspect only as a black male between the ages of 17 and 20.