Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Man arrested in Castro robbery

Andre Sherman in a 2012 booking photo (Photo: SFPD)

Andre Sherman in a 2012 booking photo (Photo: SFPD)

A 61-year-old San Francisco man is in custody after he allegedly robbed another man early Wednesday morning in the Castro district.

According to police, the  incident occurred just before 2 a.m. at Castro and 18th streets. The victim, 31, was talking to the suspect , identified as Andre Sherman, when Sherman allegedly pushed him “up against a pole and held onto him while going through his pockets,” police said.

Sherman then allegedly stole the victim’s cellphone, ran into a nearby cab and fled. A witness called police and gave a description of the cab. Police responded, arrested Sherman, and recovered the cellphone.

Sherman is being held without bond in San Francisco County Jail #2 on suspicion of robbery, false imprisonment, false identification to a peace officer, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and probation violation.

Sheriff’s department records indicate he’s been on probation for stealing a car, and his previous charges also include petty theft. His arraignment date for the new charges wasn’t immediately available.

Asked in a brief jailhouse interview Wednesday afternoon whether he’d robbed anyone, Sherman said, “Of course not.” He said that he’d had a friend’s phone. He also denied pushing anyone.

“I never manhandled anybody. … I didn’t take anyone’s phone,” said Sherman, who sat hunched over and kept his head turned away during much of the interview. He mostly spoke slowly and was sometimes unintelligible.

In February 2012, Sherman pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft as part of a plea deal stemming from an incident the previous month. In that case, four off-duty police were at gay Badlands bar in the Castro when Sherman took one of their jackets – a $550 Juicy Couture garment – and left.

The officers pursued Sherman, who’s also known as Undra Sherman, and he was eventually apprehended about half a block away, police said at the time. He received a suspended imposition of sentence with one year of probation in the case, in which he was initially charged with felony grand theft of property and receiving or buying stolen property.

In 2015, a man posted a video to YouTube, apparently of Sherman, with a comment that said Sherman “is a career criminal that stocks and robs drunk people I have personally witnessed him stealing from several customers. DA and police have done little to help.” The man’s Facebook profile says that he’s a bartender at the gay bar Toad Hall and a former Badlands bartender.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 17, 2018 @ 10:25 am PST
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