San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with a Thursday, December 12 robbery in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, and they’re also investigating another robbery that occurred in the area Thursday.
The first incident happened at 3:45 a.m. Thursday at 18th and Castro streets when Leroy Carr, 42, of San Francisco, allegedly entered a store there, grabbed several T-shirts, and left. An employee followed Carr out of the shop and up the block toward Market Street, Officer Albie Esparza, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman, said in an incident summary.
According to Esparza, when the employee, who’s 28, asked Carr to return the shirts, Carr turned around, pulled a knife, and threatened to cut him. Carr allegedly fled but was later arrested on charges of robbery, possession of stolen property, and possession of a switchblade knife with a blade longer than two inches. His booking photo wasn’t immediately available.
Carr, who has a court date set for Monday, December 16, is expected to be formally charged with robbery, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office. Prosecutors will also request that Carr’s probation on a previous case be revoked.
The store involved appears to be the Walgreens at 498 Castro Street, which is open 24 hours, but a store employee said Friday, December 13 that he wasn’t aware of the incident.
The second robbery occurred at 11 p.m. Thursday when a vehicle carrying four suspects drove up to a man standing at Douglass and Carson streets. At least one of the suspects pushed him to the ground. One man held a knife to the 40-year-old victim’s face while two other suspects went through his pockets and took his money, identification, and other property.
The suspects then fled in their vehicle, which in a brief interview Esparza described as an “older” silver vehicle. The license plate number wasn’t available. Police haven’t made any arrests in the incident. The victim was left with a bump on his head and scrapes on his arms and legs.
Esparza described two of the suspects as white men aged 20 to 30, while he said the other two were white women of unknown age.
Anyone with information in the case may contact the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 131 046 628.