Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Man robbed at gunpoint on Castro area street

A man was robbed at gunpoint in the Castro area late Wednesday night (Wednesday, September 28) not far from the neighborhood’s bars and the Metropolitan Community Church-San Francisco.

The incident occurred at 11:25 p.m. near 220 Eureka Street. The victim, identified as Jason Trevino, reported to police that he was texting and walking down the west side of Eureka when two men walking up the street approached him.

One suspect pulled a black, semi-automatic handgun from his back and pointed it at Trevino, saying, “Give me everything you have, your money, your wallet, everything,” according to police.

Trevino reported that the second suspect then took his messenger bag, which contained an iPod and other items. Trevino gave the man his cell phone and wallet, which contained $30 and his Visa bank card, among other possessions.

The first suspect, who pointed his gun at Trevino throughout the incident, said, “You have five seconds. Run. Five, four, three, two … ,” Trevino reported.

He told officers that he immediately began running up Eureka toward 19th Street and didn’t look back to see where the suspects went, but that he would be able to recognize both of the men. He wasn’t injured during the incident.

Trevino called police minutes after the incident from a friend’s phone. The officers who responded weren’t able to locate any surveillance cameras or other evidence of the robbery near the scene, they reported. The incident occurred in a part of the street that is mostly residential.

After making his report, Trevino later called police again and told them that someone had charged $1 to his stolen bank card, but he couldn’t provide the exact time, location, or nature of the purchase.

Other officers soon reported that while searching near the 500 block of Eureka for a suspicious vehicle, they located what appeared to be Trevino’s messenger bag and work identification.

The first suspect is described as a black man, 22 to 27 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark baseball hat cocked to the right with a blue logo; a dark, baggy T-shirt; and dark jeans.

The second suspect is described as a black man, 5 feet 9 inches, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark red baseball cap with a New Era logo on the side; a dark, baggy T-shirt; dark jeans; and diamond earrings.

No arrests have been made. Police provided a copy of the report to the Bay Area Reporter. Trevino, who lives in San Francisco, hasn’t responded to interview requests. His age hasn’t been released

The incident Wednesday occurred just hours after out gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro and other neighborhoods, spoke to San Francisco’s Police Commission, Police Chief Greg Suhr, Mission District residents, and others about safety in the Castro.

He said that despite what people often think, the neighborhood isn’t a crime-free “bubble.” There are “quite a few robberies and assaults that don’t always get reported,” said Wiener, who was speaking at a Police Commission meeting at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. “… We need to learn how to take care of ourselves and be safe and be aware.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 29, 2011 @ 7:53 pm PST
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