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

Three violent robberies reported in Castro

Photo: Rick Gerharter

Photo: Rick Gerharter

San Francisco police are investigating three violent robberies that have taken place in the Castro district in recent days.

In one incident, police said, three men approached a 61-year-old man in the 4000 block of 18th Street at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, “and asked him if he wanted to buy some property.”

The victim refused, then started to walk away, but the suspect, 31, punched him, took some paper from his pockets, and fled on foot. The suspect was arrested after a witness followed him and told responding officers where the suspect was.

The suspect’s name hasn’t been released.

The victim declined medical treatment.

In another robbery, Monday, December 21, a man was beaten and robbed in the 3500 block of 18th Street.

Police said the incident occurred at 8 p.m. when the 54-year-old male victim was on a bus. A suspect grabbed the victim’s belongings and started to walk away. The victim tried to stop him, but two other suspects punched and kicked the victim before the three attackers fled east on 18th.

The victim, whose backpack was taken, was transported with non-life threatening injuries to a hospital.

The suspects were described only as three 20-year-old black males. No arrests have been reported.

A a third robbery occurred at 2 a.m. Saturday, November 19 at Collingwood and Market streets, police said.

The incident started as the victim, 34, “was walking to his vehicle,” according to police. The suspect “pushed him from behind and knocked him down to the ground. When [the victim] got up, he realized that his cell phone had been stolen.”

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. There was no description of the suspect. No arrests have been announced.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 23, 2016 @ 4:53 pm PST
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