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

Two booked in Castro phone store robbery

Photo: Rick Gerharter

Photo: Rick Gerharter

Two San Francisco residents have been booked into custody after allegedly robbing a Castro phone store Tuesday night.

According to Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, the September 15 incident started at 7:40 p.m. when Dante Roper, 29, and Jasmine Ann Davis, 27, entered the shop, which is in the 2100 block of Market Street.

Davis distracted a salesman, 26, while Roper tried to pull a phone from a security wire, Esparza said in an incident summary.

An alarm sounded, and the salesman told Roper “to stop, which he did,” Esparza said.

But Davis allegedly distracted the salesman again, and Roper allegedly took phones from the security wire and tried to leave the store.

When the salesman and another man, 22, attempted to stop Roper, he tried to punch the salesman, Esparza said, while the other victim grabbed the phones from Roper.

Roper and Davis allegedly fled on Market but were detained and booked into custody on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy.

No injuries were reported.

Esparza didn’t specify which phone store had been targeted, but it appears to be the Verizon store at 2199 Market Street.

Someone who answered the phone at the shop today (Wednesday, September 16) said staff weren’t allowed to comment on the incident.

In another incident earlier Tuesday, a transgender woman stole make-up from a Market Street pharmacy.

Esparza, who identified the suspect as trans, said the robbery occurred at 8:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Market.

The woman walked into the shop and began concealing make-up products in her purse. When the victim, 30, approached her, she pointed pepper spray at him, Esparza said. The victim called police, and the woman fled.

No detailed description of the suspect was available, but she appeared to be 25 to 30 years old, Esparza said.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 16, 2015 @ 5:26 pm PST
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