Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Two men robbed with guns in Castro incidents

A giant rainbow flag overlooks San Francisco’s Castro district. Photo: Rick Gerharter

A giant rainbow flag overlooks San Francisco’s Castro district. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Two men walking in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood were robbed with guns last night (Tuesday, June 16) in separate incidents. Police provided limited suspect descriptions that suggested the robberies may be related, but it hasn’t been confirmed that the cases are linked.

[Update]: Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman, said in an email, “These two incidents are being investigated by separate teams. They’ll definitely look at the possibility of them being related but as of now, no correlation yet.”[End update]

No arrests have been made in either robbery.

The first incident occurred at 10 p.m. at 19th and Hartford streets. Four Hispanic men in their 20s brandished a handgun at the victim and demanded money, according to Gatpandan.

After the victim, 67, refused to give the men his money, he was hit with the gun, and the suspects took his wallet, cash, credit cards, and ID before fleeing the scene. The man suffered a trauma wound to the face and was treated and released at the scene.

A similar robbery happened about an hour and a half later at 21st and Castro streets, just blocks away.

Gatpandan said at 11:35 p.m., three Hispanic men ages 20 to 30 years old approached the victim with a gun and demanded money. The 32-year-old victim refused, and a suspect pistol whipped him and took his wallet and phone, then fled.

The victim suffered a cut to his eye and was treated at California Pacific Medical Center, Davies Campus.

More detailed descriptions of the suspects weren’t provided.

The gun in the second incident was described as a silver handgun with a white handle.

Two other robberies were also reported in the neighborhood in recent days.

At 8:08 a.m. Sunday, June 14, in the 4100 block of 18th Street, near Castro, a 63-year-old man was taking pictures when another man approached him from behind and pushed him over. The victim fell to the ground, and the suspect “forcibly” took his digital camera, Gatpandan said. The suspect ran away and got into a black vehicle driven by another suspect. The suspects fled the area.

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The victim, who suffered a hand laceration, refused medical treatment.

The suspects were described only as black males ages 20 to 25.

At 2:15 a.m. Saturday, June 13 at Octavia and Market streets, a man was walking to the Bart train when another man approached him. The victim, 30, reached into his pocket to get his phone when the suspect “pulled out a knife” and robbed the victim of his phone, cash, and driver’s license, Gatpandan said.

The victim wasn’t injured. The suspect was described only as a white male whose age was unknown.

As with the first two robberies, no arrests have been made in the latter two cases.

Anyone with information in the cases may call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line.

The incidents numbers are 150527134 (19th and Hartford), 150527372 (21st and Castro), 150518434 (4100 block of 18th), and 150515985 (Market and Octavia).

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 17, 2015 @ 2:58 pm PST
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