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

Violent robberies reported in Castro, Tenderloin

San Francisco police are investigating recent violent robberies in the Castro and Tenderloin neighborhoods.

The most recent incident occurred in the Castro district, near 15th and Noe streets. At about 10:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, two men approached the two victims. One of the suspects pointed a gun at them and demanded their property, according to Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman. The suspects stole the men’s cellphones and fled on foot.

No description of the suspects was available. The victims, who are 26 and 22, weren’t injured.

Another robbery occurred in the Tenderloin neighborhood, which is well known for crime and poverty.

At 5 p.m. last Friday, March 27 near Turk and Taylor streets and the longtime gay bar Aunt Charlie’s, a woman brandished a handgun at another woman and demanded her property, Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman, said.

The victim, 32, “refused and attempted to walk away,” but the suspect grabbed her purse and dumped its contents onto the sidewalk, Gatpandan said.

As the woman tried to pick up her possessions, the suspect pepper-sprayed her, took her wallet, and fled the scene with the victim’s cash, wallet, driver’s license, and Social Security card.

The suspect was described only as a black female, age 19 to 20. The victim, who suffered irritation to her eyes and face, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Another Castro robbery happened at about 2:30 a.m. last Monday, March 23.

In the incident, which occurred near 19th and Collingwood streets, a man was walking toward his car when two men came up behind him, grabbed him, and threw him against a wall, according to Esparza.

The suspects, who both appeared to be 25, demanded the 21-year-old victim’s property, took his belongings out of his pockets, and fled, Esparza said.

The victim’s cellphone, car key, driver’s license, and credit cards were taken, but he wasn’t injured.

No arrests have been reported in any of the incidents.

Anyone with information in the cases may contact police anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line.

The case numbers are: 150281443 (15th and Noe), 150271121 (Turk and Taylor), and 150277141 (19th and Collingwood).


— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 2, 2015 @ 12:19 pm PST
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