PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
November 3, 2008
San Francisco Police Arrest 19 Suspects In Weekend Robberies
San Francisco Police arrested 19 suspects in seven separate robbery incidents and one attempted robbery incident, from Friday, October 31, through Sunday, November 2.
In one incident, an attempted robbery occurred on Sunday, November 2, on the 200 block of Lexington Street at approximately 9:15 P.M. The victim, a 31-year-old male, had just left his residence on Lexington, when the driver of a dark green Jeep Cherokee stopped. Five suspects got out of the vehicle and confronted the victim. One of them pointed a gun at the victim, ordered him to lie on the pavement, and demanded his car keys. When the victim told him he did not own a car, one suspect kicked him in the ribs before all the suspects got back into the vehicle and drove off.
Approximately 30 minutes later, two victims, both 20-year-old males from Fairfield, were walking on 26th Street at Valencia at approximately 9:45 P.M. when the driver of the same Jeep Cherokee stopped and five suspects again got out and confronted the victims, ordering them at gunpoint to lie on the pavement. After the suspects robbed both of them of their property, they fled in the Jeep.
As officers were interviewing the victims from the second robbery, they heard over their radio that officers from Ingleside and Mission stations, alerted to the suspect vehicle description that had been broadcast, had stopped a vehicle at Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Valencia Street. Later, the victims identified the vehicle and suspects in the attempted robbery and completed robberies, and police found property belonging to one of the victims in the vehicle.
Taken into custody were two adults, James Mateo, 18, of Daly City, and Alfredo Garcia, 18, of San Francisco, and three juveniles, two of them 16 years old and one 17 years old, all of San Francisco. They were charged with robbery, conspiracy, and assault, and remain in custody.
The other weekend robberies in which arrests were made follow:
Friday, October 31
- 2100 block of Taylor Street, 12:57 P.M. Two suspects were arrested in a purse snatch robbery of a 75-year-old woman at the intersection of Green and Taylor. One suspect ripped the purse off her shoulder and jumped onto the bed of a waiting pick up truck driven by a second suspect. Officers stopped the truck and arrested three suspects several minutes later at Powell and California streets.
- 800 block of Market Street, 6:30 P.M. One suspect was arrested at a shopping center after beating the victim in a restroom in the center and going through his pockets. Mall security and the SFPD took the suspect into custody. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
- Geneva Avenue and Lisbon Street, 11:30 P.M. Three suspects were arrested and charged following a strong-arm robbery in which they surrounded a victim at a gas station and robbed him of his wallet. Two of the three suspects were on felony probation.
Saturday, November 1
- Fulton and Buchanan streets, 2:52 A.M. Six suspects were arrested for robbery, possession of a handgun, and stolen property after officers from Northern Station responded to a 9-1-1 call of a robbery that had just occurred. After officers broadcast a description of the suspects, Gang Task Force officers located and arrested the suspects and recovered the handgun and stolen property.
- 6200 block of Third Street, 11:28 P.M. One suspect was arrested and charged with attempted home invasion robbery, burglary, criminal threats, and an ex-felon in the possession of a handgun.
Sunday, November 2
- 21st Avenue and Santiago Street, 5:48 P.M. One suspect was arrested and charged with robbery after he and another suspect confronted a victim while he was walking home. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and demanded the victim's backpack, which contained a laptop computer and other property. The suspect got into a vehicle driven by a second suspect. About an hour and a half later, officers detained the gun-wielding suspect on an unrelated assault charge, and recognized him as the suspect in a description that had been broadcast earlier after the 21st and Santiago robbery. The robbery victim later identified the suspect.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229