San Francisco Police arrested a suspect shortly after he robbed a video store employee at gunpoint on Saturday, January 5 at about 2:35 P.M. Taken into custody was Jamaar Melton, 23, of Oakland. He was arrested soon after he robbed Blockbuster Video at 160 Church Street.
Two officers from Northern Station, Officer William Griffin and Officer Steven Spagnuolo, saw a man fitting the description of the suspect that had been broadcast in the area. As the officers approached, the suspect fled on foot, discarding a loaded gun, clothing, and currency taken in the robbery. The officers pursued the suspect and took him into custody.
Police believe Melton is the suspect in over 20 armed robberies in the Mission, Northern, Sunset and Richmond districts since October 26, 2007. All were robberies of commercial establishments that included food stores, telephone communications stores, an auto supply shop, a restaurant and two video stores, as well as other businesses.
Melton has been charged with multiple counts of robbery and weapons possession, and remains in custody.
The Robbery Detail credits the Northern Station officers for their efforts leading to the arrest of the suspect. The Robbery Detail is conducting a follow-up investigation to determine Melton's involvement in the remaining cases.
For more information, please contact:
Lieutenant John Loftus, 553-1184, or Sergeant Tracy Boes, 553-1257
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103