February 19, 2008
San Francisco Police have arrested four female suspects in a series of seven purse snatch robberies and one attempted purse snatch robbery over a two-day period this past week-end in the Taraval and Richmond districts. Taken into custody were Ebony Espinoza, 24, of San Francisco; Tabreisha Moorz, 18, of Sacramento; and two juveniles, one, 16, of San Francisco, and the other 15, of Vallejo.
The series began on Sunday, February 17, at 37th Avenue and Anza Street at 1:45 P.M. when two of the suspects approached a female victim and used pepper spray on the victim before robbing her of her purse. The suspects continued their purse snatch robberies in the area, including on the 300 block of 17th Avenue, followed by Anza and Collins streets, with the last robbery of the day occurring at 7th Avenue and Balboa Street at 8:00 P.M. The suspects used pepper spray in the first three robberies. After committing the robberies, the suspects got into a waiting black Ford vehicle.
On the following day, Monday, February 18, the suspects continued committing the street robberies, beginning on the 2100 block of Vicente Street at about 12:45 P.M. Robberies followed on the 600 block of 7th Avenue, California Street and 17th Avenue, and culminated on 46th Avenue and Cabrillo Street at about 3:50 P.M. Again, all the victims were women and, after committing each robbery, the suspects got into a waiting vehicle. No pepper spray was used in the series on this day.
San Francisco Police continued their search for the suspects and the vehicle. Officers located the vehicle yesterday, Monday, February 18, at O'Farrell and Fillmore streets at about
4:15 P.M. Police observed all four suspects inside a coffee shop at that location and arrested them. They remain in custody on multiple robbery charges.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office, 553-1651
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103