04/08/09 09-031

04/08/09 09-031

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April 8, 2009


San Francisco Police Arrest Nine Suspects in Weekend Robberies

San Francisco police arrested nine suspects in nine separate robbery incidents over the weekend.

Police arrested three suspects responsible for three robbery incidents Saturday morning, April 4, with all the robberies occurring within thirty minutes. Taken into custody shortly after the third robbery were Jorge Pineda, 20; Jose Morales, 19; and Luis Fabela, 18, all of Richmond.

In the first incident, which occurred at 6:40 A.M. on the 4000 blk. of 23rd Street, one suspect came up behind a 39-year-old San Francisco man walking to work and hit him on the head with a tire iron. A second suspect put a handgun to the victim's head and stole his laptop and other property.

Just before 7:00 A.M. on the 500 block of Chenery Street, a suspect approached a 74-year-old woman, again from behind, and grabbed the tote bag from her shoulder. The suspect then was picked up by another suspect driving a red four-door Volkswagen. When the victim yelled at the occupants of the car driving away, the driver stopped and got out with his hand covered with newspaper, implying that he had a gun. The suspect then got back into the car and drove off.

At approximately 7:15 A.M., three suspects confronted a 53-year-old woman walking on Holloway Avenue and Denslowe Drive. Two suspects confronted the victim, stealing her purse and knocking her to the pavement before getting into a red getaway car driven by the third suspect.

Responding officers spotted the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on 19th Avenue at Crespi Drive and stopped the car. Aware of the earlier robberies, officers suspected through descriptions provided by the victims, that the three occupants of the car were the


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suspects in the robberies. Police located a handgun under the seat and property belonging to the three victims.

The suspects were charged with robbery, illegal possession of a gun, and conspiracy.

In other weekend robbery arrests, on Friday, April 3, at approximately 10:45 A.M., police arrested Lachana Mays, 31, of San Francisco, after she pepper-sprayed an employee of a drug store on the 100 block of Parnassus Avenue, after the employee tried to stop her leaving the store without paying. Mays was charged with robbery and petty theft.

Saturday, April 4, at approximately 8:10 A.M., police arrested Uvonne Bennett, a 34-year-old San Francisco resident, after she assaulted a drug store employee during a shoplifting incident on the 2400 block of San Bruno Avenue. Bennett was charged with robbery, assault, burglary, and petty theft.

At approximately 10:15 A.M., police arrested Lee Renfro, 36, of San Francisco, after he accosted a 29-year-old Georgia man walking in the Tenderloin to a BART station to go to the airport. The victim was carrying travel items in both hands and the suspect began rifling the victim's pockets and removed cash. The suspect then ran into a business on the 200 block of Ellis, where police arrested him. Renfro was charged with robbery.

Later that day shortly after 3:00 P.M., police arrested Edric Carr, 19, of San Francisco, after he robbed and assaulted a Municipal Railway driver of a book of transfers at Bayshore Boulevard and Oakdale Avenue. Police apprehended the suspect at Bayshore and Marin Avenue. Carr was charged with robbery and assault.

On Sunday, April 5, at approximately 2:55 A.M., police arrested Jonathan Williams, 23, of Oakland, after a 35-year-old San Francisco resident flagged down officers, saying the suspect had stolen her i-Phone while she was walking on Larkin Street at Cedar Avenue. Based on her

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description, police found the suspect on Cedar and he was taken into custody after resisting arrest. Police found the electronic item concealed on his person. Williams was charged with robbery and resisting arrest.

In addition to the weekend robberies, police arrested a 17-year-old San Francisco juvenile on Tuesday, April 7. The suspect got into the rear seat of a cab driven by a 39-year-old San Francisco resident. The suspect told the driver to stop on the 700 block of Moscow Street. Once the driver stopped, the suspect held a handgun against the victim's side and robbed him of his cash before fleeing on foot. Responding officers located the suspect nearby on Carter Street. A foot chase began as the suspect hopped backyard fences. He was apprehended on the 500 block of Carter. The suspect was charged with robbery and resisting arrest.

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