SFPD Arrest Serial Armed Robbery Suspect 18-092

San Francisco Police have arrested a suspect in a series of armed commercial robberies that were primarily concentrated in the Market Street corridor. The first robbery occurred on the 600 block of Van Ness Avenue on May 1, 2018 at approximately 8:50PM. Over the next eight weeks, eleven other liquor stores, restaurants and other commercial establishments were targeted by the suspect.

Members of the Night Investigations Unit and Robbery Detail connected the cases by the distinctive appearance of the elderly suspect and his silver revolver.

Investigators from the Robbery Detail coordinated with patrol and street crimes officers at the district stations in an attempt to locate and arrest the suspect before he could commit another robbery.

On June 29, 2018 at approximately 6:30PM, the suspect struck a final time (the 13th robbery of the series) on the 2300 block 16th Street. Patrol officers from Mission Station had been fully briefed on the series and quickly located the suspect and placed him under arrest near the intersection of 18th and Bryant Streets. A replica handgun was recovered from the suspect at the time of his arrest.

Lloyd Banks, a 64 year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested for all thirteen incidents and has been charged with 37 felonies stemming from the series of robberies. Due to pending identification matters, Banks’ booking photo is not being released at this time.

While an arrest has been made, anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.  You may remain anonymous.