Police are warning San Francisco taxi drivers of an armed crook suspected in at least seven cabbie robberies since July 14.
In three of the robberies, police said, the thief had drivers drop him off at the same quiet, tree-shaded intersection of O’Farrell and Beideman streets in the Western Addition.
At that very intersection around 2 a.m. Wednesday, the crook held a knife to a 53-year-old cabbie’s throat after being dropped off. He stole cash and fled on foot. The driver was not injured.
Cabbies reported similar thefts at that same intersection on Aug. 18 and Aug. 28.
In each of the robberies, the crook flagged down a cab, went for a ride and then whipped out some kind of weapon before demanding cash, police said.
“We believe the person is trying to hide themselves from cameras,” police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said, adding that the crook often looks downward while walking the streets.
Despite his efforts, cameras in cab cars captured him on video, Dangerfield said.
The robber is described as a black man in his late 30s, about 5-foot 10-inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. He has worn a hoodie during some of the robberies.
“Cab drivers should be aware and use extreme caution,” Dangerfield said.