Three young women were arrested following a series of cellphone robberies in San Francisco on Tuesday, one in which a rain boot was used as a weapon, police said.
A 12-year-old girl was among the victims in six heists carried out by the same suspects in multiple San Francisco neighborhoods, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Wednesday.
The suspects, 23-year-old Myeshia Woodward of Vallejo and girls ages 16 and 17, were arrested later in the night after their car was stopped at Haight and Fillmore streets, police said.
The suspects reportedly attacked the 12-year-old while she was inside a store in the 600 block of Clement Street about 4:45 p.m., police said.
They asked about her smartphone, then jumped on top of her and ripped the device away when she refused to part with it, police said.
About 25 minutes later, similarly described suspects robbed a 38-year-old woman walking in the area of 23rd Avenue and Cabrillo Street. While one suspect grabbed the woman’s arms, another reached into her pocket and snatched her phone, police said.
About 15 minutes later, the suspects attacked a woman at 29th Avenue and Lincoln Way. After failing to swipe her phone from her hand, one of the suspects “swung a rain boot” at the victim. Although the boot didn’t strike her, the woman’s phone was taken.
— Mike Aldax