A man was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly trying to carjack people with a replica gun in San Francisco’s Parkside neighborhood, police said.
Officers responded at about 9:25 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun pointing it at passing cars near the intersection of 20th Avenue and Taraval Street.
The man was spotted and detained by the officers, who found a handgun in his back pocket. Upon further examination, police determined the gun was a replica.
Two victims whom the suspect had allegedly tried to carjack contacted police. The first victim said he had just left a nearby bank and entered his car when the suspect approached, pointed the gun at him and tried to take the car, police said.
The victim was able to drive away and went to the department’s Taraval Station to report the crime.
A second victim was also sitting in his car when the suspect approached and said something to him. The victim spoke limited English and did not understand what the suspect said, and drove away and called police.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and attempted robbery with a firearm, according to police.