Four pedestrians were held up at gunpoint Monday night and three of them were robbed in attacks in Potrero Hill, San Francisco police Lt. John Loftus said.
The seemingly related attacks, which occurred mainly in residential areas, began at 7:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Kansas Street.
Using what victims described as a sawed-off shotgun or a dark-colored rifle with a long barrel, the suspect came up behind the pedestrian and demanded money. When one pedestrian told him they did not have a wallet, the gunman fled on foot.
In the next three attacks, which occurred at 9:10 p.m. on the 1700 block of Harrison Street, at 9:16 p.m. on the 400 block of Mississippi Street and at 9:23 p.m. on the 700 block of Pennsylvania Street, a gunman who matched the description from the first attack approached pedestrians and demanded money, fleeing on foot and making off with undisclosed amounts of cash.
"The robberies seem to be pretty opportunistic," Loftus said, pointing out that the pedestrians varied in age and gender, and that the area where the robberies occurred is mainly residential.
"We’ve advised all units that there were multiple robberies in the area last night," he said. "We will also increase patrols in the evening hours."