The reason why five gun-toting robbers stormed an Outer Richmond apartment that was reportedly packed full of college students early Thursday remains a mystery, police said, although the victims were able to shed some light on the incident.
Eight people in their 20s and 30s — including three women — were reportedly sleeping inside the apartment in the 500 block of 40th Avenue when the thugs stormed in about 3 a.m. Armed with two handguns and a knife, police said, the robbers busted down doors, woke up the victims and forced all of them into the living room.
Several residents were reportedly roughed up, but not seriously injured.
The victims told KTVU (Ch. 2) that one of the suspects seemed frustrated, possibly because they could not find drugs.
“We thought they were high on something,” a victim told the TV station, adding that one of the suspects “asked for the weed.”
The robbers ransacked the apartment, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said, and made off with a haul of loot — including a cellphone, a tablet, laptops, a video game console, cash, wallets, a camera and luggage.
The suspects were described as men in their 20s who wore baggy clothing and hoodies, and they did not attempt to conceal their identities.
Police had not announced any arrests as of Thursday evening.
The residents told KTVU they had been living in the apartment for less than a year and wondered if the previous tenants had used the space for a marijuana-growing operation.
Police have not said how the burglars entered the home. However, the residents told reporters that they leave the apartment door unlocked and the front door to the building has a faulty lock.
Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to contact the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.