Police say they believe the man who they shot last night while resisting arrest may have been involved in a string of recent armed robberies.
Police wouldn’t say Wednesday morning what armed robberies the suspect, who was busted driving a stolen BMW, might have been responsible for, but there have been a string of robberies over the past week where suspects have wielded shotguns. Police are investigating if there are any connections among the crimes.
On Tuesday, there were two shotgun-related robberies. The first one occurred about 4 a.m. in the 700 block of Geneva Avenue. In that incident, a 70-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were approached by two men aged 16 to 20, police said.
The thugs grabbed the woman’s purse and knocked her to the ground, police said. One of the robbers pulled out a shotgun, racked a round and told the man to get back. The crooks then ran to a small white car and fled eastbound on Geneva.
The suspects in that robbery matched the descriptions of those involed in at least two other robberies over the past week.
On Monday, a 36-year-old man washing his car in the Sunset district was held up by a shotgun-wielding teen and another suspect, police said. The crooks wanted the victim to let them into his house, but he wisely walked into the street to attract neighbors’ attention.
After rummaging around in the victim’s garage, the robbers fled in a green SUV after seeing a neighbor on the phone.
Last Friday, the comic book store Comix Experience on Divisadero Street was robbed by two black males aged 16 to 20, according to the blog Haighteration.com. One of the suspect’s wielded what the clerk thought was a shotgun and demanded the store’s cash and an iPhone. It was the store’s first robbery in its 23-year history.
The second shotgun-related robbery on Tuesday was at Quesada Avenue and Newhall Street, police said. In that incident, a 30-year-old woman walking toward the bus stop was robbed by a man in his 20s who got out of a silver sedan, brandished a shotgun and demanded the victim’s property. She complied and the crooks fled the scene via Newhall Street.
The descriptions of the suspects in that robbery match those in two attempted robberies in the Civic Center area Monday. In those incidents, two men in their 20s, one of which armed with a shotgun, held up two different men in the 1100 block of Market Street where they demanded their property. Both victims were able to run away from the scene unscathed and the robbers left empty-handed.