Ronnie Collins, 21, of San Francisco is suspected of shooting Ikena Uwakah to death in broad daylight while Uwakah and his girlfriend sat in their car in the Bayview on Sunday. Collins declined to enter a plea during his arraignment Wednesday.
Prosecutors called Collins a “Christmastime predator,” saying that his alleged actions were the “antithesis of the season of giving.”
During the arraignment, Collins’ attorney said calling him a “Christmastime predator” was “character assassination.” Uwakah’s girlfriend advertised the PlayStation 4 for sale on both Craigslist and Instagram.
Collins had reportedly answered the ad via Instagram with an account under his own name, Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark said. That led to Collins’ arrest Monday.
Collins arranged to meet Uwakah near the Youngblood-Coleman Playground on Mendell Street, Clark said. When Uwakah and his girlfriend arrived there, they were apprehensive and drove to a Walgreens parking lot a few blocks away, Clark said. There, they exchanged messages with Collins, who suggested that Uwakah send over his girlfriend, alone, with the PS4, prosecutors said. Uwakah’s girlfriend saw that as a red flag, but they still went to meet with the suspect.
When they met, the prospective buyer wanted to make sure Uwakah had the console. Uwakah showed the PS4 through a partially opened car window and Collins allegedly pulled out a gun and tried to take it, prosecutors said.
Uwakah then pushed the gun toward the windshield of the car and told the suspect to take the console, at which point Collins allegedly shot Uwakah four times, once in each arm and twice in the abdomen, Clark said.
Uwakah fled the scene but was unable to drive and his girlfriend took over after calling 911. Uwakah was pronounced dead at the hospital about 4:30 p.m. In wake of the incident, District Attorney George Gascón had words of advice for anyone attempting to sell or buy products online: “Please use caution and take steps to protect yourself,” he said. “A small lapse in judgment could cost you your life.”
Collins returns to court Monday at 9 a.m. He’s being held on $5 million bail.
Bay City News contributed to this report.