Clown mask-wearing robber leads home invasion near SF State 

A man wearing a clown mask led a group of eight people in a home invasion robbery in Park Merced early Friday, leaving six young men frightened and shocked, police reported.

At 1 a.m., the masked man walked up to a residence on Crepsi Street and knocked on the door. When one of the residents answered, the man pointed a pistol at him and ordered him to the floor along with five other men in the house. Then the masked man's accomplices rushed into the house and searched for items to steal.

"They bum-rushed the house when the door was opened," said Officer Albie Esparza.

As six men ransacked the house for about 20 minutes while the masked man and another suspect wearing a scarf over his face kept watch over the prostrate victims. Both men wielded guns.

When the eight assailants fled in a Toyota, they took with them phones, wallets, cash, watches and other items, said Esparza, noting that no detailed description was given of the six people who searched the house or the getaway vehicle.

Esparza said the victims were all in their late teens or 20s. There is no indication that the assailants knew the victims. It appears to have been "essentially a crime of opportunity," said Esparza.

Investigators plan to canvas the area for video surveillance footage, said Esparza.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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