San Francisco trio accused of armed robbery spree before officer-involved shooting 

click to enlarge A sawed-off rifle was reportedly used in the armed robberies. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • A sawed-off rifle was reportedly used in the armed robberies.

San Francisco residents Travell Council, 19, and Eddie Tillman, 18, along with a boy who was not named because he is a minor, have been connected to at least five separate criminal incidents across The City on March 4 and March 5 that culminated with an officer-involved shooting in Hunters Point.

Among the incidents was the theft of a 2011 BMW from a mother who was parking her car with her 5-year-old in tow, according to police.

The suspects reportedly used a sawed-off rifle to terrify victims, although original police reports suggested the weapon was a shotgun.

The brazen series came to an abrupt end the night of March 5, police said, when a fleeing Tillman was shot by police after knocking down a cop with the carjacked BMW. Tillman was immediately taken into custody.

A subsequent investigation led to the arrests of Council and the juvenile last week, Officer Gordon Shyy said Monday.

The first of the five heists occurred the afternoon of March 4 and was thwarted by a courageous Sunset district man who risked his life to protect his family.

The teenagers reportedly approached the victim as he was washing his car in front of his home on 33rd Avenue, ordering him to lead them into his home. Police said the victim told the group he didn’t want to endanger his family members, who were inside the home.

Instead, he backed up into the street and the group eventually fled when they saw a neighbor making a phone call.
After that incident, police said, the suspects stole a BMW on Jennings Street in the Bayview district the same day.

They are facing child endangerment charges because a 5-year-old boy was one of the victims, court records show.

The next day, the suspects allegedly carried out a failed robbery at Market and 11th streets in which the victims simply took off running when confronted with the sawed-off rifle. The suspects did not pursue them.

The final incident before the officer-involved shooting occurred in the 700 block of Geneva Avenue, where a woman was robbed of her cellphone as she walked to a bus.

Council and Tillman remain in custody on multiple charges related to the spree, according to prosecutors.

They were arraigned last week and are next scheduled to appear in court April 9, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

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