Teenager shot amidst chain of robberies 

There were two armed robberies and one attempted one within hours of each other Monday night and in one situation a teenager was shot from behind near Golden Gate Park.

The 18-year-old man ran away from the suspect who approached him with a gun and demanded his property around 11 p.m. near Fulton Street and 11th Avenue, said police Officer Albie Esparza.

“While he was running away, the suspect fired at the victim and struck him from behind,’’ said Esparza.

The suspect did not take any of his property, but the man was taken to the hospital with a wound to his arm and is expected to survive.

About an hour and a half before that, a man in his 20s pointed a gun at a woman, 22, at Masonic and Hayes streets, took her property and ran away, he said.

Then around 11:30 p.m. a group of 10 to 15 male and female juveniles surrounded a teenager and his friend in Dolores Park, punched the teenage boy in the face, picked his pockets and then ran away, said Esparza.

They did not take anything from the teenager’s friend.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

“We try to see if there’s any connection as far as motives or what’s taken or suspect descriptions, but until we have further information it’s hard to say if they’re connected,’’ Esparza said. “They each have different suspect information.’’

One arrest was made Monday night near Taraval Street and 21st Avenue when two men who appeared to be unarmed knocked a woman who was getting out of her car to the ground, stole her purse and fled in a vehicle, he said.

Officers found the car later apprehended one person after three bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot, and they are still looking for the other two.

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