Three stores robbed at gunpoint in SF on Monday 

Three separate San Francisco stores were robbed at gunpoint Monday, police said.

The first incident occurred in Noe Valley at a liquor store in the 1600 block of Castro Street about 4:30 p.m., police said. An armed man who appeared to be in his 20s walked into the store and went behind the cash register, pointed a handgun at the 35-year-old male employee's back and ordered him to hand over cash, police said.

The suspect reportedly then took the cash out of the register himself and fled.

Another store was robbed about 90 minutes later in the Richmond, police said. A 64-year-old male employee at a store in the 3900 block of Balboa Street heard a gun being racked before he felt the nozzle against his back. The victim opened the cash drawer and turned over cash to the suspect, then noticed that the suspect had his face covered. The crook fled with the money.

The third incident happened about an hour later in Ingleside. Two men entered a business in the 1800 block of Ocean Avenue about 8:40 p.m. wearing hooded sweatshirts with their faces covered and approached the counter. One of the men went behind the counter and demanded cash at gunpoint, police said. The 28-year-old female employee complied. The two men fled, but police reportedly arrested one of them later.

The man arrested was identified as 23-year-old San Francisco resident Nathaniel Jeremiah Castro, Officer Albie Esparza said. Castro was booked in County Jail on robbery and possession of stolen property charges.

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