The San Francisco Police Department reported three robberies that occurred on Wednesday night and one on Tuesday, and said there may be a connection between two of the robberies.

– At 6:00 p.m., two men robbed a victim at Valencia and Sycamore near the Elbo Room and Community Thrift. One suspect cut the victim with a razor before both suspects fled on foot.

– At 9:15 p.m., two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed a victim at 19th and Capp streets.

– At 9:18 p.m., two men, both armed with handguns, robbed a man on the 200 block of Shotwell Street between 16th and 17th streets. The two men then fled in a waiting vehicle, according to police.

The suspects in the three robberies were all described as African-American males.

The Wednesday night incidents would be the second, third and fourth robberies in the Mission reported in two days. These came just one day after Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascon announced a 13 percent decrease in violent crime in the Mission.

San Francisco police department spokesperson Dewayne Tully noted “a possible connection” between the first two robberies, based on the number of suspects and method of escape. He also noted that there would be an increased plainclothes and uniformed police presence out tonight for New Year’s Eve.

More details on the earlier robbery at 23rd and Florida are also available. The victim, a 28-year-old male, was speaking on his cell phone when two men approached and one pulled out “what looked to be a black rifle” from under a long black jacket. The two men demanded his cell phone and wallet, then fled south down Florida Street towards 24th Street. Police from Mission Station conducted an unsuccessful search for the suspects.

If you have any information regarding these crimes, please call the police department’s confidential tip line at 575-4444, or the robbery section at 553-1201.

Stay safe this weekend.

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Armand is a photojournalism and multimedia student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and is originally from Baton Rouge, La. His work history includes being a paper pusher in Los Angeles and a youth program coordinator in Ramallah, and is currently a student editor at Mission Local, which means he gets to read a lot of news and tell people what to do.

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