A 28-year-old man waiting for the bus was robbed at gunpoint at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 19th and Bryant streets. The suspects wanted his smartphone. They pulled a handgun on him to demonstrate they were serious, police reported.

The victim complied and the two suspects, who were in their 20s, took off on foot. No arrests have been made.

Later Wednesday on Bryant at 26th Street, a lone male in his 20s robbed a woman sitting in her car. The suspect entered the car’s passenger-side door at 11 p.m. pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded that she drive away, according to police.

The victim complied and a few blocks later, the suspect ordered the victim out of the vehicle before he drove away. No arrests have been made.

While carjacking is less common, smartphone theft currently makes up the majority of robberies in San Francisco.

CNN reported that 67 percent of all thefts in San Francisco are of smartphones.

The robbery took place on the day that mobile service providers decided against including a “kill switch” in all smartphones to combat thefts. The switch would have rendered a phone completely useless when activated by the cell phone owner and providers feared it would be too susceptible to misuse by hackers and others.

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  1. We should be on the lookout for all males in their twenties…why does Mission Local NEVER provide a description of the suspects?

    1. So if they said “hispanic”, should you look for all Hispanic males in their twenties? In the mission? Ok, “Ramón”… Lol.

  2. Description please; or are we to assume that these thugs are black or hispanic due to the locations involved?!

    1. So you aren’t really asking for a detailed description – rather, you are asking for the ethnicity of the subjects. Please tell us, will that make the difference in your ability to locate and apprehend the suspects for us? Wouldn’t you need a little more criteria than that? Or if they say “two ‘black’ youths, then you can just suspect all “black” youths. Good luck in tracking them down for us, “Pamela”.

      1. Yes, Pamela Delrio are these the same thugs that hang out near your house at 2854 Harrison St or at Garfield Park while you are walking your dogs, Please tell us.

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