It turns out a bus is not a good getaway car.
Police report a 19-year-old man got on a bus at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue yesterday at 7:24 p.m. and then sat down across from a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, before reaching out and trying to take the 21-year-old’s phone. He failed to get the phone out of the victim’s hand, but then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the victim. The man handed over his phone.
The suspect then turned to the female victim, tried to grab her phone but failed again. He pointed the gun at her, too, and she complied and handed it over. With that, the suspect got off the bus.
UPDATE: Police report the robber, one Derrick Woods, then attempted another robbery at 18th and Potrero. The suspect walked up to a man standing at a bus shelter and brandished his gun, demanding the man’s cell phone. A struggle over the handgun ensued, but the victim was able to flee down 18th Street and call the police. At that point, the robber boarded the next bus, where officers from Mission Station caught up with him and arrested him.
The victims’ phones were recovered, and Woods was booked on multiple counts of robbery, aggravated assault and firearm possession charges. SFPD issued a statement saying that, although an arrest has been made, investigators are asking anyone with further information on these types of robbery cases to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line (415) 575-4444 or text-a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.
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Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.