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Strongarm Robberies in eastern SoMa

Passing this information along so that Rincon Hill neighbors are aware of the need to be alert, especially when walking alone (day or night). Also, if you have been assaulted but have not reported it to the police out of shame or embarassment, please contact the SFPD via their non-emergency number at 415.553.0123

First the latest update ….

COMMUNITY PATROL USA
Po Box 111
1800 Market Street
San Francisco CA 94102
Tel: 415.260.6239
info@CommunityPatrolUSA.org

03/16/2010

CommunityPatrolUSA: CRIME ALERT – STRONGARM ROBBERY UPDATE

Following our Crime ALERT of 03/15/2010 regarding a strongarm robbery at 4th & Brannan on 03/14/2010, we received a reply from another resident who had been assaulted by a very similar group of suspects near One Rincon Hill on Harrison Street. He also reported having heard of a similar assault, by a similar group of suspects in daylight on a female who was removing groceries from her car on Brannan Street & Delancy Street.

We are not certain this is the same group of suspects yet, but are seeking further information from SFPD Southern Station on the matter and have forwarded the information to our Patrol Special Police officers in the area.

In the mean time, whether these are the same suspects or not, clearly we must all take a little more care and pay a little more attention to those around us in the neighborhood. At present the likely suspects are four Latin/Hispanic females and one Caucasian male driving an older model brown car.

If you spot anything suspicious, please do call the police non-emergency number 415.553.0123 to report it and call the Patrol Special Police if you subscribe to their services.

If you witness an assault in progress, call the emergency 415.553.8090 (9-1-1 equivalent number) and advise them the assault is in progress. Allow the emergency operator to ask you for the information they need to broadcast the crime in progress and get SFPD units rolling with good information.

Ken Craig,President

“Building Safer Neighborhoods by Collaborating on Community Safety and Security”

Community Patrol USA is a not for profit, entirely volunteer run, organization that seeks to build comprehensive collaborative efforts on safety and security between residents, businesses, private security and law enforcement agencies. We also support and assist in the development of Citizen Walking Patrols and advocate for general safety and security measures at the neighborhood, city, state and national level.

And the original alert about a strongarm robbery on 4th Street at Brannan on Sunday evening …

CommunityPatrolUSA: CRIME ALERT – STRONGARM ROBBERY 3/14 – 4th & Brannan St. 19:50 hrs

PATROL SPECIAL POLICE REPORT :
The victim, white female walking down the street. Brown car with three females and one male. One suspect jumped out and stole the ladies purse and cell phone and left southbound on 4th towards King.

VICTIM REPORTED :
“this evening at 730pm, I was walking home and at the intersection of 4th and brannan i was attacked, beaten and mugged by 5 people. i was hurt physically but, didn’t not sustain major injuries, thankfully. they took my purse, cards, id, etc….my phone. Several witnesses came forth as this is a busy intersection, and called the police for me. I have filed a report. Please take precautions, and be safe, don’t chance it like I did. I know I thought I was on a busy enough road with cars and people, but it was still unsafe. I declined 3 offers for a ride home tonight!”

ADVISORY :
Sadly such criminal activity can occur at any time of the day or night, and in any part of the city, even where crowds of witnesses and on-lookers are present. Fortunately, witnesses were willing to respond in this case.

If you are the victim of a strongarm robbery such as this we typically recommend :

o Give up your possessions to avoid physical injury.
o Carry only what you absolutely need with you i.e. just enough cash, one credit card and ID for whatever you are doing. Don’t carry every card and lots of cash if you can avoid it.
o Consider carrying your ID and credit card in a pocket separate to your wallet and not in your purse if possible.
o Try to get a description of anyone attacking you, or anyone you see attacking anyone else, and call 9-1-1 immediately. Remember to look for anything unusual that is difficult for the criminal to change, such as unusual shoes/boots/sneakers, an unusual hair style or color, tattoos etc. This may help police apprehend the suspects.
o Consider carrying a personal alarm to help draw attention to the crime at night.

There are never any guarantees, and assaults can happen to anyone. We would recommend attending a reputable self-defense class to help prepare you for such unfortunate incidents and offer you some new options for responding that may help prevent your injury.

Ken Craig, President

“Building Safer Neighborhoods by Collaborating on Community Safety and Security”

Community Patrol USA is a not for profit, entirely volunteer run, organization that seeks to build comprehensive collaborative efforts on safety and security between residents, businesses, private security and law enforcement agencies. We also support and assist in the development of Citizen Walking Patrols and advocate for general safety and security measures at the neighborhood, city, state and national level.

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