NOTE: Sgt. James O'Malley notes that the three men arrested April 4 are not believed to be the three men responsible for 18 armed and strong-arm robberies in the Park Merced area between Feb. 4 and March 29. Unless arrested for unrelated crimes, those three men are ostensibly at large.
A pair of police officers working out of the Taraval Station pulled over a car on Saturday at 19th Avenue and Crespi and arrested a trio of men they claim are responsible for a recent series of armed and strong-arm robberies.
The rash of hold-ups had prompted an earlier San Francisco Police Department bulletin warning the general public of a trio of black men in dark hoodies robbing people in the Park Merced area with a semi-automatic handgun.
That warning concluded with the missive "please call if you see anything suspicious" -- though a description as general as "black man in a hoodie" renders both everything and nothing "suspicious." It will be interesting to see why the police claim the three men they've nabbed are the trio responsible for the armed robberies -- and more information is promised on Monday.