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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cops Bust Armed Robbers Red-Handed in Mission District (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

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(Update Sept. 13): Alex Bastian with the District Attorney's Office informs us that a judge determined there was not enough evidence, and the case was dropped. According to Bastian, the victims were unable to identify the suspects. In addition, he said the stolen property was never found on the defendants.

(Original Story Aug. 24) What are the chances that someone robbed in San Francisco will actually get their stuff back? Today we bring you another story of hardworking San Franciscans who actually got their money back after they were allegedly robbed by a trio in the Mission District.

On Aug. 22, about 12:02 a.m., the victims -- a 22-year-old man and a 40-year-old man -- were walking on the 2800 block of 22nd Street when three men surrounded them, according to police. Two of the suspects pointed handguns at the victims while a third man reached under his shirt to simulate a gun.

The robbers demanded their property and, fearing for their lives, the victims turned over their cell phones, a wallet (with money), and a digital music player. The robbers ran off and the victims quickly called 911.

An officer responding to the call spotted two men matching the

suspects' description running along Folsom Street near 20th Street. He

watched one suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Xavier Williams of Richmond, enter the

driver's door of a blue Hyundai parked on the 3300 block of

20th Street. The officer saw Williams reach toward the bottom of the

driver's seat area.

The officer then spotted a second suspect, 25-year-old Mark Mays of San

Francisco, run to the passenger door.

When the officer ordered the suspect to stop, Mays ran north on Folsom

Street, according to police.The officer broadcast Mays' description over the police radio

and then detained Williams.

Additional officers from Mission Station responded to the call, and

heard Mays' description and direction of travel. With the assistance of

several bystanders, the officers located Mays lying down on a set of

stairs to a building on the 2300 block of Folsom Street. Mays was

sweating profusely (gross!), leaning on a black jacket that he had

apparently stripped in a sad attempt to change his appearance.

Other officers

located and detained a third man matching the third suspect description on the 2300

block of Folsom Street.

Officers searched

the area and recovered a semi-automatic handgun from under the driver's

seat of the Hyundai, where Williams had been sitting. They recovered a second semi-automatic hand gun from under a vehicle on

the 2300 block of Folsom Street. The firearms matched the descriptions

of the weapons used in the street robbery.

Officers found

additional evidence on the 2300 block of Folsom Street, including the

victims' stolen property and a jacket believed to have been

worn and tossed by one of the suspects.

Mays and Williams were booked at Mission Station and charged with two counts of robbery, weapons charges, possession of stolen

property, and conspiracy. The third suspect, 40-year-old Jerome Davis of San Francisco, was booked on outstanding warrants.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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