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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Leonard Washington, 21, Arrested in 7-11 Robbery; No Definitive Link to Chez Maman Holdup

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A 21-year-old San Franciscan is in custody following a robbery and pistol-whipping at the 7-11 on Ocean Avenue. Leonard Washington and an accomplice allegedly led police on a careening chase through the Ingleside district before crashing into a pole. Washington was later arrested "based on found evidence" according to the police. It is unclear if Washington and his partner -- who is at large -- were responsible for a brazen restaurant-invasion at Chez Maman in Potrero Hill last night. That robbery took place at around 9:30 p.m., while the convenience story incident occurred an hour later. Police spokeswoman Lyn Tomioka told SF Weekly investigators are "following up" on that link.

Washington is charged with pistol-whipping a 7-11 employee who could not open the safe while the partner held store employees at gunpoint. The two then drove off in a black Chevrolet Malibu.

The items discovered on Washington's person and in that car have not

been revealed; restaurant patrons were relieved of cash and


Washington was on probation for a December 2008

conviction for carrying a loaded, concealed weapon. There is no

description for his partner -- both men were wearing masks -- or any

potential getaway drivers.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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