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Friday, September 14, 2012

Cops Bust Teens Robbing Man on his Cell Phone

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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Talk about a call interrupted.

A San Francisco man was trying to make a call while in the Tenderloin when he was accosted and robbed by four rude teens.

The incident happened just before midnight on Aug. 19, when the 42-year-old man was walking on the 300 block of Turk Street. When he stopped to use his phone, four dudes accosted him. One of the guys pushed him to the ground, demanding he hand over his cell phone.

The phone had fallen from the man's hands, and while the suspects combed the sidewalk, looking for the phone, a fourth suspect continued to demand the man give them the phone, said Officer Carlos Manfredi.

Coincidentally, two cops were driving up Turk Street and noticed the excitement, with four people "grouped together on the sidewalk." The officers heard a scream and then saw one of these subjects shove

another person to the ground.

The cops pulled over and walked toward the group of men. As the officers neared, the four subjects looked right at the approaching law enforcers and hauled ass in the other direction. Two of the suspects ran west on Turk

Street, while the other two ran eastbound.

The officers

radioed for assistance and chased after the fleeing suspects. Upon reaching the corner of Turk

and Hyde street, polics saw the first suspect -- later identified as a 17-year-old male from

Antioch --  allegedly climb over a gate into a locked parking lot. The second

suspect, 18-year-old Lawrence Phipps, couldn't make it over the fence.

However, Phipps, also an Antioch resident, ignored the officers' multiple commands to lay down on the ground

before he finally did it, police said.

Phipps was taken into custody while additional officers responded to the area, assisting

in the search. The 17-year-old suspect was located in the parking lot,

hiding under a parked van and was taken into custody. A third suspect,

Malcom Ireland, 20, of Oakley, was detained at McAllister and Market streets.

The victim positively identified all three suspects as being

involved in the robbery, and the victim's cell phone was also found in the

possession of one the suspects, Manfredi says. The juvenile was booked at the

Juvenile Justice Center while Phipps and Ireland were booked into County


All three were charged with robbery, conspiracy, and resisting or delaying an officer. The fourth suspect fled the area and is still on the lam.

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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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