policeblotter_sfa.jpgTwo unrelated robberies were reported a block away from each other and within five minutes of each other early Tuesday morning in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, police said.

The first robbery was reported at about 4:25 a.m. at Golden Gate Avenue and Polk Street.

A 70-year-old man was approached from behind by a suspect who demanded his bag.

The victim refused, and a second suspect pointed a gun at him and he eventually gave up the bag, along with his cellphone and wallet, according to police.

The two suspects fled with a third suspect, and they had not been found as of this morning.

They are described only as black men in their 20s.

About five minutes later, another robbery was reported a block away at Golden Gate Avenue and Larkin Street.

A 37-year-old man was approached by four suspects who punched him and demanded money. One of the suspects held the man at gunpoint, and he gave them his cash, police said.

The suspects, described only as one black man and three Hispanic men in their 20s, fled and had not been found as of this morning.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the robberies were not related despite their proximity.

Anyone with information about the robberies is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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