San Francisco police are investigating a series of at least seven robberies of taxi drivers since July, including three that occurred at the same Western Addition intersection, a police spokesman said.
The most recent robbery happened at about 2 a.m. Wednesday at O’Farrell and Beideman streets, the same intersection where two other robberies have occurred since Aug. 18.
In Wednesday’s robbery, the 53-year-old cabbie drove the suspect to the intersection, where he was held at knifepoint and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said that intersection might be targeted by the thief because it’s a relatively low-traffic area.
Police are asking cabbies to be more alert about the suspect, who is described as a black man between 35 and 45 years old who sometimes wears a hoodie and does not like to show his face to the driver.
“If they don’t want to show their face, that might be something you want to take into account,” Dangerfield said.
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