Two robberies were reported aboard San Francisco Municipal Railway buses over the weekend, the latest in a series of crimes aboard Muni vehicles in the past week, police said today.
A robbery was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday aboard a 38-Geary bus near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Gough Street.
A 20-year-old man was sitting on the bus when four suspects approached and grabbed his cellphone, according to police.
The suspects, three men and a woman in their 20s, ran off the bus and when they were chased by the victim, the group turned around and began punching the victim, knocking him down. The suspects then fled with the phone and had not been found as of this morning, police said.
Another robbery was reported at 4:46 p.m. Sunday on a Muni bus near the intersection of Mission Street and Persia Avenue.
A 20-year-old victim was aboard the bus when a suspect approached and demanded his cellphone and wallet, according to police.
The victim complied, but after the 25-year-old suspect fled from the bus, officers responded and arrested him and recovered the phone and wallet, police said.
A handgun allegedly belonging to the suspect, whose name was not immediately available, was also recovered in the area, according to police.
The latest crimes come after several other robberies were reported aboard Muni buses and light-rail vehicles last Monday and Tuesday, as well as a stabbing over a cellphone on a 19-Polk bus in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
Anyone with information about any of the recent 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