In response to our recent post about rising crime in Bernal Heights, a reader forwards this:
I live in Pacific Heights and belong to a neighborhood association. Yesterday I received this email from a neighbor who is passing along a warning about a robbery in our neighborhood. It happened last weekend. So I guess it’s not just Bernal Heights that is having problems with recent increase in crime. What gives??
At 11:30pm on Saturday, April 26th I was walking home from
dinner with my husband and my father. It was a very warm night and we could
not get a taxi from Pres a vis in the Presidio. As we approached Green
Street while walking up Divisadero, two young men wearing bright red
bandanas that covered their faces and carrying guns told me to give them my
purse. I did and they ran away – west on Green Street.
We promptly called the police who arrived within minutes. I
am mentioning this to the group because I have received two phone calls from
the police since the incident. Yesterday when they phoned they informed me
that they still had not arrested the guys, but in fact they had struck
several more times, that they know of, along Divisadero Street. One time
they even approached two men who were walking together, so it’s not just
women by themselves or in a group that are the target.
Both times the police called it was to ask if I could
identify the criminals in a lineup. Because the bandanas covered their
faces and they were wearing hats (along with baggy jeans and dark
sweatshirts) I could not be certain of their identities. The police
officers told me that the robberies are being committed by young members of
a Hispanic gang from South San Francisco. They drive down the street,
selecting potential victims, and then plan the attack a few blocks ahead and
escape again in their car parked nearby.
Please be careful walking at night. I was only 4 doors down
from my house when this occurred.
The police officer I spoke to last night assured me he would
call and let me know if/when they make an arrest.
Darnit, we’re going to have to find a cool video to brighten this Friday! And does this also beg the question, will this make Pacific Heights real estate prices go bust?