Two men and a woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in connection with a home invasion robbery in San Francisco’s Parkside neighborhood last week, prosecutors said. Jerome Hendon, 31, Lemar Wanto, 33, and Denika Govan, 22, were arrested shortly after the robbery, which occurred shortly before midnight on June 24 at a home in the 2100 block of Vicente Street. Two residents, a 71-year-old man and 66-year-old woman, had just arrived at their home when they heard a crash in the front of the home and saw two people enter through the front door, police said.
The men, believed to be Hendon and Wanto, were wearing masks, and Hendon held a gun to the man’s head and demanded money, prosecutors and police said. The victim complied and the pair fled in a getaway car, a blue Honda Civic allegedly driven by Govan. However, a neighbor heard the commotion and called police, who responded and arrested the trio shortly afterward. Hendon, a convicted felon, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, elder abuse, use of a firearm, burglary, false imprisonment and resisting arrest, according to the district attorney’s office.
Wanto was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, elder abuse and false imprisonment, while Govan was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of burglary, prosecutors said. Hendon is being held on $3 million bail, while Wanto’s and Govan’s bail amounts are $530,000 and $300,000, respectively. The trio will return to court on July 19 to set a date for the preliminary hearing.
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