Quick-acting police officers helped a man avoid serious injury while taking three suspects into custody in San Francisco last month, a police spokesman said Thursday. Two police officers interrupted four suspects attempting to steal a 42-year-old San Francisco man’s smartphone in the 300 block of Turk Street at about 11:35 p.m. on Aug. 19, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
The victim was attempting to make a phone call when the four suspects shoved him to the ground and demanded he give them the phone, Andraychak said. Officers were passing the location of the incident in a patrol car when they heard a scream and approached the four suspects on foot, according to Andraychak. The suspects then fled the area down Turk Street, two going east, the other two heading west, and the officers gave chase while radioing for help, Andraychak said.
Officers were able to track down two suspects — a 17-year-old boy from Antioch and Lawrence Phipps, 18, also of Antioch — by Turk and Hyde streets, he said. The 17-year-old leaped a fence into a parking lot where he was later found hiding under a car, police said. Phipps was stopped by officers before he could get over the fence, Andraychak said. Another suspect, Malcom Ireland, 20, of Oakley, was detained at McAllister and Market streets while the fourth suspect fled the area and remains at large, he said.
The victim was able to positively identify the three suspects taken into custody, Andraychak said. The 17-year-old was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center, and Phipps and Ireland were booked into county jail. All three were charged with robbery, conspiracy and resisting and delaying a peace officer, Andraychak said.
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