We have a description of a vehicle thanks to neighbor and victim Miranda. Here is her words for you to hear and be on the watch for! Once again, thanks Miranda…
MirandaJan 27, 4:32 pm
“I am a victim from november and from one it sounds like onr of the originals. I will be there tonight and i really hope there are police officers there.”
…That there is the neighborhood meeting tonight (Sunday) at 7:30 at Martha Brothers Coffee which is on the corner of Cortland & Ellsworth. Hope they catch them soon!
Ladies (and gentlemen too!), We need to be extra careful when walking in the neighborhood right now. The last two nights there have been 2 incidents where ladies were held up at gunpoint and robbed.
The scary thing about these robberies is that they both happened at around 8:30-8:45pm! This is prime time people. Practically still daylight!
The first incident happened two nights ago (tuesday) at about 8:30pm, a group of four ladies were walking on Cortland Ave. and were held up at gunpoint around in front of Taco Los Altos. They were approached by 3 young adults (2 hispanics and 1 black males) were reported to have gotten out of a car (i am sorry, i do not know the make and model). The ladies were held up and had their money and cel phones and purses taken from them.
Tonight they struck again. As i approached the grocery store to buy some dinner, i saw 2 police officers talking with a young well dressed girl right outside the store. The girl was well put together but clearly shaken. I inquired inside and was told that she was held at gunpoint as well just one block from the grocery store one block down Andover at Jarboe. To add insult to injury, not only did they take her purse and phone, but also took her GROCERIES!! Can you believe the nerve?!
A last incident that should be noted. There was another incident this week down at 30th and Mission St. A guy was stopped by 3 young men at around 4am and was held up at gunpoint. The guy refused to give up his phone and wallet and in the process was shot by the assailants in the hand. I do not know if this is the same group of kids that preyed on the ladies the last couple days but it sounds pretty similar. I wouldnt be surprised if it were the same people doing the strong arming. They are all currently still at large.
An unnamed worker at The Good Life also told me that another thing that he thought these guys seem to be preying on are possibly intoxicated ladies. I am not sure why he believed this and didnt press him to explain why. I wish i had though to ask about the vehicle involved but i will look into it and get back to you all with updated information.
Keep your eyes peeled ladies. If you get stopped by a robber with a weapon, GIVE THEM YOUR ITEMS THEY ARE REQUESTING! Your stuff can be replaced. Your life can not! Walk in well lit places and if at all possible, take one of the one way streets going the opposite way so you can see anyone who is coming toward you. Put a lock on your phone. Download a phone tracking/retrieving app (i have findmyiphone and its free!) maybe cary pepper spray and keep your eyes open.
These kids are going to be caught. Possibly soon. They are possibly minors and possibly do not have a record so it may take a little longer than one would expect for an adult but these kids are so bold and brazen and prolific that it is just a matter of time before they are caught. Just keep your eyes and ears open and you are aware of your surroundings. AND BE SAFE!
As it turns out, while witnessing the aftermath of victem number 1 last night, those brazen bastards actually strong arm robbed TWO more times just less than THREE blocks from where the fucking COPS WERE!! Not only that but after visiting the comments in Bernalwood (http://bernalwood.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/wave-of-muggings-continues-near-cortland-avenue/) It looks like these have been possibly been going on since November and also over in Potrero and Glen Park neighborhoods which makes sense since they are two of our neighboring neighborhoods. Bottom line folks… If you are just going to the store, only carry what you absolutely need. Leave the iphone and the whole wallet at home if you are smart. That way at least they wont get our whole lives in one fell swoop. Be safe Bernal! AND KEEP YOUR EYES & EARS OPEN AND OBSERVING YOUR BLOCK!!