Five men robbed eight residents at gunpoint in an Outer Richmond District home, taking electronics, cash and luggage before fleeing into the darkness this morning, say San Francisco police.
Officer Gordon Shyy says it appears the robbers entered through the unlocked front door of a house on the 500 block of 40th Avenue at 2:50 a.m., rousting the residents from their beds and rounded them up, holding them hostage in the main room of the house at gunpoint. The locked, bedroom-door of one victim was broken down by the assailants.
Shyy says the residents, a mix of men and women in their 20s and 30s, told investigators that the suspects demanded to know where drugs might be located in the house.
“At this point there is no indication that the house was being used to sell drugs or that the previous residents of that house were involved in selling drugs, but the victims did say (the robbers) were looking for drugs,” says Shyy.
The suspects made off with laptop computers, a video game console, a smart phone, a tablet, cash, wallets, a camera and luggage, although no one was seriously injured.
“We attempted to track the phone because we usually try to track smart phones and iPads but this time we didn’t get a signal,” says Shyy.
There is no description of the robber’s car, although a knife found at the scene might belong to one of them.
Shyy says the robbers were not wearing masks and were described as five black males in their 20s, but the investigation is ongoing and so far there have been no arrests. At this time no police sketches are available.
Shyy says anyone with information about this robbery is encouraged to call the SFPD at 415-575-4444