SAN FRANCISCO—Officials from the San Francisco Police Department have apprehended a suspect who is responsible for a robbery that took place in the Mission District. According to the SFPD website, on January 13 at approximately 5:35 p.m. officers from the Mission Station responded to a call of a robbery on 24th Street and Mission Street.
After arriving on the scene, the victim, an 84 year-old resident of San Francisco had her purse stolen by a suspect while at a fast-food restaurant. When the victim tried to retrieve her purse, the suspect engaged in a “tug of war,” with the victim and dragged her from the restaurant to the sidewalk. The suspect continued to pull on the purse, lifting the victim off the ground, who lost her grip and fell to the cement sidewalk.
The suspect fled across Mission Street and boarded a stopped Muni bus. Several witnesses and bystanders boarded the bus and halted the suspect until police arrived. The victim’s purse was recovered. The victim informed officers that she was not injured and refused medical attention.
Anthony Terrell Sims, 43, of Oakland was arrested and booked at the San Francisco County Jail for robbery, elder abuse, violation of the terms of his probation and for threatening an executive officer. Sims is on probation for a prior burglary conviction. The charge of threatening an executive officer stems from threats Sims made to kill one of the arresting officers in this case.
The SFPD thanks the community for assisting the victim in distress and detaining the suspect. Authorities are still investigating the case. Anyone with details on the robbery is asked to call the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. Tipsters may remain anonymous.