SAN FRANCISCO—Five suspects have been arrested in connection to a series of armed robberies throughout several San Francisco neighborhoods during the holiday season, the San Francisco Police Department noted.
The SFPD identified 19 year-old, Moraga resident Serena Sumpter, 22 year-old, Berkeley resident Marcus Murphy, 18 year-old Sacramento resident Katherin Wilson, 18 year-old, Oakland resident Keith Smith and 18 year-old, Oakland resident Jayonn Blacknell were all taken into custody in connection to the robberies.
Authorities have been investigating the series of robberies since the first week of December. Assisting with the investigation were the units from SFPD’s Northern Station, Central Station, Patrol Bureau Task Force (PBTF) and the Night Investigations Unit (NIU) who saturated the city, focusing their efforts on this investigation.
On December 4, near Gough and Sutter Street an officer from the Northern Police Station spotted a vehicle matching the description of the car used in a recent robbery around 10:17 p.m. The vehicle was stopped and the suspects were detain for investigation. The police recovered stolen property and a firearm during the arrest.
All five suspects were booked for five counts of robbery, conspiracy and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Murphy, Smith, and Blacknell received added charges for probation violations; prior felons are prohibited from possessing firearms.
According to a press release from the SFPD, the suspects stole several cell phones, purses, shopping bags, and jewelry from the victims. Police say the suspects wielded a firearm during many of the robberies.
Authorities have not yet released booking photos of the suspects due to pending identification matters.
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.