SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department captured robbery suspects Zaire Jones, 18, Laurice Berrett, 18, and Collante Trotter, 18 for multiple charges including robbery.
The SFPD indicated that the threesome committed an armed robbery on Monday, January 11 in the Pier 15 area. “Officers located a 29-year-old male victim. The victim was being treated by medics and was later transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” the SFPD indicated.
Authorities indicated the robbery was witnessed by several people who reported that the suspects drove a dark-colored sedan that stopped “next to the sidewalk on The Embarcadero.”
The witnesses saw two young males get out of the dark sedan and walked over to the victim, both of them armed with “handguns with extended magazines,” the SFPD reported.
After the male suspects approached the victim, the police noted the witnesses reported the suspects punching and kicking the victim over and over until they took the victim’s camera away from him.
After the assault, authorities indicated the witnesses saw the suspects run towards the dark-colored sedan, which was driven by a third suspect, and subsequently left the area.
“Dispatch broadcast the suspect vehicle description over the police radio. Officers responding to the area located the vehicle stopped at a stoplight at the intersection of Broadway and The Embarcadero. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle,” the San Francisco Police Department stated.
Authorities noted the suspects did not pull over, and sped away from the police, trying to avoid an arrest. The suspect’s vehicle crashed into a parked pickup truck on The Embarcadero before they fled the scene. A pursuit commenced that spanned several city blocks before ending at the intersection of Pine Street and Petrarch Place, after the driver lost control and crashed. Two of the culprits tried to flee, but were taken into custody by officers.
Officers discovered the suspects were responsible for an armed robbery that occurred before the police captured them, where a 69-year-old victim was held at gunpoint and had her purse stolen on the 2200 block of Mason Street. The dark-colored vehicle used by the suspects was reported as stolen in Oakley.
The San Francisco Sherriff’s Office records indicate that Barrett was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery; assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury; receiving or buying stolen property; resisting, obstructing delaying a peace officer or EMT; carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony; inflicting injury on elder adult likely to cause great bodily injury; possession of a large-capacity magazine; having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and battery with serious bodily injury.
Trotter was charged with carrying a loaded firearm, evading an officer with willful disregard, receiving stolen property, motor vehicle, unlicensed driver, two counts of hit and run driving, unlawful driving, or taking of a vehicle, along with the same charges that Barrett faces.
Jones was arrested with the same charges the other two suspects face, along with one count of conspiracy to commit a crime. According to the SF Sherriff’s Office, all three suspects are expected to appear in court on January 19, 2021 at 9 a.m.
The SFPD is still asking for the public’s help regarding the case because it is an active investigation. Information should be given to the San Francisco Police Department at 1-415-575-4444 or text at TIP411 and start the message with “SFPD.”