SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department captured Oakland resident Jason Eliasin, 22, for a string of burglaries in the Bay Area on December 1.
According to a press release from the San Francisco Police Department, Eliasin was booked with 10 counts of robbery, 2 counts of attempted robbery, 7 counts of armed in the commission of a felony, 4 counts of false imprisonment, 2 counts of kidnapping to commit robbery, 4 counts of burglary, and one count of attempted burglary.
Authorities indicated that Eliasin attempted to rob a bank on the 500 block of Geary Boulevard on October 24. He approached a bank employee and demanded money while noting he had a gun. He was not successful in gaining funds from the bank and fled the scene on foot.
A few days later, on October 31 at 3:37 p.m., the SFPD indicated that Eliasin stole money from a cash register on the 500 block of 3rd Avenue. He reportedly threatened employees with a gun and they gave him the money. The SFPD reported that Eliasin took the money and ran away before the police arrived.
He robbed two separate commercial businesses on the same day on November 2. Once, Eliasin robbed a commercial business at the 200 block of 19th Avenue at 1:11 p.m., and the second time was later that day at 5:42 p.m. at the 300 block of 25th Avenue.
According to authorities, both times Eliasin “demanded money while brandishing a firearm. The victim complied and the suspect stole money and fled.”
Eliasin committed another commercial robbery on November 24 at 11:21 a.m. and another one on November 27. The police indicated that while these two robberies were taking place, employees at both businesses looked at him and he “threatened” them. According to the San Francisco Police Department, “Both employees complied with the demands of the suspect while the suspect stole US Currency and fled on foot.”
On November 30, the police department stated that an employee of a bank witnessed a man trying to open a locked door to the bank. When the employee went to the door, “the employee noticed that the male matched the description of a bank robbery suspect that had recently robbed other banks,” stats the press release. The employee called the police, but once they arrived Eliasin avoided capture again.
On December 1 at 9:30 a.m., Eliasin robbed another bank on the 300th block of 6th Avenue. According to police, after the robbery, Eliasin fled on “a bike share bicycle and traveled to Hyde and Market Streets where he parked it and walked down a stairwell to the Civic Center BART Station.”
The San Francisco Police Department indicated they contacted the BART Police to assist them in locating Eliasin. It was the BART Police who initially found Eliasin, but he fled on foot.
“During the foot pursuit Tenderloin Station officers and investigators with the SFPD Robbery Detail stopped the suspect and took him into custody on the unit block of Grove Street. During the arrest officers seized a replica firearm and a knife, which were in the possession of the suspect,” the SFPD stated.
The SFPD is confident that Eliasin is the responsible for all the previous robberies based on “matching suspect descriptions as well as videos and images captured on surveillance cameras are some of the ways that established probable cause to arrest the suspect for the additional robberies.”
Authorities still need the public’s help regarding the case. Anyone with information can call 1-415-575-4444 or text TIP411 to tell investigators any information regarding this case. All informants will remain anonymous.