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Suspect In Smart Phone Strong Arm Robbery Arrested

Damarea Williams-Evans. Photo courtesy of the SFPD.

SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested a suspect responsible for stealing a man’s cell phone on August 4. Damarea Williams-Evans, 23, was taken into custody.

According to a press release from the SFPD, Mission Station officers in the region of 17th and Hoff Streets were flagged down by a person who was walking westbound on 17th Street. He directed officers to the suspect who was walking nearby indicating that he had just stolen his cell phone.

Authorities immediately detained the individual. The victim described to officers that as he was walking on Mission Street playing Pokemon Go, the suspect approached him and snatched his cell phone from his hands. The victim told authorities he chased the suspect and demanded his phone back, and threatened to hit the suspect with a bottle if he did not return his cell phone.

The victim alerted the police that the suspect placed his hands in front of his pants and threatened to shoot him if he came towards him with the bottle. The victim believed the suspect had a gun in his possession and backed off. Police detained the suspect and the victim was able to unlock the cell phone the suspect had in his possession by scanning his fingerprint and was able to show officers a digital image of himself on the phone. Police did not find a gun on the suspect.

Williams-Evans has been charged with felony strong-arm robbery, terrorist, threats, narcotics related charges and several active South San Francisco, Santa Clare and Marin County warrants.

By Casey Jacobs

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