13 suspects arrested for SF robberies

February 21, 2009 1:12:36 PM PST
San Francisco police announced Friday that they arrested 13 robbery suspects in a series of unrelated incidents in the city Tuesday and Wednesday.

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At about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, police arrested Giampiero Bazzoni, 58, after he allegedly held a cab driver at knifepoint and demanded money.

The driver managed to escape from the cab unharmed, while Bazzoni tried to drive the cab but crashed into a wall in the 1200 block of Taylor Street. He tried to flee the cab, but the driver tackled him to the pavement and detained him until police arrived.

At about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dante Armstrong, 33, was arrested for a robbery that allegedly occurred on Sunday, police said. Later Tuesday, at about 5:20 p.m., police also arrested Alejandro Sisa, 33, for allegedly robbing a 40-year-old man at gunpoint.

Sisa allegedly robbed the victim of his backpack, which contained a laptop computer and work documents. The victim chased Sisa, who ran into a building at 22nd and Capp streets, where police eventually took him into custody.

Police also arrested 10 suspects in four robberies on Wednesday.

The first came early that afternoon when police arrested two teenage boys for the theft of a classmate's iPod.

The boys, who were 14 and 15 years old, attend Herbert Hoover Middle School, according to police, who learned that the iPod had since been sold, allegedly to buy drugs.

Later Wednesday at about 4 p.m., police arrested two men at the Bay Area Rapid Transit 16th and Mission station plaza for a robbery that occurred at the same location two weeks earlier.

Roland Zinn, 49, and Melvin Walker, 39, allegedly stole a man's bags of groceries, and the victim called police after seeing the suspects again.

Police also arrested five teenage boys at about 8:30 p.m. after they confronted a 16-year-old boy and his 23-year-old uncle while they were walking near the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Moscow Street.

One of the suspects physically restrained the younger victim, while another suspect punched him and stole his wallet and cap, police said.

When the victim's uncle tried to intervene, a suspect showed a handgun in his waistband and threatened him, according to police.

The suspects, three 15-year-olds and two 17-year-olds, were arrested a short while later in the 5000 block of Mission Street.

The last robbery arrest came at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday when a man allegedly ran toward a woman and demanded her purse. The woman fled and was pursued by the suspect, who was eventually arrested by police responding to a report of the robbery.

Chad Diekman, 39, was taken into custody on robbery and various narcotics charges.

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