Every once in a while we are reminded that Bernal Heights — our Little Village in the Big City — is still a part of the big city.
The recent wave of gunpoint muggings continues on the side-streets around central Cortland Avenue. Several people have been robbed and badly shaken up. The crime pattern is consistent. No one has been too seriously hurt.
Last night a Bernal neighbor sent this message:
Tonight my girlfriend was robbed on Andover between Cortland and Ellert.
It seems to have been two of the same perpetrators who robbed the group [earlier this week]. Younger black males dressed in dark clothing (hoodies) with a gun.
She was walking down from the Good Life at about 7:30pm with another pedestrian walking up on the other side of the street across from the library. She was in the most well lit spot of the block. When she reached Ellert the perpetrators seemingly appeared from no where running directly at her. They ran across the street with the gun already out and and told her to “give them everything.” She immediately dropped everything that she had on the ground. Afterward, they said “You have four seconds to run,” at which point she ran as fast as she could into the Good Life to call the police.
During our time speaking with the police apparently two more robberies took place, with one victim being pistol whipped according to the officers.
Just wanted to give the community a heads up and let women know that they need to be walking with friends (preferably male) and that this stick up crew is particularly brazen. From what I could gather from the police these guys really don’t seem to give a fuck and are very dangerous.
Hide ya kids, hide ya wives.
Yesterday, in our previous post on this topic, Bernalwood also received this comment from a reader:
I just got home tonight, hoping that I was playing the odds that the muggers wouldn’t hit Bernal again. I got home alright but ran down to Good Life to pick up some things to find two cop cars and a terrified woman who had just been held up at gun point by four muggers on Bennington (next to GL). It seems these guys are getting braver and braver and staying in the neighborhood.
No one wants to change their lives to accommodate this behavior, but having myself been mugged by four people with a gun not too long ago, I can only say if you can avoid the possibility of ever having to go through that, do everything you can to avoid it.
In their “bravery” they’re going to make a very stupid mistake soon enough. I’m fairly confident with four of them, this can’t go on too much longer.
That’s seems like a wise perspective. Bernalwood has every reason to believe that the SFPD will take an aggressive approach to protecting public safety on the streets of Bernal Heights. This crime pattern will not last.
But for now, prudence is required.
When you are on the street, follow these wise personal safety guidelines. [PDF download]
If you live in South Bernal, watch outside your home. Note any suspicious activity. Write it down. Call the SFPD as required.
Add these SFPD contact numbers to your phone:
- SFPD Cellphone Emergency: 553-8090
- SFPD Non-Emergency 553-0123
- Remember: Dialing 911 from a cellphone connects you with the California Highway Patrol, not the SFPD
Bernalwood will provide additional updates to this post as they become available.
ADDENDUM: Neighbor Darcy adds:
This week there was also a incident near Goat Hill Pizza in Potrero – 3 young man were mugged at gunpoint by three young men.
The officer on the Cortland beat said that multiple victim muggings are unusual. I wonder if these incidents are all related.
Questions that can be asked at a community meeting-
Ask our captain for concise descriptions, vehicle descriptions and when will the meeting be.
I encourage everyone to email David Campos, Captain Falvey and Greg Suhr- We need and deserve a concise plan. In years past Sargent Miller set up an undercover operation and caught a group of thieves that were mugging folks all over 94107 and 94110.