Oakland muggers nabbed
in San Francisco
BART escape route foiled by police
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
March 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police have arrested
two Oakland men in connection with a string of robberies in the
city's Hayes Valley and South of Market neighborhoods.
Lloyd Darn, 20, and Matthew Webber, 18, both of West Oakland,
were taken into custody on Feb. 22 after they allegedly robbed
a man near Mission and Ninth streets, said San Francisco police
Lt. John Loftus, who heads the department's robbery division.
The two are suspected of robbing four different people within
10 minutes in Hayes Valley around 9 p.m. Feb. 21. They allegedly
used a gun and a knife to threaten victims, who surrendered about
$20 to $40 each. On Feb. 22, the robbers allegedly struck again,
A 42-year-old man was walking north on Ninth Street when the
two suspects grabbed him and threw him against a wall, Loftus
said. One of the suspects allegedly brandished a box cutter or
knife and demanded the man's money. The man surrendered his checkbook,
which the suspects took as they ran off, but they threw it back
at him when they discovered it did not contain any cash, Loftus
Just after the robbery, the victim flagged down police Sgt. James
Seim, who put the man in his patrol car and set off to find the
suspects, Loftus said. When they saw Darn running north on Ninth
Street toward Market Street, Seim radioed for backup and he was
Police arrested Webber in the Civic Center Bay Area Rapid Transit
station, Loftus said.
"Frequently that's one of the places these guys will run.
If (police) respond to an area and there's a BART station nearby
they'll normally search that because it's a great way to get you
out of sight,'' Loftus said.
Further investigation connected the two men with the previous
day's crimes, and they were each charged with five counts of robbery,
Loftus said. They face three to five years in prison for each
robbery count if they are tried and convicted.
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