SFPD Arrest One of Three Suspects in Bayview Robbery, Kidnapping of 79-Year-Old Woman

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Robbery suspect Harden Sandie. SFPD mug photo.

By Luke Thomas

August 22, 2012

Police are asking for the public’s help in bringing to justice two of three suspects at large in the robbing, kidnapping and aggravated assault of a 79-year-old woman at her home in the Portola/Bayview neighborhood in May.

One suspect, Harden Sandie, 22, was arrested August 16 after a DNA match, police said.  He is in custody awaiting arraignment on multiple felony charges including robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary.

Harden is being questioned but it is unclear if he is cooperating with investigators, police said.

Police cannot comment on specific physical, psychological or emotional injuries inflicted on victims but SFPD spokesperson Carlos Manfredi characterized the violent crime against the octogenarian victim as “very serious.”

SFPD press release follows:

On May 27, 2012 at 11:15AM, a 79 year old victim heard a knock on the front door of her home on the 200 Block of Gaven Street in the City’s Portola district. When she opened the door, two suspects rushed past her and into her residence. One of the suspects threw her to the ground and demanded money. A third suspect soon joined the first two. The suspects forced the victim to her bedroom where they went through her things. As two suspects ransacked her room, the third grabbed the victim by the throat and held her still. He then ripped the gold chains from her neck. The suspects then forced the victim to her garage area where they began to rummage through cabinets. When the victim called out for help, the suspects fled.

Officers from the Crime Scene Investigation Unit processed the house and collected evidence. As a result, a Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) hit came back, positively identifying one of the suspects. The suspect, Sandie Harden, 22 years old of San Francisco was arrested and taken into custody by the Bayview SIT team and was booked into Bayview Station on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and burglary.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Bayview Station Investigation Team (SIT) at (415) 671-2300.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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