Car crash follows botched robbery
A bungled armed robbery at San Francisco’s Stonestown Galleria came to a crashing end over the weekend when the crooks’ getaway car collided with an unsuspecting driver while fleeing police, officials said.
The two suspects, ages 29 and 27, tried to hold someone up at gunpoint at an ATM at the mall on the 500 block of Buckingham Way around 8 p.m. Saturday, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
The pair, though, ran off empty-handed and jumped into a white car that sped from the scene. Police caught up to the fleeing car just north of the mall and a chase ensued.
About 2 miles away, the suspects blew through a red light on Sunset Boulevard and Wawona Street and slammed into another driver, Andraychak said.
The suspects got out and ran, but police caught them a short distance away.
The 24-year-old driver in the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The firearm used in the attempted robbery turned out to be an airsoft gun, police.
The suspects, who were not immediately identified, were booked in San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
The driver was also arrested on suspicion of felony evading a police officer and felony hitand-run.