Car crash fol­lows botched rob­bery

San Francisco Chronicle - - OBITUARY - By Evan Ser­noff­sky Evan Ser­noff­sky is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: es­er­noff­sky@ sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @EvanSer­noff­sky

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.

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