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Two men are charged in SF robberies that started with fake online ads

Two San Francisco men were arrested and accused of robbing at least eight people after posting ads for a vehicle on an online marketplace, police said Thursday.

Jevonte Powell, 19, and Jermaine Williams, 20, were arrested last month after a year-long investigation into the series of robberies. Both pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court and remain in prison.

They were accused of listing an item for sale – usually a vehicle offered for less than $5,000 – and then meeting the interested buyers and stealing their property at gunpoint. Several of the victims were attacked and sustained injuries, police said.

Police did not name the online site or provide information about the extent of the victims’ injuries.

The robberies occurred on Blythedale Avenue near Santos Street on April 23, May 1 and twice on May 2, and in the area of ​​Ingerson Avenue near Griffith Street on May 15, 18 and 26 and again on Blythedale Avenue on June 5th.

Police did not say how they identified Powell and Williams as suspects.

Police urged the public to exercise caution when meeting strangers to purchase items from an online marketplace.

The department offered the following tips: Meet in a well-lit public place, such as a police station; Do not share personal or financial information or invite strangers to your home. Be alert and attentive; Keep valuables out of sight or leave them at home. walking and traveling with others; trust your intuition; If you are attacked, do not defend yourself, but instead call 911 and provide as many details as possible.

Police asked anyone with information about the series of robberies to call the department’s hotline at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411.

Reach David Hernandez: [email protected]

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