Man arrested in series of robberies in which he allegedly targeted Asian women
An Oakland man has been arrested in connection to a recent series of robberies in which he allegedly targeted Asian women, San Francisco police said.
Police had responded on the evening of Tuesday, September 21, to the unit block of Maynard Street to investigate a reported robbery. The victim, a 27-year-old woman, told officers that two men had ambushed her as she was getting out of her car, tore her backpack away from her, and fled in a red sedan, driven by a third suspect, that had been waiting nearby.
Investigators soon located the sedan in the area of Chester and 5th Streets in Oakland, and later spotted one of the suspects — identified as 20-year-old O’Sean Garcia — approaching it. An officer made contact, identifying himself as such, and arrested Garcia after a short foot pursuit.
Investigators ended up linking Garcia to six other robberies dating back to March of this year, and noticed that all victims in these cases were Asian females.
Garcia remains in custody on seven counts each of robbery, conspiracy, and hate crime enhancements.
On Wednesday, September 29, investigators located an unregistered firearm and several additional items of evidence connecting Garcia to the robberies.
The investigation is ongoing.