A day after a gunpoint carjacking and an impromptu weapon-and-drug giveaway, the San Francisco Police Department continues to seek the three men who led them on a wild chase from Van Ness through SoMa on Thursday morning.
It was 9:20 a.m. when, SFPD spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza says, three men approached a driver of a red Buick who was waiting at the intersection of Van Ness and Market. One of the men held a gun to his head, ordered him from the car, then all three got in and took off up Van Ness.
Police, who had been called to the scene, quickly tracked the stolen car to Van Ness and McAllister. That's where they witnessed, Esparza says, the suspects toss a gun, drugs, and cash from the car — a Tarantinoesque set of Santa's elves.
(Police managed to retrieve the handgun and narcotics thrown from the vehicle, but never found the discarded cash, Esparza says.)
The three merry men (described by police only as "in their 30s wearing dark clothing") took a right and headed through the Tenderloin, Esparza says, then into SoMa, even striking a vehicle at Natoma and Seventh Streets. Fortunately, no one was injured in the collision.
By Howard and Seventh Streets, the men had had enough of driving, and bailed from the car, Esparza says. They took off on foot, at which point the SFPD officers in pursuit lost them.
As of Friday morning, police are still seeking witnesses to the carjacking, and for anyone with information on the suspects. Those in the know should call SFPD at 415-575-4444.