SF Chinatown bank robbed


A bank was robbed in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood on Monday morning by a trio of suspects, police said Tuesday.

The robbery was reported around 11:10 a.m. in the 1300 block of Powell Street.

The suspects entered the bank and one stood by the entrance with a handgun while a second suspect grabbed the bank manager and the third jumped over the counter and took money from drawers and the wallet of a bank teller, according to police.

The male suspects then fled from the bank on foot and had not been found as of Tuesday morning, police said.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.


The FBI and local authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying three men who allegedly robbed two banks in San Francisco and Millbrae on Monday as well as another San Francisco bank in April.

The most recent robbery occurred at 1:48 p.m. Monday at the Cathay Bank located at 1095 El Camino Real in Millbrae, San Mateo County sheriff’s Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Earlier Monday around 11:10 a.m., a robbery was reported at Metropolitan Bank at 1351 Powell St. in San Francisco, while another robbery was reported April 19 at a Wells Fargo bank at 725 Irving St., FBI and San Francisco police officials said.

In each robbery, the suspects held bank employees and customers against their will, jumped behind teller counters and took money. At least one suspect was armed with a handgun in each robbery, according to the FBI.

In at least two of the robberies, investigators believe the trio fled in a light-colored, older model sedan similar to a Ford Taurus.

Witnesses described the suspects as three black men between 20 to 35 years old who had slim to medium builds and wore thick jackets, gloves and other clothing to mask their heads and faces, FBI officials said.

One suspect is believed to be between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, while the others are between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, according to the FBI.

The FBI has released surveillance photos of the suspects taken during the Millbrae and Irving Street robberies and is asking for the public’s help in determining their identities.

Anyone with information about the suspects, who should be considered armed and dangerous, is urged call the nearest FBI office or dial 911. Calls can be made 24 hours a day in the San Francisco area to (415) 553-7400. Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

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