On Tuesday, December 16th around 4:45pm, a bank on the 1800 block of Irving Street was robbed.
There are two banks on the block, but multiple witnesses who work nearby told Hoodline that the bank in question is the U.S. Bank branch at 1850 Irving. According to the people we spoke with, the robbery was so quiet that they only took notice after SFPD arrived at the scene to investigate.
We contacted Taraval Station later that day and were notified that police had a suspect in custody, though no details were available. On Friday, SFPD released more information about the robbery and subsequent arrest.
According to an SFPD press release, the suspect, identified as Daniel King, 39 of San Francisco, allegedly handed a bank teller a demand note. After the teller complied, King fled the scene in a vehicle.
The police matched the suspect’s description to a perp sought in other recent robberies. The robber has been nicknamed the “Chuck Taylor Bandit” for his Converse footwear, and is believed to be responsible for a total of 10 recent bank robberies, according to KTVU
Investigators obtained security video of the suspect’s car and distributed photos to officers in the vicinity. Within hours, the vehicle was located and King was taken into custody.
After booking, King was charged with seven robberies and three attempted robberies. For the moment, SFPD is not releasing a photo “due to pending identification matters.”
We'll continue to follow the ongoing Chuck Taylor Bandit investigation. In the meantime, if you witnessed the robbery or have any information that could be relevant for the case, SFPD encourages you to call Sergeant Tracy Boes at 553-9143, or the department’s anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444.