San Francisco police arrest woman for robbery, extortion of city Board of Supervisors member

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco police have arrested a woman accused of extorting and robbing city Board of Supervisors member Scott Wiener, according to police.

Police said they arrested 40-year-old Lasonya Wells on Friday. At around 5:45 p.m., officers at the Mission Station were alerted by a bank security guard and Wiener that the supervisor’s cellphone had been taken, police said.

At some point before, Wiener negotiated with Wells for the return of his phone in exchange for money, according to police. Authorities said Wells and two other suspects escorted Wiener to an ATM.

That is when Wells demanded money from Wiener. Wiener withdrew the cash and gave it to Wells, who then gave him back his phone through “a third party,” according to police.

The suspects ran away from the scene, police said. The incident happened near 16th and Mission streets, police said.

Officers searched the area for evidence and eventually arrested Wells at her home, police said.

Police are still looking for the two other suspects.

Wells was booked into jail on felony kidnapping for ransom or extortion, robbery, grand theft, and probation violation charges.

No other information is available.

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