3 arrested, 1 still at-large in Russian Hill carjacking, pursuit

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) —¬†Three people were arrested Monday afternoon after a carjacking and pursuit that led police from San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood to Hunters Point.

The incident began around 12:30 p.m. when the victim, a 30-year-old man, spotted his Chevy Silverado pickup truck, which had been stolen on Saturday, in the 900 block of Union Street, according to police.

The victim, accompanied by another man, confronted a suspect in the driver’s seat, but the suspect denied it was the victim’s truck.

Three other suspects then approached, put luggage into the bed of the truck and pulled out handguns. One suspect pointed a gun at the victim’s head and informed him that it was their truck now before they drove away, police said.

Police were then called, prompting a pursuit of the truck that led from Russian Hill onto Interstate Highway 280, where the truck was involved in one hit-and-run collision, according to Officer Grace Gatpandan. No one was injured in that collision.

The pursuit ended at Northridge and Dormitory roads in Hunters Point, where police were able to arrest three suspects.

William Rhymer, a 42-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested on suspicion of felony offenses including carjacking, vehicle theft, conspiracy, aggravated assault, burglary, reckless evading and possession of
burglary tools, and misdemeanor offenses including shoplifting, identity theft and hit-and-run, Gatpandan said.

Daniel Spinks, a 30-year-old San Francisco resident, and Melvin Priestly, a 39-year-old San Francisco resident, were arrested on the same offenses. Priestly was also booked on two felony narcotics offenses.

A fourth suspect, a woman between the ages of 25 and 35, remains at large, Gatpandan said.

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