SFPD arrest man suspected of robbing reporter in Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 06: San Francisco police chief William Scott (L) speaks during a press conference with special agent in charge of homeland security investigations Ryan Spradlin (R) at San Francisco police headquarters on April 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco police and Department of Homeland Security Investigations announced the arrests in six homicide cases that took place between 2006 and 2013. Ten alleged members of the Surenos gang were charged with murder and related crimes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco police chief William Scott (L) speaks during a press conference. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:30 PM PT – Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Police in Northern California arrested a suspect after he allegedly robbed a local journalist at gunpoint. On Tuesday, 34-year old Ronald Whitten was taken into custody in San Francisco for possession of stolen property. He had a camera belonging to KPIX reporter Don Ford.

Ford was recently covering a string of robberies throughout the Bay Area when a car with four men drove up and demanded he hand over his recording equipment.

“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview,” Ford recalled. “Three guys jumped out. One had a gun, put it up to my face and said ‘we’re taking the camera.’ My whole thought at the moment was: Let’s be calm. Let’s not get this guy excited. He’s got the gun, I don’t.”

Authorities said the investigation remains ongoing as they continue to search for at least three other suspects.

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