San Francisco, CA – District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced today that Haoli Weng (26), of San Francisco, has been charged in connection to an armed robbery on Ocean Avenue. Mr. Weng was arraigned on January 19, 2024, and pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree robbery (PC 211), with an allegation that that he personally used a semi-automatic pistol in the commission of this robbery (PC 12022.53(b)). He also pleaded not guilty to one count of possession of a firearm or deadly weapon without a competency certificate (W&I 8103(j)).
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods and employees and patrons must be safe in them,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “Armed robberies are terrifying and I will do everything in my power to ensure that there is accountability and consequences in this case. I am grateful to the witnesses who came forward and the San Francisco Police who made an arrest.”
According to court records, on January 4, 2024, at approximately Mr. Weng allegedly went into a business on the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at a store employee who was standing behind the cash register. Mr. Weng allegedly stole $100 from the cash register, pointed the gun at the employee and fled. On January 17, 2024, witnesses saw the suspect and called San Francisco Police who promptly arrested Mr. Weng.
Mr. Weng’s next court date is February 1, 2024, for the preliminary hearing in this case. The District Attorney’s Office moved to detain him pending trial because of the public safety risk he poses. The court granted the People’s motion to detain without prejudice and set no bail for Mr. Weng. The court will hear further arguments on the motion to detain at the time of the preliminary hearing in this case. If convicted of all charges he faces 15 years in state prison.
Although charges have been filed, this remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
Court Number: 24000973