San Francisco Deputy Sheriff Arrested for Bank Robbery

November 16, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that criminal charges have been filed against Philip Chun Tong, age 36, for robbing the Bank of America at 3701 Balboa Street on November 7, 2012.

“San Franciscans expect the men and women in uniform to uphold the laws and protect our residents, said District Attorney George Gascón. “Mr. Tong’s conduct is deplorable and will be met with serious consequences.”

Philip Chun Tong, a San Francisco Deputy Sheriff, has been charged with one count of Robbery in violation of California Penal Code Section 211 and one count of Burglary in the Second Degree in violation of California Penal Code Section 459, as felonies. It is also alleged that this was a Serious Crime pursuant to California Penal Code Section 1192.7 (c)(19).

According to the affidavit in support of arrest, Deputy Tong entered the Bank of America at approximately 4:47 pm on November 7, 2012 and presented a demand note to a bank teller. The affidavit states that the bank teller gave $1,700 in currency to Deputy Tong and he then left the bank. SFPD obtained the demand note and video surveillance from the robbery. The affidavit states that officers from the SFPD CSI Unit were able to identity fingerprints belonging to Deputy Tong on the demand note. After identifying Deputy Tong as a suspect, the affidavit states that an SFPD Inspector obtained a current photograph of Tong and compared them to the video surveillance evidence resulting in a match.

An SFPD Inspector worked together with a prosecutor from the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit to obtain an arrest warrant for Tong and a search warrant for his residence.

Deputy Tong was arrested on November 16, 2012 by members of the SFPD Major Crimes/Robbery Detail.

SFPD Inspector Phil Wong investigated this case. Michael Sullivan is the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting the case.