Larry Carr, one of the three men charged with attempted homicide today, was the same guy who was arrested eight years ago on suspicion of murdering 44-year-old Richard Banks, according to police.
According to police, on Sept. 30, 2004, Carr allegedly shot and killed Banks during an attempted robbery in front of 106 Sixth Street. Police secured an arrest warrant for Carr, alerting the media that the San Francisco man known for frequenting Double Rock was on the lam.
Four months later, police up in Chico caught up with Carr and arrested him on suspicion of murder. However, that case was later discharged, said Officer Albie Esparza. At that time Kamala Harris was San Francisco District Attorney.
On Tuesday -- eight years later -- Carr, now 34 was arrested again along with two other suspects -- 30-year-old Jason Whittenburg, and 33-year-old George Vickers -- after allegedly shooting three men in the Mission District during an attempted robbery.
Alex Bastian, spokesman with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, told us he would track down Carr's old case files to find out more about why the murder charges were never filed. "I have no knowledge of what happened in 2004," Bastian said. "What I can tell you is he is being charged for his role in the recent incident, so he will be charged with three counts of attempted murder."
On Tuesday, at about 3:50 a.m., police were called to 16th and Rondel streets where three men were found shot, just a few blocks from the 16th Street BART station. One of the victims was shot in the chest and two others were shot in the legs. They were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where two are expected to recover and one is in critical condition.
Police responding to the scene spotted the black Mercedes that had been described as the suspect vehicle. After a brief police chase, the driver crashed the car and backed into the patrol vehicle. The three occupants were arrested after police found two firearms in the Mercedes. Another gun, the one that was believed to have been used in the shooting, was found in the middle of the street at Fitzgerald between Ingalls and Hawes, police said.
Police believe the three suspects had been trying to rob the victims when things escalated into a violent scene.
Update 4:47 p.m.: DA Spokesman Alex Bastian said the case was discharged in 2005, pending further investigation, and that status still stands. Today, Carr was charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a firearm, one count of attempted robbery, and two counts of firearm charges.