Police Blotter – January 17, 2014 | Message from new Captain

My name is Simon Silverman and I am excited to be taking over as the Captain of Richmond Station. I’d like to congratulate Sharon Ferrigno who has earned a well deserved promotion to Commander. I have big shoes to fill and I promise to carry on the great work that Commander Ferrigno and the members of the station have been doing. Since Commander Ferrigno will be my new boss, she will still be involved in the district with us. I’m honored to have been entrusted with the care of the Richmond District and I look forward to working with the community to keep the district safe.

The SF 49ers are playing in the Divisional Championship on Sunday, January 19th. We are asking our residents and merchants, especially those along Geary and Clement Sts who have garbage pick-up on Monday morning to place their bins out either very late Sunday night or early Monday morning. This can help alleviate trash being thrown or bins being knocked around in the event of spontaneous celebrations or mourning.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

On 01/13/14 at 9:45pm, officers were called to the area of Parker and California on a report of a male digging through resident’s trash bins. They located the male rummaging through the cans and scattering garbage onto the sidewalk. The male told the officers that he was homeless and looking for recyclables. He also informed the officers that he was on probation for narcotic violations. Officer located a flashlight in his pocket and a sparkplug in his backpack. He informed the officers that he uses the sparkplug to break out the window of vehicle to steal items from inside. He does this to support his drug habit. The male was charged with possession of burglar tools.

On 01/14/14 at 5:50am officers responded to a call of a male who tried to force entry into an apartment building on the 700 block of the Great Highway. The caller initially came across the suspect as she was walking her dog and he asked if she knew where San Jose was. He then asked if she had any cigarettes or a CD. She replied no and then believing he was under the influence, quickly left the area. She checked to see if he was following, but he was gone. She then got to her front door and was cut off by the suspect who put himself in between the victim and the front door. The suspect asked if he could come to her apartment as he needed a place to sleep. She told him no and was able to slip by him and get the front door open. When she started to close it, he tried to push it open from outside. After several minutes of back and forth the victim was able to get the door closed and locked it. She then contacted 911 and officers located the male near the building. The suspect told the officers that he had been doing drugs and just wanted a place to sleep. The suspect, a 20 year old male, was charged with burglary and being under the influence of narcotics.

On 01/16/14 at 3pm, officers were traveling on Fulton and observed the suspect cross Fulton St on the red light. The officers stopped to speak to the male and had him sit on the curb while attempting to identify him. He originally told the officers he was 34yrs, but gave them a date of birth that made him 30. When the officers questioned this, the suspect got extremely nervous and began to look around. Suddenly he stood up and ran eastbound on Fulton. The officers caught him and he tried to break free of their grasp. They finally got him to the ground and were able to handcuff the male. They were finally able to determine his true identity and discovered he had to outstanding warrants for his arrest for possession of stolen property from Placer County. The 36 year old was charged with resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and the warrants.

Between 01/10/14, 730am and 01/11/2014, 10am on the 200 block of Anza St, a suspect entered a residence, possibly through an unlocked window. The suspect took a laptop and ipad mini.

Between 01/11/14, 3pm and 01/12/14, 12pm on the unit block of Manzanita, a suspect entered a shared garage by unknown means and took a bike.

Between 01/11/14, 4pm and 01/13/14, 8:30am on the 5600 block of Geary, a suspect entered a business by kicking in a side door. The suspect then entered an office and took cash and credit cards.

Between 01/11/14, 5:30pm and 01/12/14, 9:40am on the 600 block of 12th Ave, a suspect forced open a door to a home under construction. The suspect took tools.

On 01/13/14, between 11:30am and 6:50pm on the 300 block of Maple, a suspect forced open the main door to an apartment building. The suspect then pried open the door to one of the apartments and took an iPad. The suspect then entered the garage and broke the hasp on a storage unit and took a bike.

Between 01/13/14, 4pm and 01/14/14, 7am on the 2600 block of Pine St, the suspect pried open a door to a home under construction and took numerous tools.

On 01/14/14, between 5am and 5:45pm on the 800 block of 28th Ave, the suspect pried open the front gate to a residence. The suspect then went through the front door and took a bike that was in the front entry way.

Between 01/15/14, 5:20pm and 01/16/14, 6:45am on the 2000 block of Scott St, a suspect entered a home under construction by unknown means. The suspect took numerous tools.

On 01/16/14, between 8:20am and 8:40am, two different residences were broken into on the 700 block of Arguello. A caller reported seeing a man reaching into an open window of her neighbor’s home. The male was talking to someone else who the caller could not see. She called 911 and reported the incident providing a description of the suspect as a black male with short hair wearing a gray tank top. As the officers arrived, the residents of another home on the block were out in front as they had just chased a white male from their home. Those residents were asleep and one of them heard a noise and went into the hallway and saw the male with their backpack. That resident started yelling which woke up the rest of the roommates. When the suspect fled the home, he dropped the backpack which contained a laptop and fled south on Arguello. The white male was 28-35yrs, wearing a gray military style cap, black jacket and dark pants.

The home where the caller saw the black male was also burglarized and officers spoke to those tenants when they returned home later in the evening. From that home a laptop, e-reader, jewelry and an iPad were taken.

On 01/17/14 at 2am, a resident of a home on the 100 block of Ewing Terrace awoke to the sound of the garage door opening. She had been asleep in a bedroom off of the garage. She then heard two voices whispering and footsteps. She called her roommate who was asleep upstairs to see if it was him in the garage. He told her that he was in his room and to call the police. The upstairs tenant then looked out the front window and saw a bicycle in front of his garage and also called 911. The suspects fled the scene and when the officers conducted a search, the victims told them that two of their bikes had been stolen, but the two bikes out in front had been left by the suspects. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage.


  1. Maybe we should start placing bets on just how short of a stay he’ll have in the Richmond District…

    6 months?

    4 months?

    A couple weeks?

  2. Welcome to our newest Captain. I hope your tour in our district is a success for everyone except criminals.

  3. Welcome to the Inner Richmond Captain Silverman! I hope you will enjoy your stay here for a few months before you get promoted to another district!

  4. Yes, welcome Captain. Please try to read this blog regularly to get an idea of what some of your constituents are thinking / concerned about. One of them, as you can read here, is that your position is a revolving door. This is demoralizing, at least to some of us here. Our crime — especially violent crime — has increased significantly in the past couple of years. We need more beat cops out on the streets here, and (sad but true) more law violators ticketed or jailed, depending on the infraction. There are some really wonderful things going on here, and I think it’s about the best place in the city to live, but I certainly don’t feel as safe walking around now as I did a while ago. Stick around for more than a few months to get to know our part of town, and to make a positive impact here.

  5. Sure seemed like a lot of police action over the weekend in the ‘hood…. will be interested to see what comes up this week. A lot of firetruck action too – sirens/flying down the streets. Sarah, could you ask the SFFD to see if they’ll do a weekly post too?!

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