[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of February 20, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email email@example.com.]
CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
Each week in our newsletter, we describe some of the noteworthy crimes in the Richmond District. Lots of homes and businesses have video recording systems and many people carry smart phones with cameras, so there is a chance that one of our readers has captured video of one of these crimes. If you see that there has been an incident near you and you have a video system, please take a moment to check if you have any footage that might help us. If you do, please call the station at 415-666-8000.
Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.
On 02/13/14 at 8:30am, a city gardener and his crew were doing clean-up in the area of the Lily Pond near MLK Drive. The gardener came across a bike that was leaning up against a tent. The gardener asked the occupants of a tent if they knew who the bike belonged to. A female voice said, “Someone else.” Another occupant of the tent, a male exited with a knife in his hand a pointed it at the gardener. The suspect told him that he was going to cut him and the victim backed away. Another male told the suspect to put away the knife and the suspect did. A Golden Gate Park Ranger came upon the scene and could hear the suspect yelling obscenities. As 911 had been called, when the suspect heard the sirens he began to walk away with the ranger following. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. The 21 year old male was charged with aggravated assault and threats.
On 02/13/14 at 10:18pm, officers stopped a male who ran a red light on a bicycle at Euclid and Spruce St. They recognized him from previous contacts and determined that he was in possession of methamphetamine. He was also in possession of credit cards and identification belonging to others. One of whom had been a victim of an auto burglary on 02/01/14. The 44 year old male was charged with possession of stolen property and narcotic violations.
On 02/15/14 at 11:45pm, officers were called to a fight at 20th and Lake St. When they arrived they observed all parties on the corner, with one male bleeding from the head. They spoke to the victim who lives on the 100 block of 20th Ave. He told the officers that he was in his home and heard loud banging from his front door. When he went to check he could see that the glass on the front door was shattered and the suspect was making his way into the home. The victim grabbed a coat rack and began to strike the suspect who continued to push his way in. The victim, a 68 year old male, continued to strike the male and was able to push the suspect out of his home and down the front steps. The victim then fell down the stairs causing injuries. The victim grabbed the suspect by the collar and was able to get him to the ground. A neighbor came out and stood by with the suspect as the victim called 911. The officers attempted to speak with the suspect, however he was extremely intoxicated, incoherent and slurring his words. The victim was treated at the scene for his injuries. The 21 year old suspect was charged with vandalism and transported to a local hospital.
On 02/17/14 at 9:50pm, on the 200 block of El Camino Del Mar, the victim had just parked her car and was getting the groceries from the trunk. The suspect came up to her right side and pushed her to the ground while trying to take her bag. As the bag was slung across her body the victim pulled it off herself and handed it to the suspect who then fled with another male. A nearby witness heard the victim screaming and saw the suspects flee to a silver SUV. US Park Police were in the area and found the SUV inside the Presidio on Wedemeyer St. Two of the occupants had fled the vehicle with the driver taken into custody in the car. An extensive search was done and the two males were located. The two males, both 21 and the female driver, 19yrs, were charged with robbery and conspiracy.
On 02/18/14 at 1:42am, officers were patrolling the area of 24th and Fulton when they observed the suspect walking along the south side of Fulton. The suspect had a flashlight and a knife in a sheath on his hip. Officers stopped to talk to the male and detained him. The suspect was in possession of shaved keys and had several warrants. The suspect also had a stay away order from the area of Golden Gate Park. The 40yr old male, who was on probation, was charged with possession of burglary tools, probation violation and the warrants.
On 02/14/14 at 8:30pm the victim left his home on the 500 block of 3rd Ave. He observed 3 Hispanic males standing in the easement/alleyway on one side of his house. He asked what they were doing and did they need any help. One said, “Keep it moving, we’re having a conversation.” The victim told them they needed to leave and they started yelling at him. One of the suspects then took what appeared to be a shotgun from his pants. He told the victim that they could settle this right now. One of the other suspects took the gun away from the other and said that there were people around and they needed to go. The suspects fled west on Anza. They were described as being 18-20yrs, one wearing a red baseball cap and a gray t-shirt, the suspect with the gun was wearing a black North Face jacket and black pants. The third was wearing all dark clothing.
On 02/16/14 at 2:20am officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 3rd and Geary. The officers located two male victims but due to their injuries were unable at that time to tell the officers what happened. A witness was only able to say that he saw an Asian male punch one of the victim’s in the face several times. The group of Asian males then ran north on 3rd Ave and possibly got into a black BMW.
Between 02/17/14, 4pm and 02/18/14, 7:15am on the 300 block of Spruce St, a suspect tried to make entry into a home under construction by prying doors and windows but was unsuccessful.
Between 02/17/14, 8:15pm and 02/18/14, 6:45am on the unit block of Lupine, two different garages were entered by an unknown suspect. It appeared that by pushing on both front gates, the gate opened and then entry was made into the garage. In each an unlocked vehicle was parked inside and entered by the suspect. There was no loss in either.
On 02/18/14 at 12am, a resident of a home on the 700 block of 17th Ave happened to look out his window. He observed a white minivan stop in front of a neighbor’s home and the passenger exited the vehicle. The male went to the front door of a home under construction and forced open the front door. The minivan left but kept driving around the block. The officers arrived on scene but the suspect had fled out a back door. The neighbor could only say that the suspect was a male wearing a dark sweatshirt.
On 02/19/14 at 2:38am, the victim was walking on Euclid towards Palm Ave. The first suspect walked past her while the second crossed the street to come over to her side. She was then grabbed from behind and forced to the ground. The suspects rummaged through her pockets and took her phone, identification and cash. The suspects fled west towards Arguello. The suspects were males, one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
On 02/19/14, between 9am and 12:35pm on the 2700 block of Clement St a suspect entered an apartment via the fire escape and then through an unlocked window. The suspect took cash.