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Police Blotter – March 7, 2017 | Two unrelated robberies – one with gun – at Ocean Beach Safeway

SFPD RICHMOND DISTRICT POLICE STATION
WEEKLY UPDATE 03/07/2017

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING:
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Richmond Police Station Community Room
461 6th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118

HOW TO COMMEND A SFPD EMPLOYEE OR REPORT MISCONDUCT
“The San Francisco Police Department is committed to ensuring that our officers and non-sworn staff provide unbiased, quality service to the diverse communities we work for. Our goal is to provide accountability and fair and positive interactions between San Francisco officers and the people we are proud to serve. Toward that goal, the Department and the City of San Francisco provide a number of ways to report exceptional service, biased behavior or misconduct by a SFPD employee. Community members may directly contact a Department Supervisor at any SFPD Police Station to file a commendation or complaint regardless of where in the City the incident occurred. If you wish to commend the actions of SFPD member, you may also email the captain of the station in your area or the Department’s Community Relations Unit.”

We need your feedback- please visit http://sanfranciscopolice.org/police-commendation-complaint to learn how to commend a SFPD Officer or file a complaint.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) and Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) programs are an excellent way for the public to become more aware about disaster preparedness and community involvement in a disaster situation.

NERT is a free training program where individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness. The training includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency, as well as activate as members of a neighborhood response team in a safe manner in a disaster environment. For more information visit www.sfgov.org/sfnert, call (415) 970-2022, or email sffdnert@sfgov.org.

Volunteers who have complete the Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training may apply for an 8 hour Police Department (SFPD) course specifically designed for ALERT team members. The goal of the program is to locate, train, and then coordinate volunteers to safely perform essential tasks that assist SFPD after a major disaster. For more information visit http://sanfranciscopolice.org/alert, call (415) 401-4615, or email sfpdalert@sfgov.org.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED IN THE RICHMOND DISTRICT THIS WEEK:

ROBBERY OF A CHAIN STORE WITH A GUN
POINT LOBOS AVENUE & 43RD AVENUE
02/27/2017 9:45 AM
In what appears to be a series of pharmacy robberies, this villainous crook seems to have struck in the Richmond District for a second time. In a similar method to the prior incident, the suspect jumped over the pharmacy counter, pulled out a semi-automatic pistol, and demanded that the employees give him some very specific prescription drugs.

There were several customers inside the store when this incident happened. The store employees and customers were quick to call 911 to report the robbery. Police responded to the scene, but the suspect had already made his escape. Officers searched but were unable to locate the suspect. Most importantly, nobody reported any injuries as a result of this robbery.

The suspect in this incident was described as a white male between 25-30 years of age. He is 6’00” tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. His hair color and eye color are unknown because he covers his face with a black ski mask and a red bandana. He wore a yellow ‘traffic’ vest, blue jeans, and was carrying a black backpack.

A pharmacy robbery series is under investigation. Anybody with information is asked to contact the SFPD’s Major Crimes Unit at (415) 553-1484. If anybody is seen matching this description, please call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.

ARREST: ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF A CHAIN STORE WITH FORCE
LA PLAYA STREET & CABRILLO STREET
02/27/2017 5:13 PM
The Safeway supermarket on La Playa was the scene of this attempted robbery incident. Store employees observed the suspect putting multi-vitamins and ‘over the counter’ pain medications in a plastic bag, before leaving the store without paying for the items. Employees of the store decided to take action. They went outside the store to successfully retrieve the stolen property.

However, the suspect in this incident showed his determination to steal the items when he returned to the store and assaulted the employee who thwarted his criminal plot by pinning him against the counter. He once again attempted to steal the items, but this time was unsuccessful. In the process, 911 was called and police responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, the Officers of Richmond Station quickly detained the suspect nearby. A methodical and complete investigation was conducted, and the suspect was charged with attempted robbery. He was later booked at County Jail.

This Safeway attempted robbery and the pharmacy robbery series are not related.

ARREST: TRAFFIC COLLISION; DRIVING WITHOUT A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE
CLEMENT STREET & 22ND AVENUE
02/28/2017 12:25 PM
Onlookers were understandably unnerved when a vehicle plowed into the front of a Richmond District business, My Favorite Cafe (photos). Fearing the worst, multiple Officers responded to the scene to assist. Thankfully, no injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

Officers arrived and conducted their collision investigation. When they ran a records check on the driver of the vehicle, it was discovered that he was not a licensed driver. He told the investigating Officers that he had mistakenly applied the accelerator instead of the break as he was parking the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was cited at the scene for driving without a driver’s license. Hopefully My Favorite Cafe is not too negatively impacted by the incident, and is able to open for business again soon.

ARREST: POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE, TRAFFIC VIOLATION ARREST
BALBOA STREET & 14TH AVENUE
03/02/2017 9:30 PM
While on patrol, Richmond District Officers observed a vehicle fail to yield to a pedestrian who was crossing the street in a crosswalk. Before pulling the vehicle over to issue the citation, the Officers ran a records check of the vehicle. The records check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The Officers performed a ‘high profile’ traffic stop, and the driver was taken into police custody. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle belonged to a rental company. It had been reported stolen when it was not returned by the renter.

Rental vehicles are frequently used by criminals to conduct their illicit business. Thanks to the keen observation skills of these Officers, the vehicle was returned to it’s rightful owner and potential crimes in the Richmond District were prevented from occurring.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was subsequently booked at County Jail on several felony charges, as well as the original traffic infraction for failing to yield to the pedestrian.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE; TRAFFIC COLLISION; SEARCH WARRANT SERVICE
CLEMENT STREET & 40TH AVENUE
03/04/2017 8:45 PM
As they were responding to a call for service, Richmond District Officers observed a vehicle suspiciously driving in the bushes and foliage along Clement Street. This peaked the Officers curiosity, and prompted them to investigate further. The Officers attempted to contact the driver, instructing him to stop his vehicle. The driver ignored these commands and continued to drive in the vegetation until he collided with a ‘No Parking’ sign. The Officers were then able to approach the vehicle and detain the driver.

Shortly after these Officers arrived, there were numerous 911 calls made regarding this incident. The callers reported that the suspect had crashed into a parked vehicle and then drove off the road into the bushes.

The Officers at the scene noticed that the driver was exhibiting several clear symptoms of intoxication. At that time, a DUI investigation was conducted. The investigation resulted in Officers believing the suspect was under the influence. The suspect became extremely uncooperative with the Officers, and refused to submit to a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol content. This did not dissuade the Officers, who wrote a warrant to retrieve a sample of the suspect’s blood.

At the conclusion of this investigation the suspect was booked at County Jail. He was charged with driving under the influence.

CONTACT US:
Richmond Police Station
461 6th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 666-8000
Anonymous Tip Line: (415) 668-7387

2 Comments

  1. So long Captain Yep. Your stay out here was brief. Enjoy Central Station.

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