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Police Blotter – March 23, 2017 | Welcome new Captain Alexa O’Brien

[Editor’s Note: The latest police blotter from the Richmond station is much improved and delivered as a PDF (download it here). We’ll look at a way to embed it in future re-postings, but in the meantime here are the highlights…]

New Richmond District police Captain Alexa O’Brien

MEET CAPTAIN ALEXA O’BRIEN
Hello Richmond District,
First, I would like to begin by saying how honored I am to be Captain of such a wonderful district. Richmond District says it all in its name – it is ‘Rich’ with culture. I believe the numerous community groups and family atmosphere are what give this area such a warm and homey feeling.

A few things about me that will help understand my philosophy on policing and community engagement: I was born and raised in San Francisco and much of my child-hood was spent right here in the Richmond District. I can’t tell you how nostalgic I have felt lately while driving around the Richmond as a police Captain, and remem-bering my childhood at the same time.

Just the other day I went deep into the avenues and it brought me back to my elementary school days when I attended Katherine Delmar Burke School. When I saw the ‘1 California’ Muni drive by me, I remembered going to Irish Dance on 14th Avenue and taking ballet with Ms. Tilly on California St. I have lived in several homes around the district too. Baker and California is where I grew up, and my father still owns that house today. I also have lived at 16th Ave and Geary, 30th Ave and Lake, and 42nd Ave and Clement. I am deeply invested in keeping San Francisco safe, and I am also very determined to make Richmond District residents feel safe as they walk their dogs, enjoy the parks and shop in all the various merchant districts that the Richmond District has to offer.

I have already hit the ground running as Captain. I have met with my Community Police Advisory Board and other important organizations in the Richmond District, such as the Jewish Community Center. As you can see, the newsletter has changed. I intend to use my newsletter as a conduit for the community to learn more about our police officers by highlighting one officer each week. You will see this week’s officer is Raphael Masangcay. I will also share any crime trends or concerns, post up-coming events and hopefully show you all the good work that me and my officers are doing on a daily basis.

I invite you to join me at my first Community Meeting as Captain of Richmond Station. The meeting will be held at the Richmond Branch of the SF Public Library. I’m really looking forward to meeting with you all, and getting to know the residents of the Richmond District.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING
WHO? EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.
WHAT? A MEETING WITH CAPTAIN O’BRIEN.
WHEN? TUESDAY, APRIL 18TH, 2017 AT 6:00 PM.
WHERE? SF PUBLIC LIBRARY, RICHMOND BRANCH, LOCATED AT 351 9TH AVENUE.
WHY? TO MEET OUR NEW CAPTAIN, AND DISCUSS TOPICS CONCERNING CRIME IN THE RICHMOND DISTRICT.

INCIDENTS IN THE RICHMOND DISTRICT THIS WEEK
NARCOTICS ARREST AT SAFEWAY ON LA PLAYA
LA PLAYA STREET AND CABRILLO STREET
03/15/2017 5:10 PM
The Safeway supermarket on La Playa Street was the scene of this criminal conduct. Richmond District officers were called to assist Safeway security who had detained a suspect. Upon their arrival, the officers found security guards physically detaining the suspect.

The officers detained the suspect and investigated the incident further. They learned through the security guards that the suspect was a known thief, and that the security guards had told him to leave the store. The suspect did not comply with the security guards, and instead he decided to kick over food racks and destroy merchandise. At this point the secu-rity guards decided to force the suspect out of the store, where the physical altercation ensued.

Thankfully nobody was seriously injured during this incident. The officers lo-cated a large amount of ille-gal narcotics on the suspect, as well as narcotics para-phernalia commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics.

After a thorough and com-plete investigation by the hard-working officers of Richmond Station, the suspect was booked at County Jail.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT ON A MUNI BUS
GEARY BOULEVARD & 20TH AVENUE
03/16/2017 4:05 PM
Richmond District officers were dispatched to a call of a fight on a MUNI bus. After the suspect assaulted two different passengers on the bus without provocation, the driver stopped the bus and requested police to respond to the scene.

When the officers arrived at the scene, the suspect refused to exit the bus. When the officers were eventually able to remove the suspect from the bus, the suspect decided to actively resist. After a short struggle, the suspect was detained and handcuffed.

The victims who had been assaulted by the suspect left the scene without pressing criminal charges against the suspect. At the conclusion of this incident, the suspect was cited for resisting the officers. He was also transported to a hospital, where he re-ceived a mental health evaluation.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY SERIES SOLVED AND SUSPECTS ARRESTED
On February 20, 2017, Rich-mond District officers re-sponded to a burglary inci-dent at a restaurant in the area of Geary Boulevard and Stanyan Street. The suspects broke in while the business was closed, caused damage
to the property, and stole a safe and currency. The officers took a police report, which was forwarded to Richmond’s Station Investi-gation Team (SIT).

After an intensive investiga-tion, a trio of burglary sus-pects were arrested and charged for the burglary.
Furthermore, the three have also been charged with a slew of additional commercial burglaries throughout San Francisco.

Hopefully, thanks to the fine work of the Richmond SIT, these criminals will be locked up for some time. Great work!

PARTY AT OCEAN BEACH GETS OUT OF CONTROL
OCEAN BEACH
03/1/2017 9:10 PM
What began as a fun bonfire and get-together on Ocean Beach turned into a night of misery for one group of people.
Without any obvious provocation, a large group of approximatley 16 juvenile males began to attack the group. When one of the victims dropped their cell phone, a suspect picked it up and ran away with it. As the owner of the phone chased after the suspect, he grabbed an object in his waistband and yelled that he had a gun.
Once the fighting was over and the suspects had fled, the group realized that additional cell phones and purses were missing.

Officers responded to the scene and searched for sus-pects. 4 juveniles matching the provided descriptions were located on a MUNI bus. Officers also located a black replica BB gun with the orange tip removed, to make it appear real.

The victims were unable to identify the detained juve-niles as being involved in the incident. The juvenile with the replica BB gun was cited, and they were all released to their parents.

This incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the SFPD.

CALL FOR ARTWORK FOR RICHMOND STATION
THE OFFICERS AT RICHMOND STATION NEED YOUR HELP! OUR WALLS ARE BARE, AND WE ARE LOOK-ING TO SPRUCE THEM UP WITH SOME FANTASTIC NEW ARTWORK. WE ARE ALSO CURIOUS WHAT YOUR CHILDREN THINK A POLICE OFFICER LOOKS LIKE…

IT WOULD BE AMAZING IF WE COULD HAVE CHILDREN OF THE RICHMOND DISTRICT SUBMIT DRAWINGS OF PO-LICE OFFICERS. WE WILL DISPLAY THE PICTURES IN THE STATION, AND VOTE ON OUR FAVORITES. THEN, WE WILL PUT THOSE PICTURES IN THE RICHMOND STATION NEWSLETTER AND SHOW THEM OFF TO THE ENTIRE RICHMOND DISTICT.

PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST NAME AND AGE WITH THE ARTWORK. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMIT-TING THEM IS 04/23/2017. YOU CAN EMAIL THE PICTURES TO: SFPDRICHMONDSTATION@SFGOV.ORG OR MAIL THEM TO:
RICHMOND POLICE STATION
461 6TH AVENUE
SAN FRANCISCO CA 94523

Officer Raphael Masangcay

RICHMOND STATION’S OFFICER OF THE WEEK
OFFICER RAPHAEL MASANGCAY

Officer Masangcay has been a police officer for 8 years. He previously worked as an officer in the East Palo Alto Police Department before transferring to the SFPD.

He Grew up in San Francisco, attending School of the Epiphany and Riordan High School. Officer Masangcay then went to Sacramento State where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Officer Masangcay’s desire to help the people of San Francisco was his motivation for becoming a police officer.

When not being one of San Francisco’s finest, Officer Masangcay enjoys a whole host of activities. These include bowling, barbe-quing, working out, and playing video games. He is also manages the Richmond Station softball team, GO BISON!!!

4 Comments

  1. Welcome, Captain O’Brien! We love the improved the police blotter in that it has much more information and is in PDF!!

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