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Dec-18-2014

Police Blotter – December 19, 2014 | Woman assaulted with brass knuckles on Fulton

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 19, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On December 11, 2014 at 7:40 AM Officer Ruggerio was on traffic patrol in the area of Crossover Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr.. It should be noted that this was during the recent storm and there were visibility issues due to heavy rain as well as other weather related hazards. The officer observed a vehicle driving with no headlights activated which is a requirement of the vehicle code during inclement weather. Officer Ruggerio initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The officer discovered that the driver although he has been resident in California for 11 years has never held a California Drivers license. The officer cited the driver for driving with no license and other violations.

On December 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM Officers Jones and Dal Porto responded to the 3300 block of Balboa regarding a reported robbery. On arrival at the scene they saw a female who was holding the back of her head because she was bleeding from a head wound. The officers called for immediate medical assistance to respond to the area. The victim said that the suspect in this incident followed her from the (5 Line) Muni coach when she exited at Fulton and 33rd Ave. As the victim was walking along the street she heard the suspect running up behind her, she then turned and saw the suspect who was female wearing brass knuckles on her right hand. The suspect hit the victim in this incident 10 to 15 times on her head. During the assault the suspect told the victim “give me your phone.” The victim in this incident fought back as the suspect fled empty-handed. The victim sustained a laceration to the top of her head but never lost consciousness. The victim was transported to the hospital for further treatment. The investigation into this incident continues…

On December 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM officers Chu and Perez responded to assist officer Lok in the area of Fulton and 48th Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle. Officer Lok had detained the occupants of the vehicle in relation to a prior incident which had been reported in the district. A computer query on both the detained subjects revealed that one detainee had six outstanding warrants for her arrest. The male subject was released at the scene and the female was booked at County jail on the arrest warrants without further incident..

On December 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM officers Macaulay and Ferretti responded to Presidio Avenue regarding a reported robbery. The officers contacted the victim at SFFD Fire Station 10, and were told that the incident occurred in the area of Lyon Street and Pine. The victim stated she was walking northbound on the street when she was approached by an unknown male in a camouflage jacket. The suspect in this incident grabbed the victim’s iphone and fled on foot northbound on Lyon St. the victim then ran to a place of safety at the firehouse to report the crime. The investigation continues…

On December 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM Officer Turner responded to a department store located at 5200 Geary regarding a shop lifting suspect. On arrival at the location the officer contacted the suspect in this incident. When the officer conducted a records check on the subject she discovered an outstanding $55,000 warrant for his arrest. There was no merit to any shop lifting in this incident and the subject was booked at County jail on the warrant without further incident.

On December 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM Officer Kulstad was on patrol in the area of Geary and 21st Ave. when she observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop regarding the violation and contacted the driver. The driver was unable to provide current proof insurance and a records check revealed that the driver’s license was expired. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On December 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM Officers Goold and Maher were on patrol in the area of La Playa and Fulton when they observed a vehicle and an expired registration sticker. They initiated a traffic stop to issue a citation. A computer records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license and also had no insurance on the vehicle. The officers issued a citation for multiple violations.

On December 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM Officers Schor and Lai were on patrol in the area of Euclid and Cornwall when they saw a vehicle fail to yield for 3 pedestrians in a crosswalk. It should be noted that the pedestrian had two young children with her as they legally crossed with a green light. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. As officer Schor spoke to the driver he noted a smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked into County jail on DUI charges and other violations.

On December 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM Officers Finigan and Lok responded to the area of Chain of Lakes Drive and Martin Luther King regarding a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. The vehicle was reported to be swerving from the roadway to the path and back again. On arrival at the scene the officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. As the officers were talking to the driver they saw an opened 24 ounce can of beer next to the driver in a cup holder. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail on DUI charges and multiple other violations.

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Dec-11-2014

Police Blotter – December 11, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 11, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

Battery on Elderly Female – Attempt to locate witnesses
On Wednesday 12/03/2014 between 9:30 am and 11:00 am, a 77 year old female victim was assaulted and pushed to the ground at Muni Bus Stop # 16264 located at 5301 Geary Blvd (at 17th Avenue).

The victim was helped to her feet by two people who witnessed the incident. The victim did not get the names of the man and woman who assisted her. The victim discovered later that her right arm was badly broken as a result of this incident.

Richmond Station requests that these two Good Samaritans come forward and assist us in identifying the suspect in this incident please Contact Richmond Station: Phone (415)-666-8000 or email us at sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.

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The officers of Richmond Station are committed to traffic safety which is why you often read about them making arrests for driving with a suspended or expired license in our weekly newsletters.

Not surprisingly, a 2012 study by the California DMV noted that suspended and unlicensed drivers are more dangerous than drivers with a valid license. The study found that suspended and unlicensed drivers are almost three times as likely to cause a fatal collision.

When SFPD officers cite a person who is driving with a suspended or expired license (or who has never had a license), they do not let that person drive off. There are three options for what happens next:

The car can be parked, a licensed driver can drive the car away, or the car can be towed.

In cases like this, the law and SFPD policy allow an officer to tow the vehicle only when one or more of the following factors are present:

1. The vehicle is parked illegally or is a traffic hazard.
2. There is a risk of theft or vandalism if the vehicle is left at the scene.
3. There is a likelihood of immediate unlawful operation of the vehicle.

We will do our best to deal with dangerous drivers, but they are out there so be careful!

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Our next community meeting is December 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM. (Time change requested by attendees)
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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On December 4, 2014 at 9 PM Officers Yee and Serrano were on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy and Great Highway. The officers responded to assist at the scene of an injury collision which involved a vehicle and a skateboarder. While the officers were conducting their investigation into the collision it was determined the driver was possibly under the influence of narcotics. Officer Yee conducted a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail on felony DUI charges.

On December 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM Officers Ferretti and Macaulay responded to Emerson and Geary regarding a complaint about a homeless encampment. The officers contacted three subjects at the location and while conducting a computer query discovered one was a missing juvenile from San Jose and another had outstanding arrest warrants. The missing juvenile was returned and the subject with the warrants was booked at County jail without further incident.

On December 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM Officers Mulliken and Alexander responded to the Safeway at 850 La Playa regarding a theft. The officers spoke to the security guard who explained that during this incident the suspect had made threats towards the employees. When the officers conducted a computer check on the suspect involved they discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and transported to jail without further incident.

On December 6, 2014 at 4:33 AM Officer’s Yee and Rotschi were dispatched to 16th and Geary regarding a male who had just broken a window in the area. Prior to getting to the location a male suspect was observed in the area who matched the description and was detained by Officers McFall and Anderson. The witness in this incident was able to positively identify the suspect who was responsible for the broken window. It should be noted that the male was heavily intoxicated which was the result of a Christmas party he had attended earlier in the evening. The male was arrested and booked at County jail without further incident.

On December 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM Officers Lok and Wong responded to the 500 block of Clement Street regarding a theft complaint. The officers arrived on scene and officer Lok recognized the subject who was being detained. Officer Lok knew the subject was on parole and contacted his parole agent. The subject was booked at County jail for a parole violation and theft from a merchant.

On December 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM Officers Chu and Perez responded to 10th and Cabrillo regarding a street robbery. The victim told officers that she was standing at the intersection of 10th and Cabrillo waiting for a prearranged ride to pick her up. The suspect approached the victim on foot and produced a handgun which he pointed in the victim’s direction. The suspect told the victim not to scream and then grabbed her phone from her hand. The suspect fled on foot northbound on 10th Ave. along with two other male suspects. The victim in this incident was not injured and the investigation continues…

On December 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM Officers Lok and Finigan responded to the 400 block of Funston Avenue regarding a complaint of five males drinking alcohol on the sidewalk. The officers contacted the males regarding the issue and a computer query revealed one of the subjects had an outstanding arrest warrant. Four of the subjects were moved along and the fifth was booked at County jail for the warrant without further incident.

On December 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM Officers Kawaguchi and Campbell responded to the area of Sutter and Baker streets regarding a reported robbery. When the officers arrived in the area they spoke to the reporting party who happened to be a taxi driver. The driver stated he picked up three passengers in the Union Square area of the city and after driving to their destination they paid their fare and exited the vehicle. One of the passengers then approached the driver’s side window, reached inside grabbing the driver’s work cell phone which was mounted to the dash board. The driver got out of his cab and attempted to get his phone back. It was at this time the suspect produced a gray semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at the driver’s chest. The suspect ordered the driver to give him his personal cell phone and his money, fearing for his safety the driver returned to his cab. The suspect approached the driver again and made an attempt to reach in and grab the driver’s personal cell phone. The driver fearing for his life fled the area. The driver was uninjured during this incident and the investigation continues…

On December 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of Geary and 15th Ave when he saw a black Ford Explorer with expired registration. The officer pulled over the vehicle to give the driver a ticket and discovered that the driver had an expired license. The officer cited the driver for multiple violations.

On December 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of 4th Ave and Cabrillo when he saw a vehicle with a mechanical violation. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query of the driver’s information showed the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On December 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM Officer Neil was on patrol in the area of Geary and 17th and when he saw a vehicle fail to stop at a red light while making a right hand turn. Officer Neil who was on bicycle patrol managed to contact the driver regarding the violation. A computer query revealed that the driver’s license had been suspended for a prior failure to appear. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and the red light violation.

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Dec-4-2014

Police Blotter – December 5, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 5, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE

(Copy of an email from a Richmond Resident regarding magazine scam)

Hi there,

I just wanted to take the time to thank the officer who saved me from getting scammed last night. The doorbell rang around 8/8:30pm and a friendly, well-dressed young man was door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. After politely describing that I have no interest in magazines, he persistently continued with a friendly speech about trying to get a second chance at life as a former gang member. He was trying to earn “points” from magazine sales which would help him earn a bit of money and “turn his life around”. His manner was persistent and polite. I asked to see materials from the company he was representing. They are called “PS Circulation” and the materials he had with him were laminated, professional looking brochure type things. He also had a hand-written list of other folks in the neighborhood that had donated money towards magazine sales earning him these much-coveted “points”.

I like to help people out and didn’t mind contributing, although I should have known better!! I even started to write a check, but thankfully didn’t give it to him, or divulge any personal information such as email, address, phone number, etc. Right in the nick of time, one of the officers in the neighborhood happen to see the exchange and right at that moment, he approached the house, turned his flashlight directly on the solicitor and started questioning him. He let him know that there were multiple complaints in the neighborhood, that under no circumstances was it okay to sell door-to-door at night, and asked for ID. The young man could not provide any and then started getting argumentative. I took this opportunity to go back inside.

Luckily for me, it never got that far, although I do admit I’m a bit flustered about almost falling for it! I sure felt like an idiot, but I also feel grateful because that officer sure saved me!! He swooped in just in the nick of time and taught me a valuable lesson in the process. The Inner Richmond is generally so safe that I forget to be on my guard. I really really really appreciate it!

A little internet research later has shown that this company “PS Circulation” is a major scam situation and some people have reported these nice “salesmen/women” getting aggressive immediately if they are turned down (kicking doors, swearing at people, etc). A lot of folks have reported concern that their house was being “cased” for potential future burglary. The most minor complaints ranged from “i never received the magazines” to complaints of not getting money back if they asked for it within the 10-day window (or whatever the fine print reads).

I didn’t get the officer’s name because I went back inside. But I really want to thank you, whoever you are!! Thanks for being an awesome police officer and saving a well-intentioned citizen from making a dumb mistake.

Cheers!

Editors Note: The Officer noted in this incident is SFPD Richmond Officer Ryan Mariano Star # 9

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On November 26, 2014 at 12:51 AM Officer Yee was working his regular patrol sector in the Richmond district when he had a request to respond to the Taraval district regarding a possible DUI. Officers in the Taraval district had located a male asleep at the wheel of a car at 19th and Taraval Street and believed the driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol. Officer Yee being a drug recognition expert responded to assist. The result of officer Yee’s investigation resulted in the male being booked at County jail on DUI charges.

November 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM Officer Wu was on foot patrol on Clement St. when he observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn within a business district. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver regarding the violation. The driver in this incident told the officer that their License had been suspended for a prior violation and this was confirmed via a computer check. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On November 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM Officer Mulliken was on patrol in the area of Great Highway and Fulton Street when he observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver’s license had been expired for almost 2 years. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving with an expired license.

On November 28, 2014 at 2:26 AM Officer Rotschi was on patrol in the area of 4th and Clement when he observed a male known to him through multiple previous contacts. The officer was also aware they were active outstanding arrest warrants for the individual. The officer attempted to contact the male by identifying himself and requesting him to stop. The male attempted to flee the area on foot which resulted in a foot pursuit. The officer caught up with the male and after a brief struggle arrested him for the warrants and resisting arrest.

On November 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM Officer Faynshteyn was on patrol in the area of Spruce and Geary when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver has had a suspension on file for almost 2 years. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving on a suspended license.

On November 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM Officer Lok was on patrol in the area of 4th and Lake when he observed a vehicle driving in the area with illegal lights. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver had never been issued a license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

November 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM Officers responded to the 3500 block of Geary regarding a bank robbery. The staff of the bank stated that the male approached the teller station and said “give me all your money.” While the teller did not see a firearm, he believed that the suspect had a gun concealed in his right jacket pocket. The suspect fled from the scene in an unknown direction with the stolen cash. There were no injuries during this incident and the investigation continues…

On November 29, 2014 at 1:23 AM Officer Rotschi and officer Faynshteyn were on patrol in the area of Clement and 2nd Avenue when they observed a vehicle fail to stop for a flashing red light. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver regarding the violation. While they were talking to the driver they noticed the smell an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The officers initiated a DUI investigation even though the driver told them he had not been drinking that evening. The driver in this incident was cited for underage DUI while driving a vehicle.

On November 29, 2014 at 7 AM Officer Wu was on patrol in the area of Park Presidio and Fulton when he observed a vehicle doing 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that not only was the vehicle registration expired, the driver’s license had expired eight years ago. The driver was cited for speeding, expired registration and driving with an expired license.

On November 30, 2014 at 11:34 PM Officer Rotschi was on patrol in the area of 28th and Geary when he observed a vehicle with no rear lights activated. The officer observed the vehicle make a left-hand turn and saw that the vehicle also had no front lights activated. The officer initiated a traffic stop with the intention of issuing a citation for driving with no lights during darkness. The officer contacted the driver he immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The officer initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail for multiple violations including DUI.

On December 1st, 2014 at 5 PM Officers responded to the area of Great Highway and Balboa Street regarding a reported robbery. On arrival at the scene the officers spoke to the victim who stated that the incident had occurred in the parking lot of ocean beach. The victim stated he was placing items in the rear of his vehicle when he was approached from behind by an unknown suspect. The suspect told him “give me everything you’ve got. I’ve got a knife.” The victim handed over his wallet and cell phone to the suspect who fled on foot eastbound through the parking lot heading toward Sutro Heights Park. Officers conducted an immediate search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect. There were no injuries in this incident and the investigation continues…

On December 1st, 2014 at 5:07 PM Officer Stephens was on patrol in the area of Clement and 33rd Ave. when he observed a black Subaru with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop contacted the driver. The officer requested a copy of the driver’s license, insurance and registration. The driver was unable to provide current of proof insurance and a computer check revealed that the driver has had a suspended license for 5 yrs. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On December 1st, 2014 at 5:52 PM Officers Schor and Dal Porto responded to a report of a fight in the Westside housing development. As the officers arrived at the scene they observed two females attempting to leave the area. It was at this time the victim came running out and screamed the fleeing suspects. It was determined that the pregnant victim in this incident had also been “maced” by one of the suspects. The victim in this incident had minor scratches and swelling to her face, she was transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect in this incident after being identified was arrested and transported to County jail for booking.

On December 1st, 2014 at 6:13 PM Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of Presidio Avenue and Post Street when he observed a Mercedes driving with no headlights. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for both violations at the scene.

On December 2nd, 2014 at 1:45 AM Officer Yee responded to a call of an auto burglary in progress in the area of Willard North and McAllister Street. When the officers arrived at the scene they observed a male in the process of breaking into a vehicle. The officers detained the suspect who initially gave them a fake name. The officers later discovered that the name provided was that of a friend of the suspect. When the officers ran the suspect’s correct information they found active outstanding arrest warrants. The officers also detained a second female suspect who was reported to be acting as a lookout during this crime. During the course of their investigation not only did the officers discover multiple warrants for both suspects they also recovered burglary tools, narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and a container loaded with tear gas. The suspects were booked at County jail on burglary, narcotics, weapons and warrant charges.

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Nov-30-2014

Police Blotter – November 28, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 21, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

Our next community meeting is December 16th, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On 11/22/2014, at 5:30 PM, Officers Finigan and Lai responded to the Wells Fargo Bank in Laurel Village regarding a robbery in progress. On arrival at the scene the officers were told that the suspect had fled in an unknown direction, multiple of the Richmond units searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect walked up to a bank teller and handed over a note demanding cash, the teller handed the suspect all of the money from inside the drawer. There were no injuries during this incident and the investigation continues…

On 11/22/2014, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Officer Lok was on patrol in the area of Geary and Palm Street when he observed a vehicle with a non-working rear light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted to driver regarding the violation. The driver was unable to produce a driver’s license upon request and a computer check revealed that he had never been issued one. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving with no license issued.

On 11/23/2014, at 1:58 AM, Officers Faynshteyn and Campbell responded to the Kaiser Hospital on Geary regarding an aggravated assault. The officers contacted the victim in this incident who was being treated for injuries to his face. The victim who is an “Uber” Driver picked up two males and a female in downtown area of San Francisco. They drove to the area of Polk and Sutter where a male and female exited the vehicle after paying their portion of the fare. The male requested that the remaining passenger be driven to the area of 18th and Clement in the Richmond district. While driving to the location the remaining passenger suddenly moved from the rear seat to the front seat and attacked the driver. The driver attempted to exit his vehicle but found he was restrained by the seatbelt which he was unable to open. After assaulting the driver the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. While interviewing the driver officer Faynshteyn realized the suspect in this incident fit the description of a person being detained by other officers at 18th and Clement regarding a separate incident. The victim in this incident sustained a broken nose and other facial injuries. Suspect was booked into County jail for aggravated assault charges.

On 11/24/2014, at 1:17 AM, Officers Yee and Rotschi responded to the area of third and Geary regarding a report of a battery at the location. Upon arrival at the scene the officers contacted San Francisco fire Department medics who were attempting to render aid to a male who was bleeding from the nose and had other the minor injuries. The male’s two intoxicated friends were also interfering with the medics and had to be moved back so the fire department could attempt to render aid. It should be noted that the male in this incident was extremely belligerent with the medics and refused to cooperate. Due to two of the subjects being highly intoxicated and unable to care for themselves, they were booked at the county jail for being drunk in public. Both individuals assaulted the transporting officers and attempted to damage department property while on their way to jail.

On 11/24/2014, at 7:27 PM, Officers Stevens and Flannery were conducting a vehicle burglary abatement patrol inside Golden Gate Park. When approaching Nancy Pelosi drive at the Academy of science they observed a male looking into parked vehicles in the area. The officers contacted the male and initiated a computer query on his information. The officers discovered that the male had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was booked into County jail without further incident.

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Nov-20-2014

Police Blotter – November 21, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 21, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
Our next community meeting is December 16th, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On November 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM, Officers Rotschi and Liu were on patrol in the area of Clement and 18th Ave. when they saw a vehicle stopped at the intersection with no headlights activated. The officers completed a U-turn and started to follow the vehicle, at no time did the driver activate his lights prior to stop. When they asked the driver about driving with no headlights he replied “they come on automatically.” The driver told the officers that he was coming from a local bar and had only consumed a couple of drinks. The officers did notice a strong smell of alcohol and initiated a DUI investigation. The investigation resulted in the driver being booked at County jail for DUI and other various charges.

On 13 November 2014, at 10:54 PM, Officers Mitchinson and Cranna responded to a report of a fight with weapons on 35th Ave.. The officers contacted the suspect in this incident at the front gate which was locked and secured. The officers explained the reason for their response to the house and requested see the other person involved to check on their well-being. The suspect refused entry to the officers but with the help of the fire Department they gained entry. They contacted the suspect again who was holding onto a large dog by the collar. The officers were able to secure the dog and detain suspect. The officers found the victim who stated he had been “tased” multiple times by the suspect. The victim also alleged that the suspect suffered from paranoia as a result of smoking methamphetamine. The officers were able to seize a stun gun at the scene and suspect was booked in County jail for multiple violations.

On November 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM, Sgt. Williams was on patrol in the area of Spruce and Euclid observed a vehicle failed to stop at the limits line of an intersection with four-way stop. Officer Lai and Officer Tanaka responded to assist the sergeant and it was later discovered the driver was driving on a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

November 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM, Officers Mariano, Cranna and Mitchinson responded to the Safeway on the playa Street regarding an altercation between two males. When the officers arrived at the scene they were able to identify one male due to multiple previous contacts. With the help of the management staff at the Safeway, the officers were able to review video regarding this incident. The victim male in this incident refused to press charges on the other party. While conducting a records check on both individuals the officers determined there was an active arrest warrant for the suspect in this incident. The suspect was transported to County jail and booked without further incident.

On November 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM, Officers Finigan and Mariano were on foot patrol at the Music Concourse stage in Golden Gate Park. They observed a male sleeping on the stage in violation of the San Francisco Park Code. They contacted the male regarding the violation and a criminal records check revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested and transported to County jail without further incident.

On November 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM, Officer Gordon was on patrol in the area of 25th and Geary Boulevard when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Gordon stopped the vehicle and contacted to driver. A records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

November 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM, Officers Mariano and Finigan responded to the area Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park. Officer Mariano had an arrest warrant a subject who was well known to him from prior contacts. Both officers were able to arrest the suspect without incident and transported him to County jail for booking.

November 16 at 12:20 AM, Officer Yee was on patrol in the area of Park Presidio and Lake Street when he observed a vehicle with no front license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver of the vehicle was unable to produce a valid California license when requested by the officer. The driver was cited for driving with no license issued and the multitude of other violations.

On November 16, 2014 12:30 AM, Officer Yee officer responded to a request from officer Faynshteyn for assistance. Officer Faynshteyn had stopped the vehicle for driving with no headlights activated. Officer Faynshteyn could smell an odor of alcohol coming from vehicle. Both officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail.

On November 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM, Officer Wilberg responded to the area of Fulton and eighth Avenue on arrival at the scene he was flagged down by a white female who was holding her cell phone and crying. Officers Kawaguchi and Campbell also responded to assist. The victim stated while waiting for a Muni bus she was approached by a man holding a silver knife in his right hand. The suspect told the victim to “give me everything you have!” while grabbing the victim’s purse. The suspect fled to a waiting vehicle at the corner of 8th Avenue and Fulton. There were no injuries during this incident. While conducting his investigation into this incident the officer was approached by another victim was also robbed in the same area at the same time. This victim was also waiting for the Muni bus, but during the incident she was struck in the face by the suspect. This victim was transported to the hospital for further treatment. The investigation to both these incidents continues…

On November 17, 2014 at 6:24:00 PM, Officers Wong and Lai responded to the 400 block of Balboa regarding a male causing an altercation at a restaurant. They contacted the reporting party in this incident who told him that the male had left prior to their arrival. The reporting parity was able to point out the suspect sitting at a bus stop further down the block. The officers made contact with the suspect and the computer query revealed an outstanding $100,000 warrant. The male was transported and booked at County jail without further incident.

Of November 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM, Officers Ison and Goold were on patrol in the area of Fulton and 20th Ave. they observed a vehicle with a covered license plate and initiated a traffic stop. The officers contacted the driver and the computer check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for the above violations including driving on suspended license.

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Nov-14-2014

Police Blotter – November 14, 2014 | Officer receives medal of valor

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 14, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S REPORT
Medal of Valor Ceremony 11/12/2014
The members of Richmond Station are proud to announce that our own Officer Patrick Brady was awarded the SFPD’s Bronze Medal of Valor for Bravery in the Line of Duty at a ceremony earlier this week (28:30 mark). Here is an excerpt from the award citation:

“At 11:10 pm on the night of February 3rd 2013, Officer Patrick Brady was returning to Richmond Station after already having worked a very long shift when he came upon a single family home fully engulfed in flames. As Officer Brady sprang into action, he was met by two frantic women fleeing from the house who told him that a 69 year old man was still inside.

Thick dark smoke was billowing out of the burning house and Officer Brady recognized that the man would not survive unless he was rescued immediately. Even though he had no protective equipment or breathing apparatus, Officer Brady ran headfirst into the blaze to find the man. Once inside, he encountered smoke so dense that he had to feel his away along the walls while calling out the man’s name.

After doing this for a while, he was forced to go back outside for a short period to clear his lungs. Once out of the house, he tried to get the women to tell him exactly where the man might be so that he could focus his efforts. In their hysterical state, they just kept repeating that he was inside the house.

Officer Brady ran back into the inferno and continued to navigate along the walls while shouting for the man. He pressed on through the smoke and flames until he located the man who was semi-conscious, disoriented and unable to walk. Officer Brady took hold of him and pulled him from the burning building to safety, thereby saving his life.

Once the family was safe, Officer Brady and other SFPD members began evacuating the nearby homes as the fire was spreading rapidly putting many more lives at risk. Thanks to the efforts of Officer Brady and his fellow officers, there were no further casualties.

Were it not for Officer Brady’s immediate, selfless response and his resolute courage in the face of grave danger, a citizen of San Francisco would have perished in the fire and many other nearby residents would likely have met a similar, tragic fate.

For his heroic actions on the night of February 3rd 2013, Officer Patrick Brady is hereby awarded the Bronze Medal of Valor.”

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We wish to invite you to our next Community Meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library located at 351 9th Ave.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
November 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM, Officer Faynshteyn and Officer Tyler were on patrol in the area of Geary and 9th Avenue when they observed a vehicle make an illegal left turn. They contacted the driver and conducted a computer check which revealed the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On November 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM, Officer Yee observed a vehicle driving with no headlights in the area of Presidio Boulevard and Fulton. The officer contacted the driver and conducted a computer query on the driver’s information which revealed the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations which included driving on a suspended license.

On November 7 at 4:18 AM, Officer Yee responded to 48th and Cabrillo regarding a report of a possibly intoxicated male subject lying in the middle of the street. When he arrived at the location he saw a male passed out in the street lying next to a small pink bicycle. He was able to identify the male via a Jail ID which was in this possession. The male told the officers he had been drinking on the beach and while cycling down the street “something happened.” Due to the fact that the man was unable to stand on his feet a medical response was requested. The male was cited for bicycling under the influence and then transported to General Hospital.

On November 7, 2014, at 4:20 PM, Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of Stanyan and Geary when he observed a vehicle fail to yield to a pedestrian in an intersection. Officer Flannery conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer check on the information provided revealed the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On November 7, 2014, at 7:01 PM, Officers Mitchinson and Cranna responded to the Wells Fargo at 850 La Playa St. regarding a robbery. Bank personnel in this incident were able to provide a description of the suspect. The suspect was armed with a handgun and passed a note to the teller which resulted in the teller handing over an undisclosed amount of cash. Suspect fled in an unknown direction and a search of the surrounding area of had negative results. There were no injuries reported in this incident and the investigation continues…

On November 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM, Officers Wong and Lai were conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Park Presidio and Crossover Drive. The officers were using their department issued speed measuring device and observed a vehicle driving 56 mph in the 25 mph zone. They stopped the vehicle at Funston and Cabrillo and contacted to driver. A computer check revealed that the driver had been suspended since November 24th of last year. They cited the driver for speeding and driving on a suspended license

On November 8, 2014 at 1:06 AM, Officer Yee observed a vehicle speeding, running a red light and having expired registration. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 42 mph on a 25 mph residential street. The officer initiated a traffic stop contacted to driver. The officer determined that the driver was exhibiting signs of intoxication initiated a DUI investigation. Based on the results of the officer’s investigation the driver was booked at County Jail on multiple violations.

On November 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM, Officers Wong and Lai responded to the area of 30th and Geary regarding a report of a possible drunk driver. It was reported that a silver Audi was weaving through lanes of traffic and stopping abruptly. Officers Neill, Dungca and Maher contacted the driver of the above vehicle on Geary between 15th and 16th Ave. A computer check revealed the driver had a suspended license and was on court probation thru June 10, 2015. The officers initiated a DUI investigation and later booked the driver in County Jail for multiple violations, including DUI.

On November 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM, Officer Yee was on patrol in the area of 7th and Lincoln and observed a vehicle with no working brake lights. The officer contacted the driver regarding the violation and a computer check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The officer cited the driver for multiple violations, including driving on a suspended license.

November 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM, Officer Gordon was on patrol in the area of Geary and Stanyan St. when he observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver regarding a fix-it ticket. A computer check on the driver’s license revealed it had been expired since September. The driver was cited for expired registration and driving on an expired license.

On November 9, 2014 at 1:37 AM, Officer Yee observed a vehicle traveling 53 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The officer believed the driver was showing signs of intoxication and was driving under the influence. The officer initiated DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail on multiple violations including DUI.

On November 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM, Officer Stephens observed a vehicle driving on Clement Street with expired registration. The officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who was unable to produce a valid driver’s license. A computer check revealed the driver had never been issued a license in California. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On November 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM, Officer Yee observed a male on a bicycle riding on the sidewalk in a wobbly and unsafe manner. The officer contacted the cyclist who had to prop himself up next to a telephone pole to prevent falling over. The cyclist told the officer he had ingested alcohol and narcotics earlier that evening. The cyclist verbally identified himself to the officer and during this contact the officer observed that the cyclist was extremely unsteady on his feet. The officer initiated DUI investigation which resulted in the cyclist getting booked at County jail for multiple violations.

We wish to invite you to our next Community Meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library located at 351 9th Ave.

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A nominal convenience fee of $10.00 will be assessed for the ability to retrieve your report online. Citizens who do not wish to pay the convenience fee can still come to our Records Unit counter during business hours to obtain a collision report; please be advised that there may be a long line or wait. Our normal Records Unit hours are 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

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Nov-11-2014

Two Richmond District banks robbed last weekend

Three banks in San Francisco were robbed last weekend according to Bay City News, two of them located in the Richmond District.

On Friday, a Wells Fargo Bank on the 800 block of La Playa was robbed just before 7pm. A man entered the bank, gave a demand note to a teller, and opened his jacket to display a gun, according to police.

“The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then fled. Police said the suspect was described as an Asian man between 30 and 35 years old who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs roughly 130 pounds. He was wearing a coat, blue button-up shirt, khaki pants and blue baseball hat with purple writing at the time of the robbery, according to San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza,” wrote Bay City News.

On Saturday, another Wells Fargo bank on Geary near Arguello was robbed around 5:35pm.

“Police said a suspect entered the bank, gave a note to a teller and simulated a handgun in his jacket pocket. The teller handed over cash and the suspect fled the scene. The suspect was described as an Asian man between 30 and 35 years old who is roughly 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes with dark soles at the time of the crime,” wrote Bay City News.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from each bank, but have not yet found evidence to indicate that the three robberies are related.

The third robbery occurred on Saturday around 11:30am at a Citibank on Van Ness Avenue.

Sarah B.

[via Bay City News]

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Nov-6-2014

Police Blotter: November 6, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 6, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

We wish to invite you to our next Community Meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library located at 351 9th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 10/30/2014 at 10:30 am, Officer Eddie Wu was enjoying his day off on Clement St. When Officer Wu is on duty he walks a foot beat on Clement St., and knows all the residents and the merchants. A merchant approached Officer Wu, regarding a possible person involved in the Chinese Blessing Scams. Officer Wu contacted the person with the help of another Officer. The man provided the Officers with a false ID and was in possession of Chinese fortune telling tools. Through Officer Wu’s dedication and hard work, another scam artist is off the street. Great work Officer Wu!

On 10/30/2014 at approximately 11:05 am at the Buffalo Paddock, two people enjoying Golden Gate Park were approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect then quickly grabbed one of the victim’s backpacks. When the victim attempted to get their backpack back, the suspect brandished a gun and fled in an unknown direction. The investigation continues…

On 10/30/2014 at 3:00 pm, an Officer on patrol in the area of El Camino Del Mar, observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The Officer initiated a traffic stop, cited the driver for failure to stop at a posted stop sign and driving with an expired California driver’s license.

On 10/31/2014 at 4:52 am, Officers responded to McAllister St., regarding a robbery. Homeowners were startled awake by their front door handle moving and the sound of glass shattering. They looked out the window and noticed a man fleeing with their Halloween skeleton! When the homeowner approached the suspect, the suspect quickly brandished a knife. Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect. A computer check of the suspect revealed the suspect was on probation for burglary and had a no bail warrant. An arrest search of the suspect revealed he was in possession of burglary tools and suspected methamphetamine. The suspect was later booked at County Jail… Looks like he went trick or treating at the wrong house…

On 10/31/2014 at approximately 7:32 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Maple St., observed a vehicle driving with expired tabs. The Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the driver being cited for expired registration and driving on an expired license.

On 10/31/2014 at 9:10 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Divisadero and Geary Blvd., observed a vehicle driving with prohibited blue front lights. The Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

On 10/31/2014 at 11:15 pm, Officers responded to the Sutro Heights area, regarding a fight between roommates. The roommate that was injured told the Officers the suspect fled the house. While the Officers were still on scene, another roommate told them the suspect just walked past the front door. The Officers stopped the suspect and a computer check revealed he had a felony warrant out of Monterey Co. The suspect was later booked on his warrant and the battery of his roommate.

On 11/01/2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Officers were patrolling the area of Fort Miley near Lands End Lookout. The Officers observed a male in a camper passed out in the driver’s seat. The male appeared very pale and looked as though he wasn’t breathing. The Officers conducted a well-being check on the male, by tapping on the window. When the male woke up he told Officers he must have fallen asleep while watching a movie. A computer check on the California driver’s license provided by the driver revealed he was currently on probation and had a search condition. A search of the camper revealed a quantity of suspected Marijuana in clear zip lock bags and a digital weighing scale. The male was later booked for transporting and possession for sales.

On 11/02/2014 at 1:15 am, an Officer was in the area of Funston and Fulton St. when he observed a vehicle traveling 20 MPH over the 35 MPH speed limit. The Officer initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle. When the Officer contacted the driver, he observed that the driver appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. The Officer conducted a battery of field tests, which the driver did not complete satisfactorily. Based on the Officer’s observations and investigation, the driver was booked at County Jail for driving under the influence of Narcotics. Thanks to Ofc. Yee, one more impaired is off the street.

On 11/02/2014 at 8:10 am, Officers responded to the Safeway located on 7th Ave., regarding a shop lifting incident. The Officers met with the manager of the store who told them the suspects fled in a vehicle with the stolen loot. An Officer put out the description of the suspects to the other responding units. Officers located two people that matched the description of the suspects on the corner of 7th Ave. and Geary Blvd. One suspect was positively identified as being involved in the shop lifting incident. A computer check of the suspect revealed he was on active probation and had a search condition. Officers conducted a search of the suspect and located several burglary tools. The male suspect was later booked at County Jail for burglary and possession of burglary tools.

On 11/03/2014 at 3:30 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy Dr. and Conservatory Dr., observed a male riding a bicycle traveling against traffic, in violation of the California Vehicle Code. The Officers stopped the male and a computer check revealed he had an outstanding $30,000.00 warrant. An arrest search of the male revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine and several burglary tools. The male was later booked into County Jail. Another great arrest by Officer Ison and Officer Goold!

On 11/04/2014 at 11:45 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and Arguello observed a vehicle that failed to yield to two pedestrians in the crosswalk. The officers initiated a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

On 11/04/2014 at 5:30 pm, Officers responded to a call of a possible bicycle theft on the 700 block of Cabrillo St. When the Officers arrived they found the male suspect using a torch to melt a bicycle lock. The male was unable to prove the bicycle he was attempting to free was actually his property. Not to mention he was operating a flammable device without taking reasonable precautions, and he was less than 5 ft. away from several parked vehicles! The male suspect was in violation of several Health and Safety sections. An arrest search was performed and suspected methamphetamine was located on the suspect. The male was later booked at County Jail on several violations. Great job Officer Finigan and Officer Lok!

On 11/04/2014 at 2:06 am, Officers were patrolling the area of Parker St., and observed a male with a flashlight looking into vehicles. The Officers are familiar with this area of the Richmond District and know at times it can get hit hard with vehicle break-ins. The Officers contacted the male and he quickly attempted to leave the area. As the male’s van door was sliding open, a baggie, in plain view was on the floor of the van near the door. Trained in narcotics recognition, the Officers immediately recognized this as suspected methamphetamine. The male was later booked into County Jail. A big thank you to Ofc. Anderson and Ofc. Rotschi for their hard work.

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