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Sep-30-2014

Police Blotter – September 26, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 26, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
We are continuing to get reports in the Richmond and Citywide about a scam involving people pretending to be IRS Agents. In this scam, the victim receives a call from a person who says he is an IRS agent calling because the victim he owes money to the IRS. The caller threatens that if the victim doesn’t pay immediately, the IRS will send the police to arrest the victim.

The fake IRS agent usually has a great deal of information about the victim including their address. They will demand that the victim purchase money cards(usually Green Dot brand), and tell the victim to call them back with the numbers from the cards. At this point, they will cash out the cards remotely and the victim’s money is gone forever. The fake IRS agent can be quite persistent and aggressive on the phone. The number they are calling from may appear to be a legitimate IRS number on caller ID, but that is because they are using software to hide their actual number. If the victim calls back, they make even get a voice mail system that seems to be for an IRS office. It is also fake. Many of the suspects have heavy foreign accents.

This is always a scam. The IRS does not demand immediate payment over the phone using cash cards. The SFPD does not arrest people for the IRS. If you get a call like this, just hang up and ignore the caller if they call back. They may be angry or persuasive, but the fact is they are almost certainly far, far away and will quickly move on to the next victim if you don’t cooperate. We have never heard of a case where the suspect actually showed up and confronted the victim.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/16/2014, at 12:14 pm, Officers responded to the area of Mountain Lake Park regarding a report of a male who may have attempted suicide. The male in this instance was said to have slashed his wrist and was sitting at a stairwell bleeding badly. Multiple Richmond and U.S. Park Police units responded to the call along with San Francisco Fire Department medical personnel. The officers saturated the area but were initially unable to find the male. All personnel involved in this incident started a systematic search of the area, eventually locating the male at 8th Ave and Lake Street. Medical aid was rendered immediately and the male was then transported to San Francisco General Hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation. During this incident it was discovered that the male was in the system as missing from a mental health facility.

On 09/18/2014, at 6:25 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of the “Chess Tables” observed a male lying on the ground and appeared to be pale and sweating profusely. The officer contacted the male to offer medical attention which was declined. The officer discovered that the male had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was booked into jail without further incident.

On 09/19/2014, at 1:02 am, Officers responded to a report of a male breaking into vehicles in the area of the 200 block of 18th Ave. The caller in this instance was able to provide an accurate description of the suspect she saw breaking into a vehicle in the area. The witness immediately called the police who responded and saturated the area. They were able to positively identify the suspect and later booked him for auto burglary.

On 09/19/2014, at 1:10 pm, Officers responded to a report of a possible explosive device on a Muni coach at the corner of 6th Ave and Balboa St. The muni driver followed the Muni protocols which are in place regarding a call of this nature. The officers contacted the initial caller who directed them to a person who had claimed to be carrying a device. The officers were able to see into the open bag and were immediately able to determine that was no merit to explosives in the bag. The officers spoke to the male who claimed to have the explosives. He said prior to getting on the bus an unknown female had stepped on his bag and he told her not to. The unknown female asked what was in his bag to which he replied “I have a bomb.” When asked why he would make a statement like this the male said because it was a stupid question. The was no merit to this incident and there were no injuries. The male was cited for the violation.

On 09/19/2014, at 6:45 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 25th Ave. saw a vehicle with no license plates. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. It was discovered during their investigation that the driver was suspended from driving. The driver was cited for the above violations at the scene.

On 09/21/2014 at 11:33 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 17th Ave. saw a vehicle run a red-light at the intersection. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and during the contact discovered that the male was driving on a suspended license. The male was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

On 09/22/2014, at 6:57 am, Officers responded to the 200 block of 14th Ave. regarding a public decency complaint. The caller in this instance was reporting that two adults were naked and in a dumpster having intimate relations, while also smoking in a dumpster full of flammables. As the officers were making contact the male turned and the officers saw narcotics paraphernalia in the males possession. As the officers continued their investigation they were able to recover a large quantity of methamphetamine along with other items. The male was booked on multiple violations and a probation violation.

On 09/22/2014, at 3:57 pm, officers responded to a reported assault at a business premise on Clement St. On arrival at the scene the officers contacted the victim who stated she was struck on the head and had her hair pulled by a family member who goes to the business for free food. The suspect in this incident was known to enter the kitchen and cook food for himself without asking for permission on prior occasions. The business owner told the suspect that he was welcome to sit and eat but that he was not to enter the kitchen and should have the regular chef cook for him. On this occasion the suspect became enraged and assaulted the business owner, afterwards fleeing the scene. An ambulance arrived on the scene and the victim declined any medical aid. The investigation continues….

On 09/22/2014, at 4:56 pm, Officers on traffic enforcement patrol in the area of Jackson St and Arguello observed a silver dodge commit a vehicle code violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who told them “I don’t have a driver’s license.” The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

On 09/24/2014, at 5:05 pm, Officers responded to the area of 11th and Geary regarding a report of a male brandishing a knife. When officers arrived at the location they were unable to see anyone in the area and so got out on foot to continue their search. The officers discovered a male lying on the ground passed out due to an unknown reason. The officers did discover a knife which they removed from the male prior to waking him up. The male was discovered to have multiple warrants for his arrest and was subsequently booked at the county jail.

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We are still suffering from vehicle break-ins along Fulton St. and around the Sutro Baths – Point Lobos Areas. We are actively addressing the vehicle break-ins that occur but we also need the assistance of the general public in this endeavor.

We would ask you to follow these general guidelines.

    You should lock doors and windows, even if the car’s in front of your home.
    Remove valuables from your automobile.
    Remove ‘pull-out’ style radio face plates (if equipped).
    Park in well lit areas when possible.
    Park where your car will be easily & frequently viewed (natural surveillance).
    Park in your garage if you have one.
    Use a car alarm, it will alert anyone nearby.
    Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for a short time.
    Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.
    You should never leave portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems in a vehicle.

The San Francisco Police Department remains committed to the reduction and prevention of vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, and to the prosecution of those that steal vehicles. We hope the information provided will help the members of our community.

4:24 pm | Posted under Crime | 1 comment
Sep-29-2014

Man threatens suicide after DUI stop on Park Presidio Saturday night

Late Saturday night around midnight, northbound traffic on Park Presidio Boulevard between Clement and Geary was diverted due to an incident with a traffic stop.

SFAppeal reports that SFPD pulled over a man on Park Presidio on suspicion of a DUI. The driver then threatened to kill himself and was armed with a knife. He cut himself during the incident.

More police and SWAT team members were called to the scene. Flash grenades were used to subdue the suspect who was then detained and transported to a hospital.

Traffic backed up onto 12th Avenue on Saturday night due to the closure on Park Presidio. The incident concluded around 1am.

Sarah B.

11:31 am | Posted under Crime | 3 comments
Sep-22-2014

Police Blotter – September 19, 2014

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

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE

“The problem with information on the internet is that you can’t always depend on its accuracy.” – Abraham Lincoln, November 1863

Technology has made information more accessible, but not necessarily more accurate. It’s very easy for a private individual to make an inaccurate comment on the internet (accidentally or intentionally). Most of us have seen examples where such an inaccurate comment is taken as the truth and it sets off a whole chain of responses.

We are going to continue to put our energy into publishing a useful newsletter instead of trying to set the record straight every time someone makes an inaccurate internet comment about a police matter in the Richmond District. I have faith that our readers can judge the merits of blog comments, tweets etc. for themselves.

Our next community meeting will be on Tuesday 09-16-2014 at 6:00PM in the Community Room at Richmond Station: 461 6th Ave.

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In reference to a question in the comment section of a post on the RICHMONDSFBLOG.COM

Q: RichmondResident said (09/13/14; 12:39 pm): Where’s the story about the cyclist who was killed by a driver at Clement and 31st on Wednesday?

A: We have researched this incident and contacted the Officer who took the initial collision report. It was troubling to me that we were being asked about a fatal collision of which I was unaware. I am glad to say that the incident did not result in a fatality as stated by “RichmondResident”. It so happens that the victim suffered a broken bone in the shoulder area and was transported to hospital.

Editor

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/12/2014, at 1:41 am, Officers on patrol in the area of 24th and Geary observed a vehicle fail to stop for the red light at the intersection. Officers also noted that the vehicle was fitted with lights which are not approved for use by the DMV. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The officers noticed the driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. They conducted a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of the male driver at the county jail.

On 09/12/2014, at 11:11 pm, officers responded to the 400 block of 24th Ave, regarding a report of a loud house party. The caller indicated that this was an ongoing issue at the location. As the officers arrived at the scene they observed a male who was under age with an open bottle of alcohol outside the location. The officers initiated contact and requested that the male identify himself with an ID. The male initially lied about having ID but eventually provided an out of state ID. The male was cited for the violation and released at the scene.

On 09/13/2014, at 5:24 pm, Officers responded to the 200 block of 3rd Ave. regarding a report of a male who wanted to commit “suicide by cop.” The officers responded and requested additional units to the area in an effort to secure the scene. The officers used their department training and initiated the appropriate response protocols for an incident of this type. With the help of outside units the officers secured the general area and made a maximum and immediate effort to protect residents who lived in the area. The male told the dispatcher that he was trained to “shoot center mass” and had sufficient training to kill the responding officers. With the protocols in place within the SFPD, a variety of specialized units arrived to the scene and were able to further secure the area. The SFPD officers who arrived at the scene initially had attempted to gain a rapport with the individual to no avail. A Hostage Negotiation Team member was able to contact the individual and after a period of timer get him to exit the building into custody. Officers searching the premise did recover a handgun which was seized and booked into evidence. None of the local residents, the responding police, medical units or the male were injured during this incident. The male was transported from the scene for evaluation.

On 09/13/2014, at 10:42 pm, Officers responded to the 500 block of 20th Ave. regarding a report of a robbery. On arrival at the scene they contacted the victim who stated he had been struck over the head with a black revolver. The victim in this incident refused any medical assistance and was able to provide the responding officers with a detailed description of the suspects. The suspects demanded everything the victim had on his person and then ordered the victim to south on 20th Ave and not look back. The investigation continues….

On 09/14/2014, at 7:25 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of 26th and Fulton observed a bicyclist committing an infraction and initiated a contact with him. During their contact the officers discovered that the cyclist was in possession of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. The officers tested the substance and discovered that it showed a positive result. The cyclist was later booked at the county jail for multiple violations.

On 09/15/2014, at 11:18 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Scott St. saw a vehicle which was parked in a crosswalk with three occupants aboard. The officers stopped their vehicle and contacted the driver and passengers. One of the officers observed a weapon which was next to the front passenger area and another in the rear behind the driver. The officer requested backup and when they arrived they fully detained the occupants of the vehicle. One of the occupants had a long criminal history and had six outstanding warrants for his arrest. A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of methamphetamine. The driver was booked at the county jail for possession and his warrants.

On 09/15/2014, at 10:21 pm, Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person which was called in by a concerned citizen. On arrival in the area the officers saw a male who matched the description provided by dispatch and the contacted him. As they were interviewing the male he provided them with a false name which the officers were sure was not him. Eventually the male provided them with his real name and while conducting a warrants check the found out he had an outstanding warrant. The male was discovered to be in possession of tools which are common to auto burglary suspects. The male was booked at county jail on multiple violations.

On 09/16/2014, at 2:01 am, Officers on patrol in the area of La Playa and Cabrillo St. observed three males who appeared to be waiting for a Muni Bus. What drew the attention of the officers was the fact that the males matched the description of the suspects involved in robberies both in the Richmond and other districts. The males were noted to match the description exactly which was provided regarding the other cases. The officers decided to contact the males and while doing so noticed the males were getting agitated and appeared ready to flee. The officers using techniques which they learned in the academy successfully detained them and then discovered a “BB Gun” which appeared to be “very realistic.” Responding officers assisted and helped in the identification and transportation of the males who were booked into jail for multiple robberies across the city.

On 09/16/2014, at 3:40 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton St. and 35th Ave. observed two males cycling on the sidewalk. The officers contacted the males regarding the violations and initiated a criminal history check. One of the cyclists came back with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. One individual was cited for cycling on the side walk while his friend was also cited for the same and then booked at county jail on the outstanding warrant.

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Sep-12-2014

Police Blotter – September 12, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 12, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
On 09/10/2014, between 4:54 pm and 5:53 pm, Richmond Station officers did an outstanding job responding to four injury collisions and two non-injury collisions within this hour. All the officers in the district conducted themselves in a professional and timely manner, handling everything that was thrown at them.

In the middle of this the officers completed a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of an individual who was responsible for three collisions on Fulton Street alone. There was a total of four collisions on Fulton Street during this time.

Our next community meeting will be on Tuesday 09-16-2014 at 6:00PM in the Community Room at Richmond Station: 461 6th Ave.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/08/2014, at 10:36 pm, Officers on patrol on Geary St. observed a black Mercedes proceed through a solid red light making no apparent effort to stop. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver produced a Washington drivers license which when checked came back as cancelled and the driver was cited for the violation. There was a passenger in the vehicle that turned out to have a DUI warrant for his arrest. While booking the passenger at the county jail it was discovered that the passenger was in possession of fraudulent government documents. The investigation continues…

On 09/08/2014, at 12:20 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Park Presidio observed a vehicle traveling 20mph over the posted speed limit. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver was never issued a license and was cited for multiple violations.

On 09/08/2014, at 5:01 pm, Officers responded to 17th and Geary regarding a possible carjacking. A female stated that whole driving her vehicle she picked up her son who was standing on a street corner. The female said her son appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance and was very agitated. She said her son grabbed the wheel and it took all her strength to avoid hitting other vehicles in the roadway. When she managed to stop the vehicle her son pushed her from the car and drove away. The son was later located in another county by another agency. He remains in custody…

On 09/06/2014, at 11:02 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 2nd Ave. observed a vehicle with mechanical violations. They stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who it was later determined was driving on a suspended / revoked license. The driver was cited for the violations.

On 09/06/2014, between 7:00 am and 8:20 am, Officers responded multiple times to the 500 block of Point Lobos regarding multiple reports of an aggressive male in the area causing damage to vehicles. Each time the officers searched the area the male had disappeared. On the final call the officers were able to locate the male thanks to a 911 caller. The male was identified and a warrants check revealed that he was currently wanted for two outstanding warrants. The male was booked at the jail on the warrants and multiple other violations.

On 09/06/2014, at 3:42 pm, Plain Clothes officers working in the area of Golden Gate Park observed a person known to them as a prolific auto burglary suspect. The officers contacted the male who was in possession of a laptop computer which he claimed was his. The officers were able to find contact information on the laptop for the actual owner who did not know he was the victim of an auto burglary. With this information in hand the officers were able to book the offender at county jail for the offence.

On 09/06/2014, at 4:20 pm, Officers responded to a call regarding an aggressive, intoxicated male urinating in the area of 2900 Geary Blvd. On arrival at the scene, the initial caller pointed out the suspect who was in the process of urinating on the wall of a nearby building. The officers contacted the male who appeared to be highly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet. The officers were also able to determine the male had a warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at the county jail.

On 09/06/2014, at 2:17 pm, Officers responded to a call of what was described as a “Mentally Disturbed Individual” by the caller at the 100 block of Commonwealth. The male was said to have run up to a female screaming he was being chased by the “Mexican mafia” because he had “got with the wrong girl.” While en-route the officers where further told the male had entered the 2nd floor and was standing with a kitchen knife in his hand. The female was said to also be in the house trying to locate her husband and her young child who had locked himself in his room. When officers contacted the female in this incident she was able to provide a photograph of the male suspect which she had taken with her phone. While initiating various safety protocols prior to making entry to the building, officers heard the sound of glass being smashed. Shortly the officers saw the male who appeared to be covered in blood and agitated. The officers successfully subdued the male who was taken into custody by the responding officers. Officers then checked on the occupants of the premise who were inside when the knife wielding male made entry. The child and both parents were uninjured and successfully rescued by the responding officers. Officers had the male medically checked due to lacerations on his hands and arms. After being medically cleared at SFGH the male was booked into county jail.

On 09/05/2014, at 9:01 pm, Plain Clothes officers in the area of Bowling Green Drive and Nancy Pelosi Drive observed a male cyclist known to them through previous contacts. The cyclist had multiple outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. The Officers identified themselves and the attempted to stop the cyclist but he started to flee the area. The officers chased the cyclist on foot and entered a wooded area where they saw the male attempting to hide under a bush. The officers grabbed the male, placed him under arrest and handcuffed him. The officers confirmed five outstanding warrants and later booked the male into the county jail without further incident.

On 09/05/2014, at 3:50 pm, Officers responded to the area of Lorraine Court regarding a report of a male involved in “Aggressive Solicitation” selling magazine subscriptions. The original caller wished to remain anonymous and just have officers contact the male. When the officers arrived on the scene they observed the male having an argument which ceased as they approached. The officers advised the male the scope of what he was allowed to do while going door to door. The male was identified, admonished and officers left the area to go back on patrol. About thirty minutes later at 4:25 pm, Officers again responded to the same area regarding a similar report with the same suspect description. Yet again the reporting party did not want officers to do anything regarding this issue. Yet again the officer admonished the male and advised him about the repercussions of aggressive solicitation. The officer went back into service but did note that the male was more agitated than when he had spoken to him earlier. At 5:26 pm, the officer responded to a third call regarding the male and contacted him in the area. On this occasion the male was detained due to his apparent disregard of the warnings he had received earlier in the evening. At this time the officer was approached by a third complainant who stated she was in fear due to the aggressive nature of the suspect. This time the male was cited for municipal code violations.

On 09/05/2014, at 9:00 am, Officers responded to a report of a missing person. The officers spoke to the concerned family member who stated there were medical issues with the missing person. The officers initiated an immediate search in an effort to locate the missing male. Officers from the district spread out and went to the various areas the missing person was known to frequent but were unable to make any contact. The officers created and issued a statewide alert for the missing person and entered his information into the missing persons system. A number of officers were detailed to keep on a continuous search in an effort to locate the missing male due to reported medical issues. Later the same day at 11:30 pm, the missing male was located, alive and well. He had driven to various locations in the city throughout the day. Family members were unable to contact him because his cell phone was left at home.

On 09/04/2014, at 10:12 pm, Officers on regular patrol in the area of the Aids Memorial in Golden Gate Park observed a male acting in a suspicious manner. The male was contacted and a records check showed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at the county jail on the warrant.

On 09/04/2014, at 5:11 pm, Officers in the area of 34th and Fulton St. contacted male regarding park code violations. While conducting their investigation, officers were able to recover a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. The male was booked into jail on narcotics violations.

On 09/04/2014, at 1:00 pm, Officers responded to the area of 10th and Cabrillo regarding a report of a possible theft. The victim in this incident was contacted and reported that known suspect had assaulted her and stole her money jar. The officers were able to eventually contact the suspect and convinced him to return to the scene via telephone. While conducting their investigation, officers were able to recover the stolen money and arrested the male for robbery with force.

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Sep-5-2014

Police Blotter – September 5, 2014

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

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
When you think of nightlife in the City, you don’t usually think of the Richmond District, but we do have a few bars, clubs and restaurants that draw a late night clientele. This can sometimes cause problems in a district that is primarily residential. The vast majority of nightlife businesses in the Richmond want to be good neighbors and they work hard to do just that.

When problems occur, the SFPD can gain compliance through cooperation and or enforcement. This week, officers from Richmond Station made routine visits to several night spots in the district and found that most places were in compliance with the rules and regulations. Officers did cite a number of underage drinkers and noted some violations of the “Good Neighbor Policy” which places conditions on businesses. For instance, businesses have to keep doors and windows closed to reduce noise and have to prevent crowds from obstructing the sidewalks out front.

If you have nightlife related problems, please call us at Richmond Station and talk to the Permit Officer Tobius Moore and we will work to resolve it. We want the district to be safe, peaceful and enjoyable for all.

Our next community meeting will be on Tuesday 09-16-2014 at 6:00PM in the Community Room at Richmond Station: 461 6th Ave.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 08/28/2014, at 7:04 pm, Officers responded to a report of a male sleeping at the wheel of a vehicle which was blocking the roadway. On their arrival at the 200 block of 24th Ave. the officers found the male in the vehicle slumped over the wheel with the engine running. The officers had to turn off the vehicle for the safety of all the parties involved. It took the officers an extended period of time to wake the driver to check on his wellbeing. When the driver woke up the officers noticed the objective signs of being under the influence of an unknown substance. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of the driver and the seizure of a quantity of suspected various narcotics…

On 08/28/2014, 7:22 pm, Officers responded to Arguello St. to the house of a suspect with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The officers were unable to locate the suspect at home and so called him to arrange a meeting where they would give him some documents. When officers arrived at the meeting place they were able to arrest the suspect on a $400,000.00 arrest warrant without incident.

On 08/29/2014, at 1:45 am, Officers responded to the area of Balboa and Great Hwy regarding a report of a vehicle stopped in the street with the driver passed out. A witness who was driving south on Great Hwy came across the vehicle which was completely stopped in the street. The witness said there were no other vehicles in the area and there were no obstructions in the street which would have blocked the stopped car. The witness went to check on the well being of the driver and discovered him passed out, with the engine running and the vehicle in drive. The driver then woke up and exited the vehicle. The witness stayed on the scene and kept an eye on the driver until police arrived. A DUI investigation was initiated and the driver was later booked for DUI at the county jail.

On 08/29/2014, at 1:55 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 5th Ave. observed a vehicle make a U-Turn against a solid red light. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and soon determined the driver was suspended/revoked. The driver was cited for the U-Turn and driving suspended violation.

On 08/29/2014, at 12:16 pm, Officers responded to Golden Gate Park to assist a Park Ranger regarding a suspect with a warrant for his arrest. The Park Ranger had contacted the suspect and managed to detain him without incident. When officers arrived at the scene they were able to confirm the detained suspect’s identity and verify the warrant with the sheriff’s department. The suspect was booked at county jail on the warrant.

On 08/29/2014, at 7:10 pm, Officers responded to the 600 block of 39th Ave. regarding a report of a missing person. The missing person was said to be suffering from a serious medical condition and needed to be located. While officers scoured the area in an effort to recover the missing male a citizen contacted the police to advise the missing male was at their home. The good Samaritan had been approached by the missing male looking for directions. In an effort to help they managed to get contact information from a card which was located in the missing male’s pocket. The missing person stated he had gotten off at the wrong bus stop and then become lost.

On 08/31/2014, at 5:01 am, Plain Clothes officers in the area of 5th and Geary observed a vehicle with false registration tabs fixed to the license plate. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and noted a strong smell of what appeared to be marijuana emanating form the vehicle. The officers told the driver their reason for the contact and asked to see his driver’s license but he did not have one. During a search of the vehicle a quantity of narcotics was discovered and seized. The driver was booked at the jail for both misdemeanor and felony violations.

On 08/31/2014, at 6:51 pm, Plain Clothes officers working in the area of MLK and 25th Ave, saw a male who the immediately recognized through prior contacts. The male was known to have an active felony parole warrant for his arrest. While conducting a search of the male the officers discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. The male was booked for the warrant and drugs without further incident.

On 08/29/2014, at 12:30 am, Officers were operating in the Richmond district as part of an underage drinking enforcement operation. During their operation the removed and cited six underage drinkers from bars and cited them. In addition they also cited others for multiple violations outside bars on the sidewalk.

On 09/01/2014, at 12:07 am, Officers on patrol in the area of California and 5th Ave. observed a Jeep with a nonworking headlamp. The officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver. It was determined that the driver was suspended/revoked due to previous violations. The driver was cited for driving suspended and a broken headlamp.

On 09/02/2014, 1:41 am, Plain Clothes officers in the area of 7th and Fulton saw a female sorting through recycling and throwing garbage about the area. The officers contacted the female and found out the female had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The female was booked into county jail without incident.

On 09/02/2014, at 3:50 am, Officers responded to the area of the 700 block of 44th Ave. regarding a reported robbery. The officers contacted the victim who said he was parking his car when he was approached by a male with a gun. The victim noted a suspect SUV with another occupant (driver) double parked nearby. The male ordered the victim to “don’t move. Give me your money.” The suspect ordered the victim to lie on the ground while then went to the driver’s side of the vehicle and searched the interior. The suspect when finished then fled the area in the vehicle seen by the victim earlier during the incident. The victim was unhurt in this incident and the investigation continues…

On 09/02/2014, at 3:55 am, Officers responded to the area of 46th and Fulton regarding a reported robbery. The officers contacted the victim who said while he was in his car he was approached by a male with a gun. The male ordered the victim to open his door and then rummaged through the victims belongings. The victim pleaded to keep his cell phone, the suspect insisted that the battery be removed and given to him before he fled. The victim was unhurt in this incident and the investigation continues…

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We are still suffering from vehicle break-ins along Fulton St. and around the Sutro Baths – Point Lobos Areas. We are actively addressing the vehicle break-ins that occur but we also need the assistance of the general public in this endeavor.

We would ask you to follow these general guidelines.

You should lock doors and windows, even if the car’s in front of your home.
Remove valuables from your automobile.
Remove ‘pull-out’ style radio face plates (if equipped).
Park in well lit areas when possible.
Park where your car will be easily & frequently viewed (natural surveillance).
Park in your garage if you have one.
Use a car alarm, it will alert anyone nearby.
Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for a short time.
Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.
You should never leave portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems in a vehicle.

The San Francisco Police Department remains committed to the reduction and prevention of vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, and to the prosecution of those that steal vehicles. We hope the information provided will help the members of our community.

9:35 am | Posted under Crime | 9 comments
Sep-3-2014

Video: Bike bandits in action

What happens to a bike after it gets stolen from the streets of San Francisco? Today Show reporter Jeff Rossen locked up a bait bike to a tree in San Francisco – outfitted with a GPS tracker – and sat in a surveillance van and waited.

Watch the video to see what happens…

Sarah B.

[via SF Citizen]

10:33 am | Posted under Crime | 8 comments
Aug-28-2014

Police Blotter – August 28, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of August 28, 2014. We've been told that the station has been flummoxed by a new email system, so the blotter is not currently being emailed every week, only posted to the station's Facebook page. To be added to the station's mailing list for future deliveries, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
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!

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 08/24/2014, at 1:13 am, Officers responded to the area of 36th and Anza regarding a reported assault. Upon arrival the officers saw a male laying on the sidewalk bleeding. The officers rendered aid until a medical unit arrived on scene. The male was unsure what had transpired and had initially thought he had been shot in the head or hit with a bottle. The victim was returning from a night out when he was assaulted by 3 males. A witness had observed the 3 males exit a grey Ford Expedition and then proceed west on Anza from 36th Ave. A short time later the 3 males returned and got into the waiting vehicle which was driven by a fourth suspect. The witness continued on Anza Street and discovered the male victim lying on the ground. The victim discovered that his phone was missing and did not appear to have suffered any further loss. SFFD Medics treated the victim at the scene and then transported him to St. Mary’s for further attention. The investigation continues…

On 08/25/2014, at 1:23 am, Officers on regular patrol in the area of the 3500 Block of California St. observed a male who the officers knew had an outstanding warrant. The male was known to the officers through multiple prior contacts. The officers arrested the male and while continuing their investigation discovered a quantity of possible Methamphetamine in baggies along with a measuring scale. The male was booked at county jail for possession of methamphetamine, possession for sales and the warrant.

On 08/23/2014, at 12:45 am, Officers on regular patrol in the area of Balboa and 12th Ave. observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The vehicle went through the limit line at about 10-15 m.p.h.. The officers followed the vehicle and contacted the female driver. They saw that the driver showed the objective signs of intoxication so they initiated a D.U.I. investigation. The driver was later booked at the county jail for D.U.I..

On 08/22/2014, at 4:35 pm, Officers responded to the area of Geary and Masonic regarding a report of male possibly vandalizing vehicles in the area. Upon arrival in the area the officers spotted a male who matched the description provided by the dispatcher. The officers contacted the male and were able to find out he was on current probation. The officers discovered the male was in possession of burglary tools and various electronic items. While conducting their investigation they were approached by a citizen who stated that he was the victim of an auto burglary which had just occurred. As the victim described the stolen items, the officers realized that the detained suspect was in possession of matching items. A further independent witness was able to point out the suspect as the person he saw breaking into the victims vehicle. When the victim was shown a recovered Ipad mini he was able to provide proof that he was in fact the owner of the item. The suspect was later booked at the county jail on multiple felony charges.

On 08/23/2014, at 6:14 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and Arguello Blvd saw a female park in a disabled parking space and walk towards a nearby store. The officers parked their vehicle next to the disabled spot and saw a parking placard hanging from the mirror. A short time later the officer saw the female walking back towards her vehicle. When the female made eye contact she transitioned from a normal walk to a heavy right side limp. The female stated the placard was issued to her mother and further stated that her mother was in the store which she had just left. The officer offered to escort the female back to the store in an effort to contact the placards owner. On hearing this the female then told the officer that her mother was not in the in the store but was in fact at home. The female was cited for placard misuse and the placard confiscated.

On 08/27/2014, at 8:10 am, Officers observed a Volkswagen Jetta fail to stop at a posted stop sign at Euclid and Heather. The officers contacted the driver and a computer query revealed that the driver was driving on an expired license. The driver was cited for both violations.

On 08/27/2014, at 11:00 pm, Officers responded to the 3600 Block of Washington Street regarding a report of a missing person. The officers interviewed the reportee and were directed to the Crissy Field area as a location which the missing person frequented. As these officers were searching for the missing male other officers were calling around other locations in an effort to make contact. Later that night officers contacted the male at his home and were told there were no problems or issues. The male had forgotten his phone and not checked in with his mother after making prior plans to meet her.

On 08/21/2014, at 4:52 pm, Officers saw a Silver Impala driving in the area of 8th and California with paper plates. The officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who was later determined to be driving on a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 08/26/2014, at 5:25 pm, Officers responded to the 300 block of Arguello Blvd. regarding a known parolee who had a warrant issued for his arrest. The officers contacted the parolee at his listed home and made an arrest without incident.

On 08/26/2014, at 11:00 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of 16th and Geary observed a vehicle which was driving in an unsafe manner. The officers followed the vehicle for a number of blocks and observed further violations so they pulled the vehicle over. When the officers contacted the driver they noted the distinct smell of marijuana and that the driver was showing signs of alcohol intoxication. The officers initiated a D.U.I. investigation and later booked the driver for the D.U.I. and various other violations.

On 08/28/2014, at 12:35 pm, Officers contacted a male regarding traffic code violation. When the officers conducted a records check they were advised the male had a warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested without further incident.

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Aug-26-2014

Police Blotter – August 22, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of August 22, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
I am pleased to announce that two officers from Richmond Station are being promoted to sergeant next week. Officer Tom McWilliams and Officer Will Heppler have been key members of the plainclothes unit here at the station and have been responsible for many great investigations and apprehensions over the last few years. We wish them all the best and we congratulate them on their well deserved promotions!

Please also make note of a new phone scam that is making the rounds. You can get full details on the scam here. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back. Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like “You’ve reached the operator, please hold,” while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate. Police say the calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers. The area codes used by scammers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 08/14/2014, at 5:06 pm, Officers responded to 17th and Geary regarding a male taking off his clothing in the street. Officers contacted the male and during their investigation discovered the male had a warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at county jail.

On 08/14/2014, at 2:02 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton and 4th Ave. saw a vehicle complete an unsafe U-turn over double yellow lines. The officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who stated he was driving his friend’s home. Officers smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and started a DUI investigation. Subsequently the male was arrested for DUI and booked into Jail.

On 08/16/2014, at 6:20 am, Officers responded to Turk and Beaumont regarding a reported robbery. The female victim in this incident stated she was walking east on Turk St. between Beaumont and Parker when a suspect approached her from behind. The female was wearing “earbuds” and listening to music at the time. The suspect grabbed her by the arm, spinning hher around and then grabbed her Iphone. The suspect fled on foot west on Turk St. The victim refused medical attention and the investigation continues….

On 08/17/2014, at 9:12 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton and 6th Ave. saw a vehicle with expired registration tabs. They effected a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed the driver was suspended from driving due to a prior violation. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and also ticketed for the expired registration.

On 07/17/2014, at 1:13 am, Officers responded to Divisadero and Scott St. regarding a street robbery. On arrival they contacted a male and female who were victims in this incident. Both victims stated they were talking on the street in the 2500 block of Bush St., when they were passed by two males. As one of the males passed he asked “are you alright’” Both victims said they were “fine” and this is when the first suspect stepped between them and drew what is described as a black semi automatic handgun. The victims were told to hand over their belongings and they complied. The suspects fled the area in a silver vehicle. Neither victim was hurt during this incident…

On 08/17/2014, at 10:50 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Funston and Geary saw a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. They conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed the driver was suspended from driving due to a prior violation. The driver was cited for failing to stop and driving on a suspended license.

On 08/17/2014, at 12:19 pm, Officers responded to a reported fight in the area of 3rd Ave. and Geary. At the scene officers during their investigation completed a records check and discovered that one of the individuals had a warrant for his arrest. The arrested person was also in possession of narcotics paraphernalia. The subject was later booked for the warrant and other violations.

On 08/16/2014, at 8:58 pm, Officers responded to an “A” priority call regarding what was reported as an intoxicated person asleep at the wheel of a vehicle. On their arrival at the 400 block of Clement St. they saw a black Mercedes which was double parked. The original caller in this incident was still in the area and pointed to the double-parked Mercedes as the vehicle they had called about. The officers positioned themselves to the rear of the double parked car and contacted the driver. The driver appeared to be “dazed” and when asked why he was double parked replied with slurred speech. The officers initiated a DUI investigation and later booked the driver for DUI at the county jail.

On 08/18/2014, at 4:06 pm, an officer on foot beat patrol in the area of Geary and 18th Ave. observed an occupied vehicle parked at an expired meter. The meter was also flashing red as the officer approached the vehicle. The officer also saw that there was a disabled placard hanging from the rearview mirror of the vehicle. The officer contacted the young male occupant who told the officer he was waiting for his grandmother to return from a nearby store. The officer was also informed that the owner of the placard would return within 5 to 10 mins. The officer waited almost 40 mins but there was no “grandmother.” What the occupant failed to realize was the officer knew the placard was issued to an elderly male. The officer cited the occupant for the meter violation and placard misuse. When the officer left the area at 5:05 pm he made note that the “grandmother” had still not returned.

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