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Oct-19-2014

Police Blotter – October 17, 2014 | Your guide to common scams & cons

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 17, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
Don’t Get Taken by Con ArtIsts
Con Artists are persuasive and persistent. The schemes described here have many variations, but they all have the same goal:

GAINING YOUR CONFIDENCE AND TAKING YOUR MONEY
This information is provided to help you identify fraudulent schemes; ways to avoid becoming a victim and whom to call if you believe you have been swindled by a con artist.

Earthquake Relief Fund:
This scam involves receiving a phone call from the suspect who identifies himself as calling from an official government office in San Francisco. The caller solicits donations for the “Earthquake Relief Fund”. There has been a recent reporting in these crimes occurring in the Asian community.

Grandparent Scam:
This scam involves receiving a phone call from a suspect pretending to be a “grandchild” in distress. The suspect says that they are in Mexico (or another country) and in trouble. They ask the elder to wire them money, often through Western Union. Although employees at Western Union have tried to dissuade the seniors from sending the money, these employees are rarely believed.

Pigeon Drop:
This scam usually involves 2-3 suspects working together to con you into believing they have found money, diamonds, gold bars, etc. They want to share it with you, but someone must hold the found item for a while before splitting it. You are convinced to withdraw ‘good faith’ money from your bank account to be combined with the suspect’s good faith money in a bag or handkerchief. The suspects switch the bag or handkerchief and disappear. They leave you with nothing but torn paper.

Charity Switch:
Very similar to Pigeon Drop, but with a slight variation: You are approached by suspect-one who claims to have recently come to America with a large amount of cash to be delivered to a church or a charity. Suspect-one then says he must leave the country soon and asks you & suspect-two to deliver the money for him. You are asked to put up ‘good faith’ money to show you are honest. Suspects switch the money and disappear.

Bank Examiner­:
This suspect approaches you or may call you on the phone claiming to be a police officer that is investigating a bank employee for embezzlement. You are asked to go to your bank and withdraw cash so the officer can watch the bank employee. You are told to give the money to a “detective” who will return it to the bank for you. The suspects disappear with your money.

Sweetheart Swindle:
This scam often involves an elderly man (70+) who is befriended by a young woman. She convinces him that she truly cares about him and implies a romantic interest. She tells him she needs money for rent, food, furniture, and her business or that she needs surgery. She may swindle him out of his life savings, often causing him to file bankruptcy.

Fortune-Telling/Psychic Fraud:
You may be approached at stores, hotels, restaurants, etc. or when you go to a ‘psychic reader.’ The psychic convinces you that you have an evil curse or evil spirits that must be ‘cleansed.’ Cleansing is an ongoing process that requires you to pay thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry, clothing, vehicles, etc.

Lost Pet or Lost Property:
You place an ad in a local paper about a lost pet or lost property. You then receive a call from a long-haul truck driver who found your missing item but he is now hundreds of miles away. He will return your property (or advise of the location of your pet) after you send a “reward” by Western Union.

Lost/Stolen Purse:
A ‘police officer’ calls you to advise he found your purse (often before you realize it is missing or have reported it). The ‘officer’ needs your personal information for his report. You, believing a police report is being taken, provide your information and take no further action.

Mail Theft:
Both incoming and outgoing mail may be taken from your mailbox. Your checks are ‘washed’ to remove payee and amount and altered so the suspect can cash them for more money. Your ATM and credit card numbers are picked up from your bills and used for purchases. Your credit card applications are taken and altered so the suspect receives a credit card in your name.

Home Repair:
These suspects go door-to-door offering you a great deal on yard work, roof repair, chimney sweeping, house painting, etc. They may have ‘extra’ supplies left over from their last job so they can save you money. At the completion of the work they claim they used more supplies or there was more work than anticipated so they demand more money from you. They can be very intimidating.

Distraction/Imposter Burglary:
These suspects can include women with children. A suspect comes to your home and engages you in conversation while other (unseen) suspects enter your house through another door and take cash and property.
Or
A suspect comes to your house claiming to be from a City or County agency or a utility company employee. He needs to come into your house to check for problems. Once inside your house, the suspect distracts you and takes cash and valuables.

Canadian Sweepstakes:
You receive a call from someone who says you have won a Canadian sweepstakes, but you must pay Canadian taxes before the winnings can be claimed. You are told to send a cashier’s check or wire money via Western Union to them in Canada.

Purchase of Lottery Tickets:
You receive mail or calls from a company ‘representative’ who will purchase lottery tickets in another state for you (usually Florida) and send you photo copies of your tickets. (They keep the originals so they can collect for you if you win.) You may write them monthly checks, allow them to debit your checking account or provide them with credit card numbers so they can purchase lottery tickets for you on a weekly basis.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF?
One of the biggest problems facing law enforcement in identifying and apprehending con artists is that the victims are reluctant to report the crime because of embarrassment. This is what the con artists count on. Don’t help them get away with their crime.

MAKE A REPORT
The only way we can stop these criminals is if you report it. You weren’t their first victim and you won’t be their last!

WHO DO I CALL?
San Francisco Police Department: Emergency 9-1-1; Non-Emergency (415) 553-0123
Postal Inspector (Mail Theft): (415) 778-5900
Contractor’s License Board – Home Repair Fraud: (800) 321-2752
Find out more at: www.scambusters.org | www.fraud.org | www.truthorfiction.com | www.urbanlegends.miningco.com

TELEPHONE SCAMS
www.consumer.att.com/consumertips/areacode.html
Do-Not-Call: You can register your telephone number at www.donotcall.gov or (888) 382-1222 for the Do Not Call list. This should stop telemarketers and telephone solicitations.
Financial Crimes Unit: 415-553-1521
Officer Juan Gomez: 415-553-7311

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 10/09/14, at 4:00 am, Officers responded to the area of Washington St. and Divisadero St. regarding a reported fire. On arrival at the scene SFFD was able to determine that the fire was arson and not an accident. The SFPD arson unit was notified and the investigation continues…

On 10/09/2014, at 8:57 am, Officers responded to the area of 2nd and California St. regarding multiple complaints of a male being a problem. On arrival at the scene the officers contacted the male, who when asked was unable to provide identification. The male told the officers that when he had last been released from jail his identification was not returned. The male told the officers that there was probably a warrant for his arrest somewhere. The officers conducted a computer query and confirmed the outstanding warrant.

On 10/10/2014, at 8:15 am, Officers responded to the area of 9th Ave and Geary regarding a report of an auto burglary. Officers who responded found the husband of the victim in this incident had detained the culprit prior to their arrival. The victim had earlier exited her house and observed the male sitting in her truck going through the cab. When the female victim started to scream, the suspect was alerted and fled on foot. The husband chased the suspect down after hearing his wife scream. A computer check revealed that the suspect was on active probation for burglary. The suspect was booked at county jail.

On 10/12/2014, at 9:45 am, a male walking in the area of 5th and Geary was approached by a suspect with a handgun who demanded he empty his pockets. The victim in this incident was compiling when the suspect reached into his pocket and removed in excess of $1600.00 in U.S. Currency. The suspect fled towards a waiting motorcycle which was being driven by a second suspect who sped away west on Geary Blvd. The victim in this incident was not injured. The investigation continues…

On 10/13/2014, at 4:37 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Spruce and Geary observed a vehicle with an expired registration. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver was driving while never having had a license issued to him. The driver was cited for both violations.

On 10/13/2014, at 10:51 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton and Arguello observed a vehicle with an expired registration. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver was suspended/revoked. The driver was cited for both violations.

On 10/13/2014, at 2:11 pm, Officers responded to the area of Anza and 32nd Ave. regarding a reported robbery in the area. The victim was on her way home from school when she was approached by two females who attempted to grab her phone. In the struggle to retain her phone the victim was pushed to the ground. At this time on of the females produced a knife and said “give it up bitch.” The victim complied and released her phone. The victim in this incident was not injured and refused any medical attention. The investigation into this incident continues…

On 10/13/2014, at 11:06 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of US101 and the Park Presidio transition ramp observed a vehicle driving with no headlights activated. The Officers followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the area of Park Presidio and 14th Ave. The officers contacted the female driver who was showing the objective signs of driving under the influence. The officers conducted standard a battery of standard field sobriety tests which resulted in the female driver being arrested. The driver was booked into the county jail for DUI.

On 10/14/2014, at 1:14 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Anza and Arguello observed a vehicle which was displaying expired registration. The officers initiated a traffic stop regarding the violation and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver was suspended from driving and was also unable to produce any proof of insurance. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 10/15/2014, at 10:59 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 11th Ave. contacted a male who was known to them through numerous prior contacts. The Male started yelling at the officers and was in possession of a variety of items which he claimed were not his. A computer check revealed that the male had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was taken into custody without further incident and booked in to county jail on the warrants.

On 10/15/2014, at 5:29 pm, Officers on patrol in Golden Gate Park observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver was suspended from driving. The driver was also unable to produce any current insurance and was then cite4d for multiple violations.

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Oct-9-2014

Police Blotter – Oct. 10, 2014 | Nitrous dealer at HSB tries to claim his property

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 2, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
It’s a scenario that happens hundreds of times a day at amusement parks all across the world. You’re walking along with your family or group, young child in hand, but when you look down a minute later, alas, he or she is gone! You suspect they’ve run off into the large crowd and begin to panic.

How to avoid the panic.

Before you go, explain to your children what they should do if they get separated at any time from you or their guardians.

Tell them to find a uniformed park employee and explain to them that they have been parted from their group. Make it clear that it is NOT okay to ask or follow strangers for help, even if they do look friendly. Have them explain to the employee (or security officer) their name, your names and where they got lost.

Write your mobile phone number on a sticker and fix it to the inside of their shirt. If you don’t have a sticker, write it on paper and put it in their pocket. Tell them to give it to a uniformed staff member if they get lost.

Use your camera or cell phone and take a picture of your children when you arrive at the park. This way you will have a current picture with you.

Make sure everyone in your group, including parents and older siblings, are wearing the same bright, recognizable clothing. Bold orange or yellow shirts will work fine for this purpose. Avoid wearing dark colors as these will make you and your children blend in easily with the crowd, and avoid putting your child’s name on it. This will make it easy for strangers to call them out and take your child with them.

Bring along a way to communicate with your kids. You can give older siblings a cell phone (just make sure they know your number). Younger kids can benefit from the use of a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with you should they get lost. Show them how to use it and explain that it is not a toy, but a way to reunite if you do get separated.

Find a place to designate as your ‘meeting spot’ if someone from the group is separated, once you arrive at the amusement park. Crowded, commonly designated areas like the front gates of the park or at a bench next to a popular attraction are not good meeting spaces as they will be very crowded at all times of the day and relatively unsafe for a young child to be sitting at alone. Instead, choose a less popular area to meet up, like at the security booth or next to the restaurant where you plan to eat. This will make it easier to find a lost child.

Remember to stay together at all times. You probably won’t mind letting older kids go off on their own for a while (as long as they keep in touch via cell phone), but younger children should hold your hand and stay with you as you walk through the park. Keep a firm grip to prevent your child from slipping away. In especially large, crowded events, it might be better to safely fasten your child in a stroller or carrier instead of allowing them to walk, lessening the chances of being separated.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On10/02/2014, at 12:09 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park observed a male know to them as having an active felony warrant. The male was taken into custody without incident.

On 10/02/2014, at 1:27 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Sutter and Pierce St. observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officers contacted the driver who stated that his wife neglected to take care of registration and he was unaware it was out of date. A computer check revealed that the driver’s license had also expired in January. This time the driver did not blame his wife and was cited for the registration and driving on the expired license.

On 10/02/2014, at 11:14 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Steiner and Geary Boulevard observed two males in what appeared to a narcotics “hand to hand” transaction. The officers contacted the males and were able to determine that one of the males had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was later booked at the county jail on the warrants.

On 10/03/2014, at about 4:00 pm, Officers were advised by security at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival that there were two males selling “Hits” balloons filled with “Nitrous Oxide.” When officers arrived in the area they were unable to locate the males but did recover two backpacks filled with balloons and “Nitrous” canisters. The officers seized the bags to later book at the station for safekeeping. While starting the found property report another group of officers were contacted by a male who reported that his back packs had been stolen. When the male was reunited with his property (which he identified immediately) he was cited for the violations. All the recovered property was booked as property for safekeeping.

On 10/04/2014, at 8:45 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of 3rd and Cornwall St. observed a vehicle making an unsafe turn. The officers contacted the driver and were able to identify him via his passport. A computer query revealed that the driver was suspended and revoked from driving for prior violations. The driver was cited at the scene.

On 10/04/2014, at 11:00 pm, Officers responded to a report of a vehicle driving in an unsafe and erratic manner in the area of Balboa and Funston St. Officers were able to contact the driver found the driver appeared to be driving under the influence. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of the driver. The driver was later booked at the county jail.

On 10/06/2014, at 1:50 am, Officers on patrol in the area of the 4600 block of Geary Blvd observed a male in a parked four door sedan acting in a suspicious manner. A computer check on the vehicle revealed that it was reported stolen out of Pacifica. As the officers approached the vehicle, the driver exited and attempted to walk away. The officers detained the suspect without incident and recovered various burglary tools in the vehicle. The male was booked at county on multiple felony charges.

On 10/06/2014, at 10:07 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Park Presidio and Funston St. observed a vehicle driving 20 mph over the speed limit. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and discovered they did not have a current license. The license had expired and the driver had failed to renew it. The driver was cited for speed and driving on an expired license.

On 10/06/2014, at 3:06 pm, a male responded to Richmond Station to make a report of an aggravated assault in the area of 10th and Geary. The male stated he was working construction that day and while being driven home he was being yelled at by the owner of the company. The victim stated that he feared for his safety and asked to be dropped off on the side walk. After exiting the vehicle the victim stated the driver threw a metal level which narrowly missed him. The victim did not sustain any injury during this incident and the investigation continues.

On 10/06/2014, at 5:30 pm, Officers responded to a report of a male assaulting a female. As the officers attempted to control the situation, the male subject started to physically assault the officers at the scene. As the struggle continued the suspect bit into the left leg of one of the officers creating a sizable open wound. The suspect was eventually subdued, but not before injuring 4 officers and the initial victim in this call. One officer was transported to the California Pacific Medical Center for further treatment on their leg and is still currently unable to work due to the injury. The suspect was transported and booked at the county jail after medical evaluation.

On 10/08/2014, at 5:55 pm, Officers on patrol in the area observed a white crown Victoria with a mechanical violation. The officer’s initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver was never issued a California drivers license. The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

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Oct-2-2014

Police Blotter – October 2, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 2, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
Yet again we are getting reports on scams operating within our district. It has been reported that two females, one in her teens and one in her 20’s are saying they were raising money for a trip to Spain. Another line is they are selling ???encyclopedias???

They seem to be posing as USF Students. USF has been notified and is aware of this. If you see these people operating in your area call 415-553-0123 and request a police response.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/20/14 at 1:10 am, officers on patrol in the area of park presidio blvd and Fulton Street observed a vehicle driving 20 mph over the posted speed limit. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The officers contacted the driver who produced a California id card. While the id card was indeed valid, the driver was also suspended from driving for a prior violation. The driver had been notified previously by law enforcement regarding his suspension and was issued a citation for the current violations.

On 09/22/14 at 11:30 pm, officers on the patrol in the area of Divisadero and Pine St. observed a vehicle with a mechanical violation. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver regarding the violation. When asked for a California drivers license the driver was unable to produce one. A computer check on the driver revealed he had never been issued a California drivers license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 09/26/14 at 2:20 pm, officers responded to the 800 block of La Playa St. regarding a theft from Safeway. When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke to the security officer who had detained the suspect. A computer query revealed that the female suspect had multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest. The female was booked without any further incident at the county jail.

On 09/26/14 at 10:23 pm, officers on patrol in the area of 36th and Cabrillo observed a silver BMW with non working tail lights. The officers initiated a traffic stop and as they approached the vehicle, they saw there was a current registration tab attached to the license plate. A computer query on the vehicle revealed that the registration was in fact expired and the tab on the plate was false. When contacted, the driver stated it was not his vehicle and did not know who had placed the sticker on the rear license plate. The driver was cited for multiple violations and due to the registration being expired over 6 months, the vehicle was towed from the scene to the police impound yard.

On 09/26/14 at 11:50 pm, officers responded to the area of 40th and Fulton regarding a report of a possible DUI vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly swerving over the double yellow lines on the St. and driving into oncoming traffic. At about 11:55 pm, officers located the vehicle, stopped in the middle of the St. at the intersection of 47th and Fulton. The officers contacted the driver who was slumped over in the driver’s seat with a cell phone in his left hand. The car was in gear and for the safety of all parties involved, the officers had to put the vehicle into park. The phone in the left hand of the unconscious driver had a partially composed text message which was not delivered, but clearly visible. A narcotics DUI investigation was initiated and the driver was later booked at county jail for multiple felony violations. Officers seized a quantity of suspected heroin, drugs paraphernalia, a baseball bat and a Smith and Wesson (BB gun) pistol with six rounds of ammunition tucked in between the front seats. The investigation continues…

On 09/29/14 at 5:31 pm, officers on patrol in the area of Martin Luther King Dr. and 25th Ave. observed a male on a parked bench who appeared to be in need of medical attention. The officers contacted the male and offered him various types of assistance, which was declined. The male told officers he was just having a bad day and did not want any help. While conducting their well being check, the officers conducted a computer query which showed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at county jail on the warrant without any further incident.

On 09/29/14 at 5:00 am, officers responded to the 3500 block of Sacramento St. regarding a reported robbery. The victim in this incident was grabbed from behind by a male suspect who told him he would be killed if he did not comply. The victim told the suspect he did not have a wallet with him and it was at this time he was approached by a second suspect who was female. The female removed a set of car keys and loose change adding up to about one dollar ($1.00). Both suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction. The investigation continues…

On 09/30/14 at 2:15 am, officers on patrol in the area of west bound Geary and 12th Ave. observed the vehicle with multiple vehicle code violations. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who stated he was picking up his friends who were at another location and felt too intoxicated to drive home. While the driver was being a good Samaritan in driving his friends home, he failed to realize, you should not drive a vehicle while your license is suspended. The driver was cited for multiple violations and called a ride share company to safely take both himself and his friend’s home.

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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.

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Oct-2-2014

Video: Richmond SFPD pulls over cyclists running Arguello stop sign

In Stanley Roberts’ latest “People Behaving Badly” segment (KRON-4), an officer from the Richmond District station pulls over cyclists on Arguello at Washington. He gives them warnings about running the stop sign. No tickets were issued.

Sarah B.

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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.

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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.

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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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