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Mar-23-2015

Police Blotter – March 20, 2014

SFPD Richmond District Police Station
Weekly Update 03-20-2015
From Captain Simon Silverman

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon runs through the north western part of the Richmond Police District on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Their website has a course map, road closure information, and alternative access routes: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-francisco/road-closures

Here are some of the 761 incidents handled by officers in the Richmond Police District this past week:

ARREST: MISDEMEANOR WARRANT
Great Highway & JFK
03-13-2015 4:23 PM
Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person trespassing in a business. They detained the suspect who had a warrant for vandalism. The manager declined to press charges for trespassing.
Captain’s Note: Generally, the owner or person in charge of private property must “press charges” to have a suspect arrested for trespassing. This is done by making a private person’s arrest (AKA a citizen’s arrest). This doesn’t mean that the complainant has to physically arrest the suspect (we’ll do that). However, he must be willing to sign an arrest form, give a statement and testify in court.

BATTERY: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Balboa & 38th Ave
03-13-2015 8:45 PM
The female victim was walking on the street with her current boyfriend when her ex-boyfriend attacked the couple resulting in minor injuries.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Masonic & Anza
03-14-2015 12:29 AM
Officers saw a driver run a stop sign and detained him for the violation. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Although he claimed to have had just “one beer” his blood alcohol was measured at .122%, well over the legal limit of .08%.
Captain’s Note: Almost every drunk driver claims to have had “one beer.” Read on for several more examples this week.

ARREST: FELONY WARRANT
Geary & Park Presidio
03-14-2015 1:40 PM
Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter who fled from a store without paying. They found the suspect and recovered the stolen items, but the store management declined to press charges (see the note above about private person’s arrest). The officers arrested the suspect on an existing warrant for felony theft charges.

FIREARM TURNED IN BY PUBLIC
Geary & 4th Ave
03-14-2105 5:22 PM
A resident called the SFPD to turn in a revolver that had belonged to her recently deceased husband. She did not want the gun in the home because she has young grandchildren. Officers took the gun for later destruction.
Captain’s Note: If you have a firearm that you no longer want or that you cannot keep safely please turn it in. An improperly stored firearm can lead to a tragic death and may result in criminal charges for the negligent owner. The gun could also be stolen and used in a crime. On Saturday 03-21-2015 Northern Station will hold a gun buy back from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 1050 McAllister. You can turn in a gun with no questions asked and get $100 for a handgun and $200 for an assault rifle.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Steiner & Vallejo
03-14-2015 11:51 PM
Officers saw a driver run a stop sign and detained him for the violation. They noted that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and field sobriety tests supported their observations. His blood alcohol was measured at .138%.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE / TRAFFIC COLLISION
Fulton & 36th Ave
03-15-2015 5:24 PM
Officers responded to a vehicle collision where a driver told them that she was stopped at a red light when another driver rear ended her car and then hit a tree. After the collision, the other driver got out of his car, gathered up his empty beer cans and hid them in his trunk. As in the case above, the suspect told the officers that he had consumed only “one beer.” This is unlikely, since his blood alcohol was measured at .172% and there were several empty beer cans in his car. Fortunately, the innocent driver was not injured.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Geary & 3rd Ave
03-15-2015 2:12 AM
Officers stopped a driver who was swerving and speeding. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He initially told the officers that he only had “one glass of wine” (the oenophile’s variation on the “one beer” claim). He subsequently revised his estimate to “one bottle of wine” which is more consistent with his blood alcohol of .186%.

ARREST: THEFT FROM A VEHICLE
Masonic & Euclid
03-15-2015 5:28 PM
A resident called 911 after he saw the suspect break into a parked car and steal items from inside. When officers arrived on scene, the suspect ran from them and tried to climb over a fence. His sweatshirt became snagged on the fence and he was stuck until officers rescued and arrested him.
Captain’s Note: This suspect definitely needs an attorney who specializes in de-fence cases.

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURY
Anza & Blake
03-16-2015 7:07 AM
A car was driving west on Anza from Blake when the driver slowed and signaled for a left turn. A motorcycle following the car tried to pass the car on the left and struck the turning car. The motorcyclist sustained minor injuries.
Captain’s Note: This illustrates the importance of both giving and observing turn signals. It is also wise to check your turn signals periodically to make sure that all of the bulbs are working.

ARREST: PASSING A STOLEN CHECK
Geary & Arguello
03-16-2015 10:17 AM
The suspect went into a bank and tried to cash a stolen check but the alert teller was suspicious and called the SFPD. The check had been stolen from a car the previous day.

BURGLARY OF A RESIDENCE
California & 12th Ave
03-17-2015 2:55 AM
A resident of a multi unit building awoke to the sound of the front gate clanging. He looked out of his window to see the suspect trying to push a neighbor’s bicycle out of the gate. He shouted at the suspect who fled without the bicycle. Officers searched the area but did not find the suspect. They seized a shopping cart containing property that the suspect left behind at the scene (resulting in a net loss for her burglary enterprise).
Suspect: White female, 5’6” 140lbs, blonde shoulder length hair, grey shirt, black backpack

MENTAL HEALTH CALL
Clement & 26th Ave
03-17-2015 1:30 PM
A woman called 911 to report that her husband was behaving erratically. Responding officers spoke to the man who told them that he had psychiatric problems and was worried about his mental state. He was transported to the hospital.

ARREST: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / FIREARMS VIOLATION
Geary & 29th Ave
03-17-2015 8:30 PM
A husband was arrested for battering his wife. At the scene, officers seized a loaded Glock semiautomatic pistol and five high capacity magazines.
Captain’s Note: Section 619 of the San Francisco Municipal Police Code prohibits the possession of firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. This suspect had one magazine capable of holding 30 rounds.

BATTERY / VEHICLE THEFT / HIT & RUN COLLISION
Geary & 10th Ave
03-18-2015 12:46 AM
An Uber driver got out of his car to stretch his legs when he was approached by 3 suspects who began to harass him. He was punched in the face by one suspect. As the suspects ran away, an opportunistic unrelated suspect jumped into the victim’s car and drove off. The suspect who punched the victim was caught by officers as he waited nearby for another Uber driver to pick him up. This suspect’s girlfriend came to the station looking for him, and officers found the other 2 suspects hiding in the girlfriend’s car in front of the station. The victim’s car was later found abandoned and crashed into a parked car at Anza & 10th Ave.
Suspect in the vehicle theft / hit & run: Asian male in his 20s

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURY
California & 19th Ave
03-18-2015 8:23 AM
A car was driving westbound on California at 19th Ave when it struck a pedestrian who was crossing in the crosswalk. The driver said that he did not see the pedestrian due to the sun. He was cited at the scene for failing to yield to the pedestrian (who suffered moderate injuries).

THEFT OF A VEHICLE IMMOBILIZING DEVICE (AKA “A BOOT”)
Shore View & 36th Ave
03-18-2015 8:23 AM
A Department of Parking and Traffic Employee placed a vehicle immobilizing device (commonly known as a boot) on the wheel of a car with numerous unpaid parking citations. He returned to check on the boot a few days later only to find something suspicious afoot. Apparently, some heel had given the boot to the boot and legged it with the car and the immobilizer.

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURY
Park Presidio & Crossover
03-18-2015 3:49 PM
An SUV was stopped at a red light facing south on Park Presidio when it was rear ended by a motor scooter. The scooter rider sustained moderate injuries. He was cited for traveling at an unsafe speed.
Captain’s Note: This intersection recorded the greatest number of injury collisions in the Richmond District in 2014 (five of them). Most of the collisions in the area are caused by excessive speed, which is why officers continue to do regular speed enforcement here.

PETTY THEFT
Geary & 15th Ave
03-18-2015 4:42 PM
A woman was just returning from taking her young grandson for a walk. She carried him up the front steps of the home and turned around to see a person running around in front of the house picking up cash that was blowing in the wind. Being a decent person, she helped gather some of the money and gave it to the man. He then ran to a waiting car which drove off quickly. At this point the woman realized that her check book and license were on the ground and the money blowing around had come from her wallet (left behind briefly as she was carrying her grandson). An honest neighbor who was walking nearby witnessed the suspect’s getaway and helped by gathering and returning the remaining cash.
Suspect: Black male, 30-35 years old, 6’, heavy set, brown hair in fuzzy locks
Vehicle: Dark blue 4 door car, possibly a Mitsubishi

ARREST: SHOPLIFTING / VIOLATION OF PROBATION / MISDEMEANOR WARRANT
Geary & 28th Ave
03-19-2015 2:19 PM
The store manager saw the suspect pick up $170 worth of items and walk out of the store without paying. The suspect was already on probation for theft and had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest as well.

ARREST: VIOLATION OF A COURT STAY AWAY ORDER / MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS
MLK near Lincoln (Golden Gate Park)
03-19-2015 4:37 PM
Park Rangers knew that the suspect had a court order requiring him to stay away from the area. They called SFPD officers who arrested him for violating the order and for several misdemeanor warrants. This same suspect was arrested for violating this same order at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park on 03-07-2015.

ARREST: THEFT FROM A VEHICLE / POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS / POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY
JFK & 47th (Golden Gate Park)
03-19-2015 5:49 PM
Undercover officers from Richmond Station caught a suspect who used a window punch tool to break the window of a parked car and steal property. Upon searching the suspect’s car, the officers found more stolen property from other cases.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING:
Tuesday 04-21-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Richmond Station Community Room
461 6th Ave.

CONTACT US:
Call 911 for emergencies
Call 415-553-0123 for non-emergency police service
Richmond Station
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-666-8000
SFPDRichmondStation@sfgov.org

Follow us on Twitter: @SFPDRichmond

10:06 am | Posted under Crime | 2 comments
Mar-20-2015

Local links: Police forum, driver arrested, new GGNRA chief, auctions & more


Land’s End

Happy Friday Richmond folk! Here are some local links for your almost-weekend.

  • There’s a Police Community Forum meeting this Sunday at 11:30am, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church (4620 California St. at 8th Ave.). SFPD Richmond Station Captain Simon Silverman will be there and the forum us designed to discuss public safety, community relations, and the Captain’s priorities after one year as our local station chief.
  • It’s auction time for a couple of neighborhood organizations. Argonne School has an online silent auction that includes VIP passes to Outside Lands, Giants stuff, kids camps, and hotel stays. The Richmond District YMCA is holding their annual silent auction on Thursday, April 2 from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets to the event, which will feature catering by Burma Superstar and BStar (and free childcare!), are available online.
  • The Chronicle’s “City Exposed” column has an interesting article on the keeper of the Land’s End labyrinth. “I didn’t choose the place. I think it chose me,” she said. “I didn’t even know what a labyrinth was. It just felt good.”
  • The driver who fatally struck an 87-year old man in the crosswalk at Geary and 26th Avenue last week has been arrested and charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. Investigators determined the victim, Alfred Yee, was walking north across Geary Boulevard in the crosswalk when the driver, Daniel Schultz, 40, made a left turn from 26th Avenue and struck him. Schultz stopped at the scene but was not arrested until this week. [SF Bay]
  • Foggy Notion owner Alissa Anderson was interviewed recently by the SF Etsy blog. Anderson talks about opening her business, how she finds products, her additional sewing business, and her participation in the merchant community of the Richmond District. Foggy Notion is now open 7 days a week, 275 6th Avenue.
  • The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes the coastline in the Presidio, Land’s End, Sutro Park and Ocean Beach, has a new chief. Christine Lehnertz, a biologist and regional manager for the National Park Service, will become superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in May. [SFGate]
  • The YMCA’s Presidio Trail Run on April 26 is looking for volunteers from 6:45-10:45am as course monitors, support at water stations and race bib/t-shirt pick up. If interested, contact Lindsay at lindsay@alittlemighty.com.
4:45 am | Posted under Business, Crime, Lands End, Parks | 6 comments
Mar-13-2015

Police Blotter – March 13, 2015

SFPD Richmond District Police Station
Weekly Update 03-13-2015
From Captain Simon Silverman

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING:
Tuesday 03-17-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Richmond Station Community Room
461 6th Ave.

Here are some of the 745 incidents handled by officers in the Richmond Police District this past week:

ARREST: THEFT FROM A LOCKED VEHICLE
Cornwall & 5th Ave
03-06-2015 9:37 PM
A resident called 911 to report a person breaking into a car. Arriving officers saw the suspect get out of a car clutching a reusable shopping bag. As the officers approached him, he dropped the shopping bag and said, “I knew I shouldn’t have gone into that car. I just needed a bag.” Officers contacted the owner of the car who confirmed the theft of the reusable bag (and the property inside of it).
Captain’s Note: In light of this suspect’s disregard for California’s theft laws, I’m surprised by his respect for San Francisco’s bag ordinance.

ARREST: VANDALISM
Clement & 2nd Ave
03-07-2015 1:30 AM
Officers responded to a report of two people spray painting graffiti on a building using blue paint. They detained two suspects, one of whom had wet matching blue paint on his hands (this is known in the police vernacular as a “clue”). The suspects admitted to having vandalized the building and they had more spray paint as well as permanent marking pens with them. One suspect was out on bail from a recent vandalism arrest.
Captain’s Note: The expression, “caught red handed” originated in the 1400s and most likely referred to catching a murderer or poacher with blood still on his hands. In our case, the suspect was caught blue handed, but the concept endures.

ARREST: UNLAWFUL FIRE / CAMPING IN A PARK / VIOLATION OF COURT ORDER
Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park
03-07-2015 4:38 AM
SFPD Officers and Park Rangers patrolling the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park found that a suspect had been camping unlawfully in the closed garden, had set a small campfire and was in violation of a court order to stay away from the garden. The stay away order was issued after the suspect previously caused damage to the garden.

TELEPHONE SCAM
Geary & 31st Ave
03-07-2105 12:00 PM
A resident received a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The suspect told the victim that if he did not pay back taxes immediately he would be arrested. The suspect ordered the victim to go to the store and buy “Reloadit” money cards for payment, which the victim did. The victim then gave the card information to the suspect over the phone and the suspect emptied the cards of value stealing almost $6000.
Captain’s Note: Sadly, we keep seeing this scam. Here is a link to the IRS web page on tax scams: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts

ARREST: WARRANTS / RESISTING ARREST
Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green
03-07-2015 5:21 PM
Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person peering into cars. They found the suspect, but as soon as he saw the officers he took off running. He was caught after a short foot pursuit, and then gave the officers a fake name and date of birth. Once they determined his true identity, they learned that he had several warrants for his arrest.

ARREST: VANDALISM TO A VEHICLE / MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS
Geary & 20th Ave
03-08-2015 4:45
The victim was sitting in her car at a traffic light when the suspect ran up and deliberately shoved his shoulder into her door causing a large dent. Officers arrived and arrested him for vandalism and for several misdemeanor warrants.

THEFT FROM A LOCKED VEHICLE
Divisadero & Bush
03-09-2015 8:30 AM
The victim left her purse in her car for just a few minutes while she went into Starbucks. She returned to see a stranger holding her purse and standing next to the broken window of her car. She confronted the suspect and grabbed her purse back. The suspect fled on foot in the company of a second suspect who was likely acting as a lookout.
Suspect #1 (purse stealer): Black male, 20-25 years old, 6’1” 180lbs, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray pants
Suspect #2 (lookout): Unknown race male, 5’10”, no further details
Captain’s Note: When a suspect sees you pull up and run into Starbucks, he knows he has about 5 minutes to break into your car (he only needs about 30 seconds). No matter how quickly you intend to return, it is never a good idea to leave valuable items in your car.

ARREST: FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
Geary & Collins
03-10-2015 4:23 PM
Officers conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations and discovered that a passenger in the car was a convicted sex offender who had failed to register at his current address as required by law. (The suspect does not live near Geary & Collins, but happened to be driving in that area when stopped).

ARREST: FELONY WARRANTS
Geary & 10th Ave
03-10-2015 6:00 PM
Officers were aware that a suspect had warrants for his arrest for assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft from a person, and battery. They tracked him down at his place of work and arrested him.

FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION
Geary & 26th Ave
03-11-2015 10:47 AM
A driver in a van was turning from southbound 26th Ave to eastbound Geary when he struck a pedestrian who was crossing Geary from south to north in the east crosswalk. The pedestrian later died of his injuries.
Captain’s Note: I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. Officers from Richmond Station have repeatedly conducted enforcement operations at this intersection ticketing drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians. Usually, one of the people they cite will complain to me that these operations are a waste of police resources. QED, they are not. The enforcement will continue at this intersection.

A further note on legal action taken against drivers who cause collisions:
Following a fatal collision, the SFPD presents the completed investigation to the District Attorney’s Office and the DA’s Office determines what charges they wish to prosecute.

Following a non-fatal injury collision, the SFPD issues a citation to the party determined to be most at fault.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
Geary & Blake
03-12-2015 1:11 AM
Officers saw a car run a red light and detained the driver. Based on her behavior during the traffic stop, the officers suspected that she was under the influence of alcohol. Their suspicions were not diminished by her unsatisfactory performance on a series of field sobriety tests. Preliminary alcohol screening showed that her blood alcohol level was approximately 0.15 % or nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08%.

ARREST: THEFT FROM A VEHICLE / VIOLATION OF PROBATION
Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (Golden Gate Park)
03-12-2015 1:38 PM
People in the park saw a suspect smash the window of a car and steal suitcases full of property. Several citizens grabbed the suspect and held him down while others called 911. Officers arrived quickly and arrested the suspect. All of the stolen property was recovered. The suspect was already on probation for theft.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND OR DRUGS
Geary & 4th Ave
03-13-2015 2:05 AM
Officers saw a person driving without wearing a seat belt. They detained him and found that he smelled strongly of marijuana and alcohol. Field sobriety tests confirmed that he was under the influence.
Captain’s Note: The suspect in this case had a medical marijuana card. Driving while under the influence of medically recommended marijuana, prescribed medications or over the counter drugs is still a crime. The danger is in the impairment caused by whatever substance the driver may have taken.

CONTACT US:
Call 911 for emergencies
Call 415-553-0123 for non-emergency police service

Richmond Station
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-666-8000
E-mail: SFPDRichmondStation@sfgov.org
Follow us on Twitter: @SFPDRichmond

1:41 pm | Posted under Crime | 8 comments
Mar-9-2015

Video: SFPD officer hits, kicks homeless man who slept on bus

On February 11, video was captured of a SFPD officer hitting and kicking a homeless man who was sleeping on a bus after it had reached its final stop in the Richmond District.

The officer, Raymond Chu, tried to wake and roust the homeless man, 36 year old Bernard Warren, from the bus. After a verbal altercation, the video shows Chu shoving Warren and kicking him through the exit. Once off the bus, Chu takes out his baton and hits Warren. After a few more hits, Chu pepper sprays Warren.

According to the Huffington Post:

“Chu has previously said that Warren came at him with clenched fists, according to documents cited by the public defender’s office.

Warren had deep bruises on his legs and burns on his face from the pepper spray, according to his lawyer.

“Force is never a pretty sight and the officer gave orders for Mr. Warren to walk away. The officer’s report is consistent with what we see on the video,” said San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Monica Macdonald in an email to HuffPost. “Mr Warren was asked/told to leave and he returned several times and he continued to threaten to beat the office which is a crime – which you can see and hear in the video.”

“This sort of force was totally unnecessary. It was completely over the top,” said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose office is representing Warren. “If you find anyone sleeping on a bus, it’s reasonable to wake them up and ask [them] to leave. Sure, but is that reason to beat [someone] down?

After the incident, Warren was hospitalized and jailed for two weeks until a judge saw the footage, which was recorded on Feb. 11. He has been charged with threatening an officer, punishable by a year behind bars.

Read the full story at Huffington Post

Sarah B.

10:38 am | Posted under Crime | 24 comments
Mar-6-2015

Police Blotter – March 6, 2015


SFPD Richmond District Police Station
Weekly Update 03-06-2015

Captain Simon Silverman

Here are some of the 663 incidents handled by officers in the Richmond Police District this past week:

RECENT INCIDENTS:

THEFT FROM A MERCHANT
Geary & 14th Ave
02-26-2015 4:50 PM
The suspect entered the store and pretended to be shopping for a vacuum cleaner. When the merchant went to answer the phone, the suspect ran out with a $600 vacuum.
Suspect: Black male adult, 40-50 years old, 6’0” 200lbs, wearing all blue clothing with his hair pulled back into a ponytail.
Captain’s Note: This sounds like a case for J. Edgar Hoover.

THEFT FROM A LOCKED AUTO / BURGLARY OF A GARAGE
Anza & 4th Ave
02-27-2015 12:30 AM to 9:45 AM
An unknown suspect broke into the victim’s car which was parked in front of her house. Inside the car was the remote garage door opener. After stealing items from the car, the suspect used the garage door opener to steal items from the garage as well.
Captain’s Note: I advise against leaving a remote garage door opener in the car, especially when the car is parked near the house.

BURGLARY
California & Pierce
02-27-2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The victim was away from home when an unknown suspect forced open the door and stole property from the home. Both the victim and a house painter working nearby told officers that they had seen a suspicious person in front of the home shortly before the burglary.
Suspect: White male, 20-25 years old, 6’0” 150lbs, wearing a black baseball cap with a green triangle shaped patch on the front, a dark jacket, baggy black jeans, black shoes and a black backpack. His face was described as scruffy.
Captain’s Note: When you see someone or something suspicious, trust your instincts and call the police.

ARREST: RESISTING & OBSTRUCTING A POLICE OFFICER
Point Lobos & 45th Ave
02-27-2015 5:15 PM
Officers were called to investigate a theft. They detained the suspect who told them, “If we we’re on 3rd Street I’d cut you!” The suspect repeatedly tried to walk away from the officers. Although, the original victim declined to press charges for theft, the suspect was charged with resisting and obstructing police officers.

BATTERY
Cabrillo & 7th Ave
02-28-2015 12:31 AM
Store employees saw two suspects who had stolen from the business in the past. They escorted the suspects out at which point one of them punched an employee in the face and ran off.
Suspect 1 (assailant): Latino male, 20-30 years old, 5’10” 180lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans
Suspect 2: Latino male, 20-30 years old, 5’9”, wearing dark clothing

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
La Playa & Cabrillo
02-28-2015 1:36 AM
The victim heard something hitting his garage door. When he stepped outside to investigate, he was struck in the nose by what appeared to be a plastic pellet from a pellet gun fired by an unknown suspect. He was not injured.

ARREST: FELONY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE / INJURY COLLISION
Park Presidio & Crossover
02-28-2015 1:48 AM
The suspect was driving northbound on Park Presidio when officers saw him drive off the roadway and into the median. They quickly found that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. A passenger suffered fractured vertebrae in the collision, and the suspect’s 2014 BMW was demolished.
Captain’s Note: Causing injury to another while driving under the influence is a felony. If the drunk driver is the only one injured it’s a misdemeanor (and maybe a little karma).

ARREST: FELON IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON (pepper spray)
Post & Steiner
03-01-2015 4:40 PM
Officers on patrol saw a driver who was not wearing his seat belt. They stopped the car to issue him a citation and a records check revealed that he was a felon with previous convictions for carrying a concealed firearm. The suspect was in possession of oleoresin capsicum (also known as pepper spray). Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing chemical agents so the officers arrested him.

HIT & RUN / STOLEN CAR
Clement & 2nd Ave
03-02-2015 3:00 PM
An unknown suspect driving a stolen car crashed into two parked vehicles and fled on foot. No one was injured.

ARREST: MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS
Geary & Spruce
03-02-2015 8:48 PM
Officers responded to a verbal argument between roommates and discovered that one party had warrants for her arrest from San Luis Obispo for DUI and violation of probation.

ARREST: BURGLARY
Geary and 45th Ave
03-02-2015 9:58 PM
A resident returned home to find that her lock was damaged and a strange man was inside her apartment so she called 911. Officers found the suspect on the street nearby and arrested him.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Fulton & Willard North
03-02-2015 11:25 PM
The victim and the suspect were drinking together when they got into an argument. The suspect hit the victim in the head with a wine bottle causing minor injuries. The suspect drove away and the victim does not know her name.
Suspect: White female, 20-25 years old, 5’8” 150lbs, blonde hair, wearing a white top.
Vehicle: Black Honda Accord

ARREST: SHOOTING INTO AN OCCUPIED BUILDING
Balboa & 5th Ave
03-03-2015 1:12 AM
An unruly patron was escorted out of a bar. Shortly thereafter he returned with a handgun and fired one shot through the window of the occupied bar. No one was injured. Officers arrived quickly and arrested the suspect for several assault charges and weapons violations.
Captain’s Note: The suspect was charged with a San Francisco Municipal Code that bans high capacity firearms magazines. This week, the US 9th circuit court refused to block a similar law in effect in Sunnyvale.

PEOPLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS
LaPlaya & Cabrillo
03-03-2015 9:00 AM
A MUNI bus driver called the SFPD because he had reached the end of his route and there were two people on his bus who would not wake up. The people in question were so heavily under the influence of methadone that they needed medical attention. Both subjects were taken to the hospital by paramedics.

CITATION: MISUSE OF A DISABLED PARKING PLACARD
Geary & 7th Ave
03-03-2015 10:16 AM
An officer on patrol saw a driver park in a spot reserved for the disabled. The car was displaying a disabled person’s placard registered to one person while the car was registered to another. Upon further investigation, the placard was issued to the driver’s wife, but she was not present. The driver was cited for misuse of the placard.
Captain’s Note: The placard is issued for the use of a particular person. When that person is not present, the placard cannot be used by someone else simply for their own convenience.

ARREST: THEFT FROM A VEHICLE / RESISTING ARREST
Cabrillo & 8th Ave
03-04-2015 5:32 PM
Officers responded to a call that three people were breaking into a car. As the first officer arrived on scene, he saw the suspects, one of whom was holding a backpack stolen from the car. This suspect dropped the backpack and ran from the officer but the officer recovered the backpack and caught the suspect. The other two suspects escaped.

DEATH INVESTIGATION: PROBABLE SUICIDE
Cabrillo & 20th Ave
03-03-2015 4:33 PM
SFPD received calls from the victim’s employer and from a family member who lives out of town saying that they were concerned since they had not heard from the victim for some time. Officers responded and found that the victim was dead from a probable suicide.

THEFT FROM A LOCKED AUTO / BURGLARY OF A GARAGE
Cornwall & 5th Ave
03-03-2015 9:30 PM to 03-04-2015 7:30 AM
An unknown suspect broke into the victim’s car which was parked in front of her house. Inside the car was the remote garage door opener. After stealing items from the car, the suspect used the garage door opener to steal items from the garage as well.
Captain’s Note: This is the second example this week of why I advise against leaving a remote garage door opener in the car, especially when the car is parked near the house.

TELEPHONE SCAM
Clement & 19th Ave
03-04-2105 10:00 AM
A resident received a call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The suspect told the victim that if he did not pay $1600 in back taxes immediately he would be arrested and or sued. The suspect tried to get the victim to go to the store and buy money cards for payment, but the victim realized it was a scam and refused to cooperate.
Captain’s Note: The best way to know for certain that it is a scam is that the suspect will demand immediate payment through some sort of untraceable, non-refundable method – usually a money card or wire transfer.

PICKPOCKET
Geary & 16th Ave (Aboard a MUNI bus)
03-04-2105 6:40 PM
The victim was riding a crowded MUNI bus with her backpack on her back. An unknown suspect stole her wallet from inside of the backpack.

ARREST: PAROLE VIOLATION / POSSESSION OF COCAINE / TRAFFIC VIOLATION
Point Lobos & 48th Ave
03-05-2015 12:00 PM
Officers on patrol saw a car with expired registration and detained the driver in order to cite him. A records check revealed that he was on parole for manslaughter. As a condition of his parole, he is required to submit to warrantless search by police. The officers searched him and found that he was in possession of cocaine. They arrested him for this and for violating his parole.

TRESPASSING / HIT & RUN
Clay & Walnut
03-06-2015 8:45 AM
A resident saw a stranger in the garage of his multi unit building. He asked her what she was doing and she told him that she was there to visit another tenant. The resident returned to his own apartment. A short while later, he was surprised to find the stranger inside his apartment and he called 911. In the meantime, the suspect returned to the garage and drove straight through the closed garage door onto the street where she hit a passing car.
The suspect and car from this incident match the description from a stolen vehicle incident in the Tenderloin earlier in the morning.
Suspect: Latina female, 30-35 years old, 5’6” 155lbs, wearing a gray jogging outfit, driving a white Toyota sedan.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING:
Tuesday 03-17-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Richmond Station Community Room
461 6th Ave.

CONTACT US:
Call 911 for emergencies
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461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-666-8000
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10:16 pm | Posted under Crime | 5 comments
Mar-5-2015

Customer leaves O’Keeffe’s Bar angry, returns and shoots out a window

O’Keeffe’s Bar on the corner of 5th and Balboa is usually about as quiet as they come for neighborhood bars.

But in the early hours of Tuesday morning, an unruly patron was escorted from the bar. A short time later around 1:12am, he returned with a handgun and fired one shot through a closed window of the occupied bar.

The Richmond District Police Station reports that no one was injured, and officers arrived quickly and arrested the suspect. He was booked at County Jail on several assault and weapons charges.

One neighbor who lives across the street said that “one officer bravely caught the guy on his own without firing a shot. It was well handled. A minute later 5-8 cars responded too.”

Sarah B.

4:30 am | Posted under Crime | 22 comments
Feb-27-2015

Police Blotter – February 27, 2015

SFPD Richmond District Police Station
Weekly Update 02-27-2015
Captain Simon Silverman

Here are some of the 732 incidents handled by officers in the Richmond Police District this past week:

RECENT INCIDENTS:

ARREST: POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE FOR SALE
Fulton & 16th Ave
02-20-2015 11:39 AM
Undercover officers saw a suspect who was on probation for burglary. As a condition of his probation, the suspect is required to submit to warrantless search by police officers. The officers searched him and found 7.6 grams of methamphetamine, two scales (both with methamphetamine residue on them) and 22 small empty baggies (typically used to package individual amounts for sale). He was booked at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Although recently passed Proposition 47 made possession of methamphetamine for personal use a misdemeanor, possession with the intent to sell is still a felony. In this case, the intent to sell was established by the quantity of drugs, the presence of packaging materials, the presence of scales and the absence of paraphernalia used to smoke or inject the methamphetamine.

ARREST: MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS
Pierce & Sacramento
02-20-2015 12:00 PM
Officers responded to a report of people shouting. The only person present was the complainant who was under the influence of drugs. She also had warrants for drug related charges out of Sunnyvale. She was booked at County Jail.

WELL BEING CHECK
Clay & Presidio
02-20-2015 2:42 PM
Officers responded to check on the well being of an 81 year old woman who lives alone. They found that her caregiver had departed three weeks ago and that she had neither food nor electricity in the home. A social worker from Adult Protective Services arranged for her to stay with a responsible family member and will be handling her case.

ARREST: MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS & RESISTING ARREST
Fulton & 2nd Ave
02-20-2015 10:33 PM
Officers saw a suspect who was looking into cars (a precursor to breaking into cars). They detained him to investigate and ran a records check which showed that he had warrants for his arrest for theft charges. When the suspect realized he was going to jail, he took off running into a wooded area of Golden Gate Park with the officers in pursuit. As they caught up to him, he turned to fight, but the officers restrained and handcuffed him. He was booked at County Jail.

ARREST: MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION & FELONY WARRANT
Geary & 15th Ave
02-21-2015 8:34 AM
Officers were on patrol when they saw the suspect drinking alcohol in public (a violation of the SF Municipal Police Code). They stopped to issue him a citation and a records check showed that he had a felony warrant from Missouri for failing to register as a sex offender. He was booked at County Jail.

ARREST: MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION & PUBLIC INTOXICATION
Geary & 26th Ave
02-21-2015 11:40 PM
Officers were on patrol when they saw the suspect urinating in public (a violation of the SF Municipal Police Code). They stopped to issue him a citation and found that he was so drunk that he could not care for his own safety. He was booked at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: The penal code allows for the arrest of a person who is found in any public place under the influence of intoxicating liquor…in a condition that he or she is unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others. Usually, the person is released without charges once they are sober.

MISSING / FOUND PERSON
Balboa & 15th Ave
02-22-2015 9:30 AM
A man reported that his elderly wife who suffers from severe dementia had been missing from their home for about 20 minutes. After nearly three hours of searching, officers found her in Golden Gate Park and returned her safely home.

ROBBERY OF A STORE WITH A GUN
Balboa & 45th Ave
02-23-2015 5:52 PM
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Sometimes I won’t include details about an incident because doing so might jeopardize the investigation. This is one of those times.

MENTAL HEALTH CALL
Sutter & Broderick
02-23-2015 1:45 PM
A mother called the SFPD to report that her adult daughter was highly agitated. Responding officers found the daughter to be paranoid and hallucinating. She was transported to the hospital.

THEFT
Geary & 28th Ave
02-23-2015 12:15 PM
The victim was shopping and had her purse in a grocery cart. She walked a short distance away from the cart and an unknown suspect stole her purse.
Suspect: Black male, 30-35 years old, 5’8” 155lbs, wearing a black baseball cap with orange writing, a red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black and white tennis shoes, and carrying a black jacket. The suspect had a black beard.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY OF A GARAGE
Funston & Balboa
02-23-2015 7:00 PM to 02-24-2015 9:00 AM
An unknown suspect drilled a hole in the garage door in an apparent attempt to defeat the lock, but was unable to gain entry.

BURGLARY OF A RESIDENCE
Cabrillo & 5th Ave
02-24-2015 1:20 PM to 7:40 PM
An unknown suspect entered through an open window then stole computers and speakers.

ARREST: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STALKING & VANDALISM
Balboa & 7th Ave
02-24-2015 2:00 PM
The victim’s ex-boyfriend sent her a series of threatening and harassing text messages over the course of several weeks. He then showed up at her home demanding that she come outside. He continued to make threats and damaged the gate in an attempt to enter the home. She called 911 and the suspect fled. Officers arrested him at his home nearby. He was booked at County Jail.

ARREST: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & CHILD ABUSE
Geary & 4th Ave
02-24-2015 9:01PM
A man was arrested for punching his domestic partner in the face and for abuse of her 8 year old child (he is not the child’s father). He was booked at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: A person may be charged with child abuse for inflicting mental suffering on a child. In this case, the suspect inflicted such suffering by punching the mother in front of the child and screaming at the child.

ROBBERY
Transverse & Crossover
02-25-2015 2:00 AM
The victim met the suspects earlier in the evening and was drinking alcohol with them in Golden Gate Park. The suspects attacked her without warning and stole her purse.
Suspect 1: White male, 18-24 years old, 5’7” 150lbs, brown hair, wearing a silver jacket and jeans
Suspect 2: White male, 18-24 years old, 5’11” 180lbs, brown hair, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

ARREST: MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS
Lincoln Way & 34th AVE
02-25-2015 2:42 PM
Officers on patrol of Golden Gate Park detained a male who was smoking which is a violation in the park. A records check showed that he had several warrants for his arrest from Tulare County for a variety of charges including threats, theft and violation of probation. He was booked at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: The SF Health Code prohibits the “smoking of tobacco or any other weed or plant” in parks.

BURGLARY VIA SCAM
California & 26th Ave
02-25-2015 4:00PM
Two men dressed in work clothes and claiming to be PG&E workers approached the homeowners and asked to go into the backyard to inspect sewer pipes. One suspect went into the yard while the other distracted the homeowners in conversation. Shortly after the suspects left, the homeowners realized that they had been burglarized.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: We have described variations on this scam in previous newsletters. If you have any doubts about the authenticity of someone claiming to need access to your property DO NOT LET THEM IN! Call the SFPD and we will come out to investigate.

ARREST: FELONIOUS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE & HIT AND RUN
Post & Webster / Geary & Masonic
02-26-2015 1:05 AM
A citizen waved down officers to tell them that he had just witnesses a white car hit a taxi on Post Street, then speed away and hit another car while parking at Geary and Masonic. The driver had fled into a nearby residence. Officers contacted her and found that she was under the influence of alcohol. She was booked at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Because the taxi driver from the first collision sustained an injury, both the DUI charge and the first Hit & Run charge are felonies.

THEFT FROM A LOCKED VEHICLE
Geary & 22nd Ave
02-25-2015 4:41 PM
The victim waved down a passing officer to report that his car had been broken into and his computer equipment had been stolen. The theft was witnessed by an employee of a nearby business.
Suspect: Black male, 20-22 years old, 5’4” 170lbs, wearing a black jacket. The suspect had short hair.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: In this case, the victim had hidden the stolen property underneath a mat. This did not fool the thief who broke the car window to have a look inside anyway. Never leave valuable items in your car.

ARREST: STOLEN CAR, FELON IN POSSESSION OF A PROHIBITED WEAPON, DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE, TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
Westbound Turk to Laguna
02-26-2015 2:51 PM
Officers saw a car weaving in and out of traffic and running red lights on Turk. They detained the driver and found that the car was stolen. They also found that the driver had a suspended license and that she had previously been convicted of a violent felony. They discovered a Taser (electrical charge weapon) in her possession. Her conviction for a violent felony prohibits her from possessing this weapon. The officers also discovered merchandise that they suspect was stolen from clothing stores. The suspect was booked at County Jail.

ARSON
Balboa & 48th AVE
02-27-2015 2:00 AM
Residents awoke to see a burning couch outside near the exterior wall of their apartment building. The fire department extinguished the couch and SF Fire Department arson investigators are investigating.

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING:
Tuesday 03-17-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Richmond Station Community Room
461 6th Ave.

CONTACT US:
Call 911 for emergencies
Call 415-553-0123 for non-emergency police service
Richmond Station
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-666-8000
E-mail: SFPDRichmondStation@sfgov.org
Follow us on Twitter: @SFPDRichmond

9:41 pm | Posted under Crime | 3 comments
Feb-26-2015

Richmond District teen Sean Sidi still missing after 21 months

KPIX 5 News ran a story recently on a disturbing trend – 5 San Francisco teens who have gone missing in recent years, disappearing without a trace.

One of them was 19 year old Richmond District resident Sean Sidi, who disappeared 1 year and 9 months ago. On the day he disappeared, he called a family member and said he was headed to Golden Gate Park.

To this day, his family has not been able to get any concrete leads as to Sean’s whereabouts.

“It’s hard,” Lynn Ching, Sean’s mother, told KPIX. “Humans are prepared for death, but not for someone going missing.”

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Sean called his father around 1:30pm and said he was “catching a bus to the park”. That was the last time that anyone heard from Sean, and he was last seen during a visit to a former high school teacher at the International High School on Oak Street earlier that day.

Sean’s family is especially concerned because several months before his disappearance, Sean suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that left him medically fragile.

Police traced the last ping from his phone on May 21, 2013 to an area “near and/or around Alvord Lake (Golden Gate Park), Stow Lake (Golden Gate Park), and the Inner Richmond”.

According to KPIX News, “four other young men, Crishtian Michael Hughes, Shawn Dickerson Tyler, Cameron Remmer and Jackson Miller had also gone missing in San Francisco in the three years before Sean disappeared, all about the same age as Sean. Together they became known as the California 5, and all are still gone without a trace.”

Watch the video above to get the full story.

For more information on the efforts to find Sean Sidi, visit http://www.seansidi.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/findseansidi.

Sarah B.

5:15 am | Posted under Crime | 5 comments
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