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Aug-28-2014

Police Blotter – August 28, 2014

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

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
The officers of Richmond Station are committed to traffic safety which is why you often read about them making arrests for driving with a suspended or expired license in our weekly newsletters. Not surprisingly, a 2012 study by the California DMV noted that suspended and unlicensed drivers are more dangerous than drivers with a valid license. The study found that suspended and unlicensed drivers are almost three times as likely to cause a fatal collision.

When SFPD officers cite a person who is driving with a suspended or expired license (or who has never had a license), they do not let that person drive off. There are three options for what happens next: The car can be parked, a licensed driver can drive the car away, or the car can be towed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug-26-2014

Police Blotter – August 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug-15-2014

Police Blotter – August 15, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of August 15, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
This week, I want to let you know about 2 scams that I have talked before, but that have resurfaced.

The first is a fundraising scam where people pose as youth or staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF). The imposters ask for donations in public locations in the Richmond District and other parts of the City. They use the logo of BGCSF and carry official-looking documents. However, the BGCSF does not endorse or participate in street canvassing, so this is a scam. If you are approached on the street by people collecting money who pretend to be from BGCSF, please call the SFPD at 415-553-0123. If you would like to safely make a donation to BGCSF please visit their website at www.kidsclub.org.

The second scam involves a phony phone call from a person claiming to be from the IRS. Usually they say that you owe back taxes and that local police are coming to arrest you right now unless you send them money. They will often demand that the money be sent through a wire transfer, money cards or some other non-refundable method. The SFPD does not arrest people for tax violations and the IRS does not demand payment through untraceable sources. The best thing to do is hang up on the scammers and refuse to answer if they call back. Although they may have your name and address they are probably nowhere near you and may not even be in the US. There have been no reports of someone actually showing up in person as part of this scam. If you are concerned that you actually do owe the IRS money, contact the IRS yourself (not through the call back number that the scammers provide).

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 08/12/2014, at 4:44 pm, Richmond Station Officers Responded to the 500 block of El Camino Del Mar regarding a report of a suspicious person in a residence. Police dispatch was able to provide responding police units with a description of the vehicle and the person. One of the witnesses contacted at the scene stated that he was painting the interior of a residence when he saw an unknown subject enter through the back door. The witness confronted the male and asked what the he was doing in the premise. The subject said he was working for the property manager as he then continued to remove items from the premise. Officers later contacted the suspect who had left the general area in a black “Mini” while exiting from the side exit of another address a short distance away. When the male was asked what he was doing, he told officers he worked for “Zillow Real Estate” and was the company owner. Officers determined that the vehicle being driven was in fact stolen from Mini of San Francisco earlier in the day. Items from earlier burglaries were recovered from the vehicle and a representative of “Mini” responded to the area and recovered the vehicle. The suspect in this incident was booked for multiple felony violations

On 08/09/2014, at 2:02 am, Officers on regular patrol in the area of Baker and California were dispatched to check on the well-being of driver “sleeping at the wheel” of a black BMW. The initial call was made by a concerned citizen who said that the vehicle was creating a hazard. The officers contacted the occupant was displaying the objective signs of alcohol intoxication. The female driver was later booked at County Jail for DUI and other violations.

On 08/08/2014, at 10:35 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Baker and Post St. observed a vehicle double parked in the street, which was causing an issue for other road users in the area. The officers contacted the occupant who was in the driver’s seat to advise him regarding the safety issue which he was creating. A computer query revealed that the driver was never issued a license in the State of California. The driver was cited for both violations.

On 08/10/2014, at 5:45 pm, Officers working the Outside Lands Event were directed to contact a troublesome male outside the event. The male was being troublesome to event staff and trying to repeatedly “jump the fence.” While interviewing the subject it was discovered that he was in possession of a quantity of hallucinogenic narcotics. The male was booked at Park Station on felony possession charges.

On 08/10/2014, at 4:30 pm, Officers working the Outside Lands Event were flagged down by an individual regarding a person selling narcotics. The witness directed officers to the suspect who was immediately detained. While conducting their investigation, Officers discovered quantities of various narcotics which were seized and later booked into evidence. The male was arrested and booked at the Northern Station for multiple felony violations.

On 08/12/2014, at 9:00 pm, Officers at Richmond Station were reviewing information regarding active arrest warrants within the district. During this review the officers discovered an active warrant for an individual on Post St. The officers responded to the wanted felon’s home address and made contact. They made this felony arrest without incident.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 08/12/2014, at about 7:43 pm, Officers responded to the area of 2400 Geary blvd regarding a robbery which had just occurred. The victim stated that she had just used the ATM at the Bank of America when she was approached by a male with a “black semi-automatic handgun.” The male demanded the victims Iphone and purse and then fled the scene in a vehicle. While walking home the victim in this incident contacted a female who stated that she had also been robbed.

On 08/12/2014, at about 7:40 pm, Officers responded to the 400 block of 38th Ave and spoke to the husband of a female who was robbed in the area of 38th Ave. and Anza. The victim saw a vehicle approaching her and a suspect jumped from the vehicle. The suspect had a “silver revolver” and engaged in a brief struggle for the victim’s purse. After the victim fell to the ground, she saw the suspect run to his waiting car and flee north on 38th Ave. The victim refused medical attention at the time of this incident. The investigation continues into both these incidents…

On 08/12/2014, at 11:00 am, Officers responded to the 500 block of 47th Ave. regarding a burglary of a residence under construction. At the scene they contacted the contractor who stated that he had locked and secured the premise the night before. When workers arrived at the house the following morning they discovered that the locks had been forced and entry made by unknown subjects. A number of tools were taken in this incident and the investigation continues.

On 08/10/2014, Richmond District Officers were contacted by a female who stated that her son was missing and at risk. The mother was able to provide a digital picture which was transmitted via department issued cell phone to officers working the Outside Lands Event. Due to this, the missing at risk person was located in the area of 36th and Fulton St.

On 08/10/2014, at about 3:30 am, Officers responded to the area of Post and Scott regarding a reported robbery. Officers contacted the female victim and her friend who said that while sitting on a park bench they were approached by an unknown male. The victim who was talking on her Iphone 5 was grabbed from behind. The suspect said to the victim, “you be quiet now or I will shoot you.” Fearing that the suspect may indeed have a gun, the victim released hold on her iphone. The victim’s friend approached and started kicking and screaming at the suspect who then fled on foot towards Geary. The victim in this incident declined medical treatment at the scene. The investigation continues…

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.
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Aug-12-2014

Police arrest Richmond Distict church pastor for alleged lewd acts on a minor


The building at 378 18th Avenue where Indonesian Pentecostal Foursquare Church holds its services

KTVU reports that Daly City police arrested 69-year-old Ventje Cornelis Singkoh this morning for alleged lewd acts on a minor.

Singkobh is the pastor at the Indonesian Pentecostal Foursquare Church, located at 378 18th Avenue near Geary Boulevard.

Authorities said he has also held services at other locations in San Francisco, Concord and his home in Daly City.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is urged to call Daly City Police at 650-991-8175.

Sarah B.

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Aug-1-2014

Police Blotter: July 31, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of August 1, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Dear Richmond District Residents,

I thought it was important that everyone in our community know that one of “San Francisco’s Finest”, Officer Bob Ramos #1226, is working his last shift today (7/31/14). Bob has dedicated almost 33 years of his life to help the citizen’s of this great town. As a newly promoted Lieutenant, I have seen Bob’s stellar work ethic. Bob has been a tremendous asset to Richmond Police Station and the district. Handling numerous calls for service per shift aside from his routine Park Car duties. He is never too busy to help a citizen, a fellow officer or anyone who asks for his help. Bob is a highly decorated police officer with years of valuable training and experience. But in my mind what separates Bob from the pack is his generous nature and compassion with everyone he contacts. We will miss Bob.

On the upside, Bob has made the decision to be a part of our SFPD Reserve Program. Bob has told me he loves this job and the people. He intends to work multiple times a month in the same job as the Park Car for our district. The primary difference as a reserve officer is that Bob will be coming to work on his own time. But when you talk to Bob about his career in the SFPD, the last 33 years hasn’t seemed like work at all.

Lt. William Conley#2192
Richmond Police Station


Retiring SFPD Richmond Station officer Bob Ramos

We are still suffering from a lot of vehicle burglaries. Please do not leave items or valuables in your vehicles. If you see a suspicious character looking into parked vehicles, call 415-553-0123 and provide a description of the suspect.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 07/28/2014, at 3:08 am Officers on patrol on the area of Anza and 12th observed a vehicle making an unsafe turn driving on the wrong side of the roadway. The officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver showed signs of intoxication and was on active probation. Officers booked the driver for driving under the influence.

On 07/26/2014, at 1:35 am, Officers on patrol in the area of 19th and Geary conducted a traffic enforcement stop on GMC Truck. The driver was contacted and it was discovered the driver did not have any license issued to him. He was cited for the misdemeanor offense at the scene.

On 07/24/2014, at 11:57 am Officers responded to an apartment unit on the 300 block of Arguello. This call was regarding a naked male who was climbing around on the second floor balcony and acting erratically. With the assistance of the building manager officers were able to contact the male who was not a resident of the apartment unit. Due to the height and location of the suspect, multiple Richmond Station officers responded to assist. Although there was little room to maneuver and the serious danger of a fall for both the suspect and the officers, they were eventually able to remove the suspect without serious incident. The male indicated that he was a methamphetamine user and remained uncooperative. A computer records search revealed the suspect had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at County Jail without further incident.

On 07/23/2014, at 11:20 pm Officers on patrol in the area of 15th and Geary saw a vehicle fail to stop at the active red light. Officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver has never been issued a drivers license in California. The driver was cited for the misdemeanor of driving with no license issued

On 07/23/2014, at 11:18 pm Officers observed a cyclist on a bicycle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The Officers contacted the cyclist with the intention of issuing a citation for the observed infraction. When the Officers conducted a computer query on the cyclist they discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The cyclist was booked at the County Jail on the warrant but not before he also got a ticket for the stop sign violation.

On 07/22/2014, at 0:59 am, Officers observed a vehicle traveling west on Fulton St. with non working lamps. The officers followed the vehicle and saw it pull into a drive way along 125th Ave. The officers contacted the driver who seemed to show the signs of driving under the influence of a narcotic. A records check revealed that the driver was operating his vehicle on a suspended license and also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Officers also discovered a substance believed to be methamphetamine on the person of the driver. After being medically cleared at San Francisco General Hospital the driver was booked for multiple offences.

On 07/22/2014 at 11:37 am, Officers on patrol in the area of 11th and Geary saw a vehicle with non working brake lights. Officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver has never been issued a drivers license in California while residing here for 10yrs. The driver was cited for the both violations.

On 07/20/2014, at 11:20 pm, Officers in the area of Baker and Sutter St. observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The officers initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and revoked. The driver was cited for the misdemeanor violation.

On 07/19/2014, at 07:14 am, Officers in the area of Geary and 4th Ave. observed a vehicle driving in excess of the posted speed limit. The Chevy was driving at 62 m.p.h., which is 27 m.p.h. over the posted limit of 35 m.p.h.. The officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver. The driver was unable to provide any license and was cited at the scene.

On 07/19/2014, at 2:01 pm, Officers in the area of 4th and Geary observed a vehicle fail to stop at a solid red light and the vehicle was also showing expired registration tabs. The officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver. The driver stated he was distracted and failed to see the light. A computer check revealed the driver had no license issued and he was cited at the scene for the offence.

On 07/17/2014, at 7:08 am, officers observed a vehicle traveling at 51 mph in a 35mph zone. The conditions that morning were also wet which increases the stopping distance of a vehicle in an emergency. The driver was contacted and produced a license which was suspended / revoked. The license was suspended due to unpaid fines which the driver had not taken care of.

On 07/17/2014, at 11:39 pm, Officers in the area of the 6000 blk of Geary observed a vehicle with non working lights. The officers initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver was driving with a suspended and revoked license and was cited at the scene.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 07/18/2014 at 10:06 pm officers responded to the area of 2800 California Street regarding a burglary. Officers examined the area and determined that the suspect had removed a screen from a window to make entry. The unknown suspect removed a laptop computer and an IPOD. There officers also observed that there were no locks installed on the window. The officers were able to show the resident how to secure their windows properly.

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Jul-18-2014

Determined SFPD officer in a ticketing frenzy at 22nd & California


Officer UnFriendly pulls over a car on 22nd Avenue on Friday morning

The intersection of 22nd and California has always been a busy one. It’s a four way stop with businesses on three corners, two of which – Angelina’s Cafe and the Appel & Dietrich Market – get a lot of traffic. Alamo Elementary School is just down the block on 22nd Avenue, and there are bus stops on the east and west corners of the intersection. Crossing pedestrians are a frequent occurrence.

So it’s hardly a surprise to see an officer posted on the southeast side of the intersection, waiting for drivers to make their “California stops”, e.g. rolling stops, at the intersection.

But so far, a single officer has been at it for a week now, nabbing drivers left and right, resulting in a veritable frenzy of ticket-writing.

We were at Angelina’s Cafe this morning at 7:05am and Officer UnFriendly had already pulled someone over near 21st Avenue and California, lights flashing. By the time we purchased our coffee, he had already pulled over another driver on 22nd Avenue. This was in the span of approximately 8 minutes.

We emailed Richmond District station Captain Simon Silverman a few days ago to ask if there is an initiative underway to make that particular intersection the safest in San Francisco. But we got a vacation reply so we’ll have to wait until he’s back to get an explanation. [Update 7/28/14: We received a reply from Capt. Silverman which is reprinted below.]

One reader saw Officer UnFriendly nabbing drivers at 22nd and Lake as well. After someone rolled through the stop, he sped down the center line of Lake Street, no lights flashing, to pull them over.

“The officer’s driving seemed unsafe to me,” the reader wrote to us. “And really over the top.”

Whatever the cause, it seems like overkill for a single officer to spend multiple hours per shift at a single intersection for a week. Yes, we should all be making full stops and being reminded of it is not a bad thing. But given all of the problem traffic points we have in the neighborhood like the Fulton freeway and the Geary interstate, shouldn’t some of this enforcement be spread around?

Or maybe Officer UnFriendly is going for cop of the month? Time will tell but in the meantime, mind your stops, especially at 22nd and California.

Sarah B.

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We received this reply to our inquiry from Captain Simon Silverman on July 28, 2014:

We base our decisions on where to focus traffic enforcement on a number of factors including collisions, requests by the public, and our own observations of traffic conditions in the district.

In the case of 22nd & California, I was contacted separately by a couple of residents alarmed at the number of cars running stop signs and nearly hitting pedestrians. One woman told me that her young daughter was almost hit in the crosswalk. When people tell me about a dangerous area, I have my officers take a look at the traffic situation and write citations if warranted. More than one officer has been writing citations at 22nd & California although your blog post focused on a particular officer.

By writing citations, we are hoping to reduce violations and thereby reduce collisions. Most people drive more carefully if they get a ticket or if they see someone else getting a ticket. I hope that by writing a number of citations in the same place, we are making it safer by changing the behavior of the people who regularly drive through the area.

The intersection of 22nd & California is not the only place where Richmond Station’s officers are writing citations. In fact, the 4 block radius around that intersection accounted for only a small fraction of our traffic enforcement stops in the past month. We have also focused enforcement on Fulton, on Geary and on Park Presidio as well as many other places in the Richmond.

As you might imagine, writing people citations can be unpleasant because many people get upset and take it out on the officer. The officer whose picture you posted is undeterred by that unpleasantness, because he is doing an important job. It doesn’t make sense to call him “Officer Unfriendly” when even the few blog comments critical of his actions are not critical of his demeanor.

Officer have no quotas or incentives for citations, so it’s gratuitous to speculate that the officer whose picture you posted is “going for cop of the month” by writing tickets. This same officer has been on scene at a number of collisions where people have been seriously injured or killed, including one at 43rd & Fulton where a toddler was hit by a truck. The officer kept in touch with the family and visited the little boy in the ICU bringing him a toy. In my mind, that’s what makes him “cop of the month” – but he’ll tell you he was just doing his job.

Captain Simon Silverman
Commanding Officer
Richmond District Police Station

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Waiting on the southeast side of the 22nd & California intersection to tickets
drivers that are making rolling stops.

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Jul-18-2014

Police Blotter – July 18, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of July 18, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

MESSAGE FROM ACTING CAPTAIN
LT. DEBORAH GIZDICH

Captain Simon Silverman is on vacation

Golden Gate Bridge Weekend Closure

A full closure of the Golden Gate Bridge will be necessary during the short-term construction activities. This closure will begin at midnight on January 9, 2015 and will end at 4:00 AM January 12, 2015. The closure is not expected to exceed 52 hours. While this will cause significant delays to motorists traveling between the City of San Francisco and Marin County, the weekend closure is unavoidable to ensure both public and worker safety during construction. It is recommended that the public is informed to use alternate freeways, ferry services and/or avoid the use of Route 101 during this weekend.

An issue which was brought up by a concerned citizen at the PAR meeting, is the lack of turn signal use by road users. Not only is the non-use of your turn signal a vehicle code violation, this simple directional gives other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians a clear warning of your intention to change direction of travel. We would request all road users be mindful of your surroundings and be extra careful during the summer months.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 07/06/2014, at 10:54 am Officers on patrol on the area of westbound Fulton observed a vehicle in front of them with an expired registration tab which was expired since Nov 2013. They conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. As soon as contact was made, the driver pointed towards the back of the car and said “I know”. The officers asked to see the driver’s license and he stated he did not have one. The driver was cited and their vehicle was towed for registration expired over 6 months.

On 07/04/2014, at 8:32 pm, Officers responded to Masonic and Geary Blvd. to conduct a well being check on a male who was passed out in the driver’s seat of a stationary vehicle. While conducting the well being check, officers determined that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of suspected narcotics. After their investigation, the driver was booked into the county jail for D.U.I.

On 07/08/2014, at 10:10 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 18th ave. observed a white Mercedes driving in an unsafe and erratic manner. The officers started to follow the vehicle along Park Presidio Blvd and saw the vehicle make multiple unsafe and abrupt lane. Officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop where upon contacting the driver the cited him for reckless driving and various other vehicle code violations.

On 07/09/2014, at 10:24 am, Officers responded to the area of Rossi Park regarding an auto burglary in progress. Upon their arrival at the scene the officers observed a male and female parked in a vehicle which matched the description provided. After refusing to comply with the verbal commands given by the officers the vehicle fled the area. The driver of the vehicle showed a blatant disregard for the property and safety of others by hitting multiple vehicles during his effort to escape. The vehicle was spotted a short distance away by another responding unit which attempted to conduct a traffic stop; the vehicle again increased speed and fled. Due to the initial call being a property crime the officer did not follow the vehicle for safety and policy reasons. While the initial responding officers were taking the auto burglary report they were notified that the suspect vehicle was stopped in another police district. It should be noted that the male suspect ran from the scene of the traffic stop on foot and the female occupant was arrested. The investigation continues….

On 07/16/2014, at 1:20 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary blvd spotted a vehicle driving with no headlights. The initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver was suspended for a prior violation. The driver was cited at the scene without further incident for the violations.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 07/16/2014, at 12:20 pm, Officers responded to area of 9th and Lake St. regarding a purse snatch which had just occurred. The victim (68 yrs old) stated she was robbed by female suspect who shook her violently and stole her purse. The suspect fled to a waiting camper type vehicle which had a male driver. The vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim in this incident was not hurt and a passerby assisted until the police responded. Police saturated the area in an effort to locate the fleeing vehicle to no avail. Responding officers assisted the victim in getting to her banking institution which confirmed that a credit card transaction had occurred 16 mins after the robbery. The investigation continues….

We are still suffering from a lot of vehicle burglaries. Please do not leave items or valuables in your vehicles. If you see a suspicious character looking into parked vehicles, call 415-553-0123 and provide a description of the suspect.

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Jun-19-2014

Police Blotter – June 19, 2014 | Blotter author Office Brophy is retiring

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

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
Although the captain of Richmond Station often writes a short message at the top of each weekly newsletter, for many years the actual author of everything else in the newsletter has been Officer Lorie Brophy. Officer Brophy is about to begin her much deserved retirement from the SFPD. Since this is her final newsletter, it is my honor to publicly thank her for 32 years of dedicated service to the community.

Officer Brophy graduated from the police academy in the fall of 1982 and was assigned to Mission Station for field training. After completing her training, she came to Richmond Station in the spring of 1983. In the mid 80s, she spent a year at Narcotics/Vice, but otherwise she has spent her entire career serving the Richmond District. For many years she was a school officer, and the walls of her office are still decorated with artwork and thank you notes from generations of the Richmond District’s school children.

Because Officer Brophy has been at Richmond Station longer than any other person, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of the district. She possesses a keen intelligence and the finely honed instincts that come from years of police work. Using these talents, she frequently solves cases by making connections between seemingly unrelated information that others would miss.

The SFPD and the Richmond District have been fortunate to have Officer Brophy in our family these past three decades. Even though she won’t be coming to work here each day, her influence and her presence will be strongly felt for many years to come. She will forever be in the heart and the soul of Richmond Station and we wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement.

On June 25th at 6:00 pm the Police Commission will hold a public meeting in the Richmond District at Presidio Middle School (450 30th Ave). This is an opportunity for the commissioners to hear directly from residents of the district. I will also give a brief report about Richmond Station. This takes the place of our regular monthly community meeting, so we will not meet on June 17th as we usually would.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 06/15/14 at 8:27pm, a non-injury accident occurred on the 400 block of Clement. The party who was not at fault in the accident, attempted to leave the scene, but only made it one block. The other driver approached the male and believed he was under the influence and called the police. When officers arrived they observed obvious signs of intoxication and in performing initial tests, the driver was over 3 times the legal limit. The 34yr old male was charged with driving under the influence and hit and run.

On 06/17/14 at 1:18am, officers patrolling the area of Post and Scott Sts observed a male walking along the curb line, looking into car windows with a flashlight. Officers detained the male and asked him several times for his identification. When he finally provided it the officers found that he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. When the officers went to place him into handcuffs, the suspect began to resist and pull away. The suspect kept yelling “Shoot me!” and “Hurt me!” The officers were able to get him to the ground and place him into handcuffs after a struggle. A backup officer arrived and they began to walk him to the patrol vehicle when he lunged towards the officer, again yelling to “Shoot me!” and “Kick me!” He started spitting at the officers and kicked his legs and flailed his body. They were finally able to search the suspect and located pepper spray, a stethoscope and two Laryngoscopes in his coat pocket. The suspect told the officers that he wanted an ambulance as his arm hurt. When the ambulance arrived he refused to answer any of the paramedics question and told them his medical complaint was one of “hurt pride.” The suspect, a 29yr old male was charged with the possession of pepper spray and warrants. One of the pieces of medical equipment had a name engraved on it and in searching report records discovered that an auto burglary report had been made on May 27th. Officers went to the victims home to make contact but were told by neighbors that he had just moved out of state within the last week.

On 06/18/14 at 3:24am, officers were called to a burglary in progress on the 400 block of 27th Ave. The caller was witnessing this from across the street and observed two suspects prying open the front door of an apartment building. The caller then observed the males enter the lobby and go into the garage. Prior to officers arriving, the suspects had fled south on 27th Ave but the witness kept an eye on their direction of travel and pointed out one of the suspects to the officers. The male was detained and identified by the witness. The second suspect was not located. Officers found the front door damaged with pry marks. The suspect, a 35yr old male was charged with burglary. It is unknown at this time what the loss is if any.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
Between 06/12/14, 9am and 06/14/14, 11:40am on the 6100 block of Geary, a suspect entered a multi-unit garage and took a bike. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 06/12/14 at 8:10pm, the victim was on Sutter and Baker when she was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects forced her to the ground and took her purse. Both suspects fled south on Baker. They were described as black males, 20-25yr, with one wearing a tan jacket with a hood and blue jeans. The victim was uninjured.

On 06/13/14 at 8:45pm officers were traveling west on Fulton at 17th Ave. One of the officers observed a flash of light coming from behind a van that was parked on the south side of Fulton. The light was coming from the sidewalk side. The officers were aware that Fulton St is an area where auto burglaries occur and turned around to investigate. The officers saw the suspect standing next to the van and when he saw the patrol car, he ran to a Honda that was parked and began to drive off. The officers attempted a traffic stop and initially the suspect stopped the vehicle. As the officer approached, the driver suddenly accelerated and fled west bound Fulton at a high rate of speed. The occupant was driving in complete disregard for any ones safety and was traveling at such a speed that the officers lost visual contact with the vehicle. The suspect was described as a black male, 25-30yrs wearing a white t-shirt, dark pants and had tattoos on his arms. The vehicle was a 4 door green Honda.

Between 06/13/14, 11:30pm and 06/14/14, 7:50am on the 800 block of Balboa, a suspect entered a storage area of a garage and took several boxes of paperwork, bicycle parts and an outdoor rug. There was no sign of forced entry.

On 06/14/14 at 1:20am the victim was walking on California St approaching Spruce. The two suspects approached him from behind and demanded his backpack. The victim struggled with the suspect for several moments over the bag and eventually the suspect took it. They then fled to a vehicle that was only described as black in color and fled south. The backpack contained a laptop and textbooks. The suspects were two black males, 25-30yrs, one wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. The other had on a black beanie and a dark long sleeved shirt.

On 06/16/14 between 6am and 3pm on the 2200 block of Divisadero St, a suspect pried open a rear door to a residence. The suspect took an iPad and credit cards.

Between 06/16/14, 5pm and 06/17/14, 8am on the 1700 block of Lake St, a home under construction was broken into. The suspect pried open a lock box which contained the key to the residence and took tools.

On 06/17/14 at 8:15am, an officer was called to a burglary on the 2400 block of Clement St. At some point during the night the suspects had forced entry through the front door of a business. The suspects then forced open the office door inside and took cash. The incident was caught on video; however the suspects had completely covered their faces and were wearing gloves. The suspects then fled in a light colored Toyota.

On 06/17/14 at 10:22pm, the victim was walking to his car parked on Sutter and Baker St. As he entered his vehicle and closed the door, the suspects ran up to the car and opened the driver’s side door. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and demanded the victim’s cash and began to pat the victim’s pockets. The suspect then removed his wallet and struck him in the head with the butt of the gun. Both suspects fled in an unknown direction. The victim stated that the suspects were wearing some type of ski mask and all dark clothing. The victim refused medical treatment.

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