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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.

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


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

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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.]


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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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.

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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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.]

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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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.

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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Local links: Sisters in crime, a coyote lady, Green Apple, historic video & more

Photo by Tony Jameson

Happy Thursday to everyone! Here are some local updates to get you to Friday…

  • At Sunday Streets last weekend on the Great Highway, a group tried to break the Guinness World Record for the longest skate chain. They didn’t succeed but it made for some good photos :)
  • The two sisters that were arrested this week on allegations of operating a sex-trafficking ring in the Richmond District were released on $50,000 bail. They have been charged with seven counts of pimping, seven counts of pandering, one count of conspiracy to pimp and one count of conspiracy to pander after allegedly operating brothels at 385 Seventh Ave. and 4719 Geary Blvd. They are due to be arraigned on Friday. [SF Chronicle]
  • We see coyotes frequently in the Richmond District, and one San Francisco woman has taken it upon herself to study and photograph them. “I do it because I love coyotes and want to dispel myths about them,” Kessler said. “I want to help people understand how we can coexist peacefully with these beautiful animals.” She’s also produced videos to educate people on how to get along with coyotes.
  • The Tidy Shoppe at 4050 Geary is offering new makeup classes. The first one on June 26 from 7-9pm is focused on “smokey eyes” and features instruction from Cindy Chan. The cost is $40 and you bring your own makeup. Sign up via their Facebook page or call 668-4050.
  • Green Apple Books will open their second location on 9th Avenue in the Inner Sunset on August 1. Get all the details here including a look at the logo for the new store.
  • Speaking of Green Apple, owner Pete Mulvihill met a new “pal” at a recent event in NYC:

  • We don’t think we’ll ever “get” this business, or understand how they even STAY in business, but they continue to attract media attention. A journalist for Vice magazine paid a visit to the face-slapping masseuses at 14th Avenue and Geary. “The routine was like a bit from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers World Tour Live on Stage—but considering I was in a place where beauty-conscious people pay big bucks to get slapped in the face, how could I expect anything else?” Definitely one of the more bizarre pieces we’ve read this year.
  • Prelinger Archives found some unseen footage of Ocean Beach and Playland from 1942-43. In it you can see the Lurline Pier stretching out into the ocean, which was the intake pipe for pumping saltwater to the old Lurline Baths and Olympic Club pools downtown.

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Police Blotter – June 11, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of June 11, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

“Hot” is not the first word that comes to mind when people think of the Richmond District. But the interior of a car can quickly heat up on a sunny day. Heatstroke is the second most common cause of vehicle related deaths for children (second to collisions). A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. Children should never be left unattended in cars not only because of heat but also other safety concerns. People break into cars, people steal cars, and there are some predatory criminals out there in the world.

While we are on the subject, let’s not forget that animals can also be hurt or killed when left in hot cars. If you see a child or an animal in danger, please call 911.

Lately I have gotten several requests asking me to remind drivers about the importance of using turn signals. Here are the relevant sections of the California Vehicle Code:

22107. No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal… in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.

22108. Any signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.

24252. (a) All lighting equipment of a required type installed on a vehicle shall at all times be maintained in good working order…

As my driver’s ed teacher said, “We use our signals to let others know what we are going to do, not to let them know what we are doing. They can already see what we are doing.”

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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On 06/06/14 at 2:50am, officers were called to a vehicle collision on Divisadero and California Sts. The caller was reporting that it was a single vehicle accident and the driver fled the scene. When the officers arrived they saw that the vehicle had hit a light pole on the center median and flipped over, finally landing back on its wheels. The passenger in the car told the officers that she had just met the driver at a bar and he was giving her a ride home. A passerby alerted the officers to the location where the driver was hiding on the 1900 block of Broderick where he was taken into custody. Due to the drivers injuries he was transported to the hospital for treatment and charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and driving without a license. The passenger was treated and released.

On 06/06/14 at 8:40pm, an officer was patrolling the area of Boswell St and Post when he observed the suspect walking unsteadily on his feet. The officer made contact with the suspect to see if he needed medical attention or was intoxicated. The male told the officer that he “was a good man,” and provided the officer with his name, but had no identification. When the officer ran the male in the computer he came back clear. The officer then saw that the suspect was wearing a San Francisco County Jail bracelet which had his photo but another name. The officer then ran that name and saw that the suspect was wanted on a parole violation. The 32yr old was charged accordingly.

On 06/08/14 at 6:36pm, plainclothes officers were in the area of Fulton and Arguello when the observed the suspect standing along the curb line near a car. The officers recognized him from previous contacts regarding auto burglaries. The officers continued to watch him and saw that he was in possession of two backpacks and a small cooler. The suspect walked into the park and sat on a bench and looked through the contents of the backpack. After putting the items back he stood up and went to the bus stop and sat down. Officers then determined that the suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for burglary. The suspect was detained and in going through the property in his possession, the officers found items that had been taken in several auto burglaries. The suspect was also in possession of heroin and counterfeit bills. The 55yr old male was charged with possession of stolen property, narcotic violations, possession of counterfeit bills and auto burglary.

On 06/09/14 at 10:33pm, officers were patrolling the area of 8th and Fulton when they saw a male and female in a loud verbal argument. The officers stopped to check on the two and confirmed there had been no physical altercation. The officers conducted a computer check on the two and discovered that the female was a 16yr old runaway from Sacramento. The male had a warrant out of Texas. The male was searched and officers located brass knuckles in his possession. The 16yr olds father was contacted and he came to Richmond Station to pick up his daughter. The 19yr old male was charged with weapons possession. The warrant from Texas was non-extraditable.

On 06/10/14 at 10:40pm, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the 1500 block of Baker. The driver had an outstanding narcotics warrant for his arrest. Upon searching the vehicle the officers located a handgun in a backpack in the vehicle. The 24yr old driver, who is a convicted felon, was charged with possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and narcotic violations.

Between 06/05/14, 12pm and 06/09/14, 5:15am on the 3700 block of Jackson, a suspect entered a home by breaking a window pane on the front door. The suspect entered the home and rummaged through drawers and closets, but nothing appears to have been taken.

Between 06/07/14, 4:45am and 06/08/14, 11:45am on the 3300 block of Washington, a suspect entered a home by first kicking in the tradesman door to get to the rear of the home. Once in the back, the suspect shattered a glass door by throwing a rock through it. The home had been gone through but the owners were out of town, so the loss is unknown at this time.

On 06/09/14 at 2pm, the victim left his bike, unlocked, in front of a business on the 3400 block of California. From the inside of the business the victim saw the suspect jump on his bike and flee west on California St. The victim tried to give chase but was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as a white male 30-40yrs.

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Recent reports of illegal sex businesses in the Richmond District

The Richmond District’s dirty laundry has been aired out recently in the news, with startling signs that this sleepy neighborhood may be the ideal place for human traffickers to operate illegal businesses.

You may recall in 2013 when the Department of Public Health revoked the operating permits of two Richmond District massage businesses due to allegations of illegal activities and unsanitary conditions.

One was the Clement Service Center at 311 12th Avenue, the other was Warmer Massage at 505 8th Avenue.

The businesses were cited for a variety of infractions including having unlicensed practitioners, unsanitary conditions, being open past permissible operating hours, and operating without a permit.

At the time of the investigations, inspectors were told of sexual conduct between the practitioners and patrons, and condoms were found on the premises, but nothing was witnessed. The businesses were closed, but eventually reopened.

Michael Tarbox, the owner of the market next to Warmer Massage summed up how the neighborhood feels about these businesses.

“We don’t want this business here. We know what it is. We know what’s going on there,” Tarbox said.

The situation is not going away. This past weekend, a Chronicle reporter accompanied a public health inspector and the SFPD on their visits to several city massage parlors.

“Each and every massage parlor was cited for at least one violation – and many of them showed clear evidence of human trafficking,” the story reported.

One of the businesses mentioned in the story was Ai Rose Salon, located at 4004 Balboa near 41st Avenue. The evidence was obvious upon their arrival.

“As the group rushed in, a young patron tried to hurry out, holding up his pants with one hand. The police stopped him for questioning – it turned out that he had a previous arrest.”

And as of this morning, it appears the sex trade is not just limited to massage businesses.

The Chronicle reported on the arrest of two sisters in the Richmond District on allegations of operating a sex-trafficking ring here in the neighborhood.

“Qiao “Judy” He, 37, and Gaineng He, 36, both of San Francisco, were booked into County Jail on suspicion of pimping and pandering. Investigators said the women ran two brothels out of residences at 385 7th Ave. and 4719 Geary Blvd., where they charged men up to $200 to have sexual intercourse with young women.”

The two women are being held on $25,000 bail and are also under investigation for potential tax fraud and conspiracy violations.

Sarah B.

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Police Blotter: June 6, 2014 | Watch out for the PG&E repair scam

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of June 6, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

This week, the SFGate Blog published an article entitled, “Busted! Bay Area’s most notorious speed traps”. The article asked readers, “Where have you been popped? Where do you consistently see police doing traffic enforcement? Tell us the freeway location or the cross streets …and we’ll publish the results.”

I was pleased that several readers posted locations in the Richmond District where they had been cited or where they had seen officers stopping violators. If publishing these locations makes people drive safely in those areas, then that’s a win in my book. Some posters felt that officers using radar to enforce speed limits or officers watching stop signs was somehow “sneaky.” I don’t think there’s anything underhanded about officers observing the behavior of people using the public roadway. The reason we have traffic laws is to establish a common social contract for the safety of the entire community. Drivers who break the law risk a citation. Those who drive safely won’t get pulled over.

Richmond Station’s officers are focusing on areas where there have been collisions and complaints about dangerous driving. One example is Fulton Street which was mentioned in the blog comments. Two children in crosswalks have been hit by cars on Fulton in the last few months. I am absolutely unapologetic about the citations that my officers have written on Fulton. They will keep writing cites wherever people are not driving safely.

Just to be clear, there are NO citation quotas for officers. Quotas are illegal. The officers are writing cites because people are getting hurt and killed.

On June 25th at 5:30 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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On 05/30/14 at 10:45pm, officers were called to the area of Fulton and La Playa on a call of a reckless driver. It was being reported that this vehicle almost hit a group of pedestrians in the crosswalk. One of the officers saw the vehicle as it pulled into a parking lot on the 800 block of La Playa. As they approached the driver they could tell he was extremely intoxicated. It was also discovered that his license had been suspended due to a previous drunk driving arrest. The 55yr old male was charged accordingly.

On 06/04/14 at 4:30pm, officers were called to a fight in progress on the 400 block of 5th Ave. Officers arrived and determined that there had been an argument between co-workers, and the suspect had punched one of the victim’s in the face. That victim also sustained a cut on his stomach. The second victim came into the room to get the suspect off of the first victim and a struggle ensued. The suspect then pulled out a knife and cut the second victim in the leg, causing a deep laceration. The suspect then fled the scene. The second victim was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. On 06/05/14 at 1:30am, the suspect, a 31yr old was located on the 3500 block of Cesar Chavez and detained. He was charged with aggravated assault and threats.

On 05/29/14 at 2:30pm, the suspect knocked on the 89yr old victim’s door on the 500 block of 3rd Ave. He told the victim that he worked for PG&E and was there to fix utilities. He then asked for payment to do the repairs. The victim gave the suspect their debit card and PIN so the suspect could go take out money. When the suspect never returned the victim called the police. Due to the victim’s age, they could not remember much detail regarding the suspect other than he was a Latin male. The officers assisted the victim in notifying the banks and discovered that there had been a total of over $4000 charged to the account.

Between 05/31/14, 4pm and 06/01/14, 1pm on the 700 block of Funston, a suspect entered a garage and took 4 bikes. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 05/31/14 at 5:23pm, the suspect approached the teller’s desk of a bank located inside of Safeway on the 800 block of La Playa. The told the teller that he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled out of the store. He was described as a white male, 35-45yrs, chubby, with a scruffy beard and moustache. He was wearing a black beanie and a black hooded sweatshirt. The gun was not seen.

On 06/02/14, between 7:30am and 9pm on the 3500 block of Clement St, a suspect attempted to enter a residence by prying open the front door. The door was damaged, but entry was not made.

On 06/02/14 at 7:17pm, on the 2900 block of California St, a resident of an apartment building was returning home and saw the suspect at the garage door, which was closed. She could see that the suspect appeared to be removing the lock from the door and yelled at him. The suspect fled west on California towards Baker St. He was described as a white male, 30yrs, wearing a green jacket and jeans and carrying a satchel.

On 06/04/14 at 12pm, a caller who lives on the 700 block of 39th Ave, looked out her window and saw a suspicious vehicle parked in front of his neighbor’s house across the street. The caller then saw two suspects exit the vehicle and ring the doorbells of two of the houses across the street. Both suspects then went back down and sat in the vehicle for a few minutes before running back up the steps of one of the homes. The suspects forced their way through the security gate and entered the home. Within 10-15 seconds, they came running out, empty handed and got back in the vehicle and fled south on 39th Ave. The suspects were two black males, 20-25yrs, one wearing yellow pants, the other all gray clothing. The officer conducted a walkthrough of the home and nothing appeared to be disturbed. They were unable to contact the owner of the residence.

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Police Blotter – May 29, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of May 29, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

On June 25th at 5:30 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.

On 05/24/14 at 5:54pm, numerous officers responded to a call of a naked male walking in the lanes of traffic. The officers located the 18yr old male and immediately noticed he was under the influence of an unknown narcotic. When the male saw the officers he tensed his body and clenched his fists. The officers attempted to detain the male who continued to fight and tried to break away. At one point he stood up and with his full body weight slammed an officer into a nearby parked semi-truck. Other officers arrived on scene to assist and after a violent struggle; they were able to detain the male. An ambulance was called for the male and he was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation due to the fact that he was a danger to himself and others. Several hours later an acquaintance came to Richmond Station to report that the male was missing. She was informed of his whereabouts and the acquaintance told the officer that the male had taken 3 hits of acid earlier in the day.

On 05/25/14 at 9:50pm, officer s were driving on Geary at Presidio when the observed the suspect doing graffiti on the bus shelter. The officers detained the 29yr old male who told them he was doing mathematical equations. The suspect was charged with vandalism.

On 05/25/14 at 10:45pm, the victim was walking on Lyon towards Washington. A suspect came from behind him and grabbed him by his neck. The suspect then struck him in the side of his head with a heavy object and told him to get down on the ground. The suspect demanded his property while pushing a metallic object at the side of his head. The suspect took the victim’s wallet, cell phone and bag. The suspect who was described as a black male wearing a ski mask, fled south on Lyon. Officers were able to track the victim’s cell phone to the gas station at California and Steiner Sts. They observed three males standing outside a black Toyota Camry at the gas pumps and detained them. The officer who was still with the victim “pinged” the victim’s phone, which sounded in one of the suspects pockets. The officers located the victim’s driver’s license and debit card in the waistband of another suspect. The suspects were filling up their vehicle with the victim’s debit card. All three males, 21yrs, 22yrs and 24yrs were all charged with robbery, aggravated assault, possession of stolen property and fraudulent use of a credit card. Two of the three suspects were also on felony probation and were charged with a violation of probation.

On 05/29/14 at 3:30am, officers were called to a vehicle accident at 24th Ave and Geary. It was determined that there was a male in the gas station who was intoxicated and stumbling around. A passenger in a vehicle that was in the station reported to the attendant that the drunk male had fallen and 911 was called. The vehicle that had been at the station was putting air in a tire that was flat and when they were finished went to back out. At this point the drunk male had fallen behind the rear of this vehicle and he was run over. The driver of the vehicle, a 32yr old was also intoxicated and charged with driving under the influence, causing serious injuring.

On 05/23/14 at 5:53pm, the victim had parked his car on the 800 block of Clement St and was putting money in his meter. He heard the suspect say “What’s up homie?” The victim looked towards the suspect who then punched him in the face. The victim fell to the ground onto his back and the suspect kicked him in the face. The suspect then went through the victim’s pockets and took his cell phone and keys. He then threw both items into the street and fled east on Clement St. The victim was transported to a local hospital. The suspect was described as a white male, 18-35yrs of age, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, gray baseball cap and dark pants.

Between 05/23/14, 10:30pm and 05/24/14, 6:30am on the 300 block of 14th Ave, a suspect broke out the windows of a least 6 vehicles. Some of the cars had been rummaged through, but nothing appears to have been taken.

On 05/24/14 at 12:45am, a caller reported seeing two males breaking out the windows of vehicles parked along Fulton between 38th and 39th Aves. The caller did not know what they were using to break the windows and lost sight of the suspects as they fled north on 38th Ave. Officers located 10 vehicles that had broken windows. Of the registered owners they were able to contact, none reported a loss. The suspects were described as unknown race males, 25-35yrs, both wearing dark clothing. One had a gray backpack, the others was black.

On 05/28/14 at 5am, the caller was awoken to the sound of breaking glass on the 700 block of Arguello. When he looked out his window, he saw a male with a metal bar in his hand attempting to gain access into a business. The suspect apparently gave up and fled to an awaiting U-haul truck being driven by a second suspect. The truck fled north on Arguello Bl. The suspect was described as an unknown race male wearing a gray sweatshirt.

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