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Jan-23-2015

Police Blotter – January 23, 2015

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 23, 2015. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our next community meeting is Febuary 17th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.
Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On January 15, 2015 at 12:10 AM, Officers Mariano and George were on patrol in the area of 4th Avenue and Geary when they observed a vehicle with non-working tail lights. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver was unable to produce a driver’s license and a computer query revealed he had never been issued one in California. The driver was cited for multiple violations

On January 15, 2015 at 8:20 AM, Officers Joshua and Canedo were on patrol in the area of Lake and 12th Ave. when they were cut off by another vehicle traveling eastbound on Lake Street. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The officer requested the driver’s license and a computer query revealed it had been suspended in 2014. The driver told the officers he did receive a notification from DMV but was “too busy to go to the DMV to deal with it.” The officer cited the driver for both violations. The driver then telephoned the officers later in the day to say that he went to the DMV to take care of his paperwork. The DMV removed the suspension from the driver’s license.

January 15, 2015 at 1:56 PM, Officer Downing along with other Richmond units responded to the 100 block of 25th Ave. regarding a reported robbery. Police dispatch broadcast a description of the two suspects in this incident, but the responding officers were unable to locate them. The victim said she had been walking on 25th Ave. towards Lake Street when she “sensed” somebody approaching her from the rear. The 1st suspect said “give me your phone and your wallet,” but the victim clenched them closer in an effort to retain them. With the assistance of the 2nd suspect an iPhone, iMac PC and purse were forcibly removed from the victim and both suspects fled on foot towards El Camino Del Mar and into the Presidio. The victim attempted to give chase but eventually lost sight of both suspects. The victim in this incident was uninjured and the investigation continues…

On January 15, 2015 at 11:24 PM, Officer Wheeler was on patrol in the area of Fulton and 41st Ave. when he observed a black Camaro with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed that the driver’s license was suspended and the driver was cited for both violations.

On January 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Officer Joshua responded to the 700 block of 3rd Avenue regarding a burglary the previous night. The victims in this incident stated they parked their vehicles in the garage at 6 PM the previous evening and discovered the garage unlocked at 8 AM on the 16th. Both victims searched the contents of the garage prior to calling the police and discovered a variety of items were missing including bicycles, helmets, a snowboard and a toolkit. Officer Joshua examined the scene and while there were no signs of forced entry did discover latent evidence at the scene. The investigation into this incident continues…

On January 16 at 5:33 PM, Officer Kulstad responded to the 2500 block of McAllister Street regarding a burglary report. The victim in this incident stated that at about 1:30 am that morning she thought she heard footsteps coming up her stairs from the garage and walk around the kitchen area of the house. The victim believed that possibly one of her children was making the noise. The victim called out to the person making the noise multiple times without a response. The victim woke her husband who then conducted a search of the house and the outside area but was unable to locate anyone. At the time of this report the only loss indicated by the victim was a laptop computer she was unable to find. The investigation continues…

On January 16, 2015 at 11:32 PM, Officer Schor was patrolling the 2400 block of Sutter Street. Officer Schor saw a vehicle double parked and blocking traffic on the block so the officer contacted the driver regarding the violation. During his contact the officer observed one of the passengers was not wearing a seatbelt and he smelled the distinct odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle. During the course of the officer’s narcotics investigation, he discovered numerous items of clothing and fashion accessories with their security tags still attached. None of the occupants of the vehicle were able to provide any receipts for the individual items located within the vehicle. One suspect took off running in an attempt to escape but was captured a short time later. A computer check on the suspect revealed that he had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. As a result of officer Schor’s “routine” traffic stop, thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was recovered, one suspect was booked at County jail and two possible suspects were identified. The investigation into this incident is ongoing…

On January 17, 2015 at 12:50 PM, Officers Ferretti and Macaulay responded to the area of 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. in Golden Gate Park regarding a report of a male cutting a lock on a bicycle and then cycling away. The two officers quickly found the suspect and discovered he was in the company of a second individual. The officers detained both subjects and other Richmond units responded to assist. During the course of their investigation the officers discovered wire cutters, locks and other indicia on both subjects. During this time, officer Magayanes responded to the De Young Museum to interview the witness in this incident and was then approached by two victims regarding the stolen bicycles. The witness was able to identify the suspects and the victims were able to identify the bicycles which were returned to them. Both suspects were booked into County jail on various charges.

On January 18, 2015 at 7:53 PM, Officers Finigan and Mariano responded to the 200 block of 21st Ave. regarding a Street robbery with a knife. Multiple SFPD units also responded to the scene to assist in locating the suspects. The victim had a laceration on her left hand between the thumb and index finger. Medical assistance was immediately requested to the area as responding officers rendered first aid. The victim stated she was riding a Muni Bus alone and when it reached 6th Ave. two females got on the bus. The victim used her iPhone while on the bus and got of the bus at 22nd Ave. and Geary with two suspects following. One of the suspects approached from behind and put her arm around the victim’s neck while producing a six-inch knife in her other hand. The 2nd suspect in this incident acted as a lookout during the robbery. The victim struggled with the suspect who was holding her in an effort to retain property. It was during the struggle that the victim obtained the laceration to her hand. The suspects fled from the scene with the victim’s shoulder bag which contained a variety of items. The investigation into this incident continues…

January 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM, Officer Brandenburg responded to the 3000 block of Jackson Street regarding a burglary of a residence under construction. The victim stated he had locked his toolbox which was on the first floor at 3 PM on the 17thand when he returned at 7 AM on the 19th he discovered that the box had been broken into. A variety of construction tools were stolen during this incident and the investigation continues…

On January 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM, Officer Stephens observed a vehicle on Bush Street with expired registration the officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On January 20, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Officers Faynshteyn and Tyler were on patrol in the area of Geary and 7th Avenue when they saw a vehicle drive through a solid red light. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver regarding the violation. A computer query revealed that the driver had driving restrictions placed on his license due to a prior violation. The restriction only allowed the driver to operate his vehicle to and from work and when he was asked, the driver stated he was doing neither. The driver was cited for operating his vehicle outside the restrictions and for running a red light.

On January 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM, Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of St. Joseph’s Avenue when he observed a vehicle with non-working tail lights. Officer Flannery conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver who was unable to produce a California driver’s license, a computer query revealed that the driver (who has lived in California for 10 years) has never possessed any license. The driver was cited at the scene for multiple violations.

On January 21, 2015 at 6:10 PM, Officer Stephens was on patrol in the area of Arguello and Geary when he saw a red Toyota Camry double parked on Arguello Boulevard blocking the bicycle lane. Officer Stephens contacted the driver and a records check revealed that the driver has been suspended from driving for the past three years. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

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Jan-15-2015

Disturbing “egging” incident reported to Richmond District police

We got word today of a disturbing egging incident that occurred in the outer Richmond last week.

Last Sunday night on January 11 around 9pm, a resident was out walking her dog near 24th Avenue and California Street. While on California Street, a “carload of kids” drove by and threw an egg at her.

The woman quickly headed back to her house, but continued to be pursued by the kids, who continued to throw eggs at her from the car.

At one point, the woman tripped but managed to make it home. But friends say she was so shaken by the incident that she did not leave the house the next day.

Despite not having a clear description of the car or its occupants, the woman did file a police report with the Richmond District police station. The station said they had heard of other cars being egged recently in the neighborhood.

Richmond District SFPD Captain Simon Silverman confirmed that they received the report of the incident and that so far, it is the only report of a person having eggs thrown at them.

Sarah B.

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Jan-8-2015

Police Blotter: January 9, 2015

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 9, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
The officers of Richmond Station want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year. There is much to do in 2015 and we are looking forward to the work we will do together building a better and safer community.
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The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 12:01am on Saturday, January 10 and will reopen at 4:00 am on Monday, January 12.

The Bridge will be closed to install a moveable median barrier which will provide a safer and more efficient system of separating opposing lanes of traffic.

The Bridge District is issuing a no travel advisory that weekend but if travel between San Francisco and the North Bay Area is necessary, there are several ways to get to your destination:

– Golden Gate Transit bus service will be allowed to cross the Bridge.
– Golden Gate Ferry will be offering expanded service that weekend, including late night service.
– Use alternate routes (Richmond and Bay Bridges)

The Bridge’s east sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists but parking lots at the Bridge will be closed.
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Our next community meeting is January 20th, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (Time change requested by attendees)
Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)
Guest Speakers: There will be a presentation by representatives of the Department of Public Health about their work with businesses that sell tobacco and alcohol within the district.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On December 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM, Officer Flannery observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for expired registration, no current proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license.

On December 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM, Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of 16th and Geary when he observed a vehicle with illegal tint on the Windows. Officer Flannery initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and during his investigation discovered the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for both violations.

On December 24, 2014 at 2:34 AM, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Cherry streets observed a vehicle which did not have a front license plate attached. The officers initiated a traffic stop regarding the violation and contacted the driver. A computer query on the driver’s information revealed that the driver did not have any drivers license issued to him. The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

On December 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM, Officers Flannery and Dal Porto were on patrol in the area of Balboa and 11th Ave. when they observed a vehicle with a broken tail light. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The officers discovered that the driver was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On January 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM, Sgt. Ezirim observed a male on a red scooter driving in an unsafe manner. The Sgt. initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the operator of the scooter did not hold any license in California. The operator was cited for driving with no license issued.

On January 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Officers responded to 2400 block of Balboa Street regarding an attempted robbery. The suspect in this incident initially entered the premise and purchased a half pint of vodka. As a shop assistant was making change for the purchase the suspect produced a knife and told the assistant to open the register. The assistant now realized that this was an attempted robbery and fearing for his safety grabbed a 4 foot long wooden pole to defend himself. The suspect grabbed the pole from the assistant and eventually fled the scene empty-handed. The investigation into this incident continues…

On January 4, 2015 at 2:05 AM, Officers Rotschi and Liu were on patrol in the area of Clement and 3rd Avenue. After stopping at the posted stop sign, the officers then started to proceed through the intersection. It was at this time that they were almost struck by another vehicle which had entered the intersection without apparently noticing their vehicle. Avoiding this collision was due to the officers being observant and driving in a safe manner. The officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver regarding the near miss. The driver told the officers he had just left a bar after having two whiskeys and did not see them in the intersection. At the conclusion of this incident the driver was booked at County jail on DUI charges and failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

On January 5, 2015 at 10:43 PM, Officers Stevens and Flannery were on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy and Middle Drive East in Golden Gate Park. The officers contacted a male who was later discovered to have an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested and transported to County jail without further incident.

On January 7, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Officer George was on patrol in the area of 11th Ave. and Geary when he observed a vehicle with an expired registration. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver had a suspended license for a prior DUI. The driver was cited regarding both violations.

On January 7, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Officers Neill and Dungca responded to the parking lot at the Smart and Final on 7th Avenue regarding a fight in progress. When they arrived at the scene, the officers discovered that the fight was in relation to a petty theft which had just occurred. While running a computer query on the suspect in this incident the officers discovered there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and booked at County jail without further incident.

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Dec-18-2014

Police Blotter – December 19, 2014 | Woman assaulted with brass knuckles on Fulton

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

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On December 11, 2014 at 7:40 AM Officer Ruggerio was on traffic patrol in the area of Crossover Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr.. It should be noted that this was during the recent storm and there were visibility issues due to heavy rain as well as other weather related hazards. The officer observed a vehicle driving with no headlights activated which is a requirement of the vehicle code during inclement weather. Officer Ruggerio initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The officer discovered that the driver although he has been resident in California for 11 years has never held a California Drivers license. The officer cited the driver for driving with no license and other violations.

On December 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM Officers Jones and Dal Porto responded to the 3300 block of Balboa regarding a reported robbery. On arrival at the scene they saw a female who was holding the back of her head because she was bleeding from a head wound. The officers called for immediate medical assistance to respond to the area. The victim said that the suspect in this incident followed her from the (5 Line) Muni coach when she exited at Fulton and 33rd Ave. As the victim was walking along the street she heard the suspect running up behind her, she then turned and saw the suspect who was female wearing brass knuckles on her right hand. The suspect hit the victim in this incident 10 to 15 times on her head. During the assault the suspect told the victim “give me your phone.” The victim in this incident fought back as the suspect fled empty-handed. The victim sustained a laceration to the top of her head but never lost consciousness. The victim was transported to the hospital for further treatment. The investigation into this incident continues…

On December 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM officers Chu and Perez responded to assist officer Lok in the area of Fulton and 48th Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle. Officer Lok had detained the occupants of the vehicle in relation to a prior incident which had been reported in the district. A computer query on both the detained subjects revealed that one detainee had six outstanding warrants for her arrest. The male subject was released at the scene and the female was booked at County jail on the arrest warrants without further incident..

On December 13, 2014 at 9:15 AM officers Macaulay and Ferretti responded to Presidio Avenue regarding a reported robbery. The officers contacted the victim at SFFD Fire Station 10, and were told that the incident occurred in the area of Lyon Street and Pine. The victim stated she was walking northbound on the street when she was approached by an unknown male in a camouflage jacket. The suspect in this incident grabbed the victim’s iphone and fled on foot northbound on Lyon St. the victim then ran to a place of safety at the firehouse to report the crime. The investigation continues…

On December 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM Officer Turner responded to a department store located at 5200 Geary regarding a shop lifting suspect. On arrival at the location the officer contacted the suspect in this incident. When the officer conducted a records check on the subject she discovered an outstanding $55,000 warrant for his arrest. There was no merit to any shop lifting in this incident and the subject was booked at County jail on the warrant without further incident.

On December 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM Officer Kulstad was on patrol in the area of Geary and 21st Ave. when she observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop regarding the violation and contacted the driver. The driver was unable to provide current proof insurance and a records check revealed that the driver’s license was expired. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On December 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM Officers Goold and Maher were on patrol in the area of La Playa and Fulton when they observed a vehicle and an expired registration sticker. They initiated a traffic stop to issue a citation. A computer records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license and also had no insurance on the vehicle. The officers issued a citation for multiple violations.

On December 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM Officers Schor and Lai were on patrol in the area of Euclid and Cornwall when they saw a vehicle fail to yield for 3 pedestrians in a crosswalk. It should be noted that the pedestrian had two young children with her as they legally crossed with a green light. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. As officer Schor spoke to the driver he noted a smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked into County jail on DUI charges and other violations.

On December 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM Officers Finigan and Lok responded to the area of Chain of Lakes Drive and Martin Luther King regarding a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. The vehicle was reported to be swerving from the roadway to the path and back again. On arrival at the scene the officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. As the officers were talking to the driver they saw an opened 24 ounce can of beer next to the driver in a cup holder. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail on DUI charges and multiple other violations.

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Dec-11-2014

Police Blotter – December 11, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 11, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

Battery on Elderly Female – Attempt to locate witnesses
On Wednesday 12/03/2014 between 9:30 am and 11:00 am, a 77 year old female victim was assaulted and pushed to the ground at Muni Bus Stop # 16264 located at 5301 Geary Blvd (at 17th Avenue).

The victim was helped to her feet by two people who witnessed the incident. The victim did not get the names of the man and woman who assisted her. The victim discovered later that her right arm was badly broken as a result of this incident.

Richmond Station requests that these two Good Samaritans come forward and assist us in identifying the suspect in this incident please Contact Richmond Station: Phone (415)-666-8000 or email us at sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.

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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!

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Our next community meeting is December 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM. (Time change requested by attendees)
Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On December 4, 2014 at 9 PM Officers Yee and Serrano were on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy and Great Highway. The officers responded to assist at the scene of an injury collision which involved a vehicle and a skateboarder. While the officers were conducting their investigation into the collision it was determined the driver was possibly under the influence of narcotics. Officer Yee conducted a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail on felony DUI charges.

On December 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM Officers Ferretti and Macaulay responded to Emerson and Geary regarding a complaint about a homeless encampment. The officers contacted three subjects at the location and while conducting a computer query discovered one was a missing juvenile from San Jose and another had outstanding arrest warrants. The missing juvenile was returned and the subject with the warrants was booked at County jail without further incident.

On December 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM Officers Mulliken and Alexander responded to the Safeway at 850 La Playa regarding a theft. The officers spoke to the security guard who explained that during this incident the suspect had made threats towards the employees. When the officers conducted a computer check on the suspect involved they discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and transported to jail without further incident.

On December 6, 2014 at 4:33 AM Officer’s Yee and Rotschi were dispatched to 16th and Geary regarding a male who had just broken a window in the area. Prior to getting to the location a male suspect was observed in the area who matched the description and was detained by Officers McFall and Anderson. The witness in this incident was able to positively identify the suspect who was responsible for the broken window. It should be noted that the male was heavily intoxicated which was the result of a Christmas party he had attended earlier in the evening. The male was arrested and booked at County jail without further incident.

On December 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM Officers Lok and Wong responded to the 500 block of Clement Street regarding a theft complaint. The officers arrived on scene and officer Lok recognized the subject who was being detained. Officer Lok knew the subject was on parole and contacted his parole agent. The subject was booked at County jail for a parole violation and theft from a merchant.

On December 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM Officers Chu and Perez responded to 10th and Cabrillo regarding a street robbery. The victim told officers that she was standing at the intersection of 10th and Cabrillo waiting for a prearranged ride to pick her up. The suspect approached the victim on foot and produced a handgun which he pointed in the victim’s direction. The suspect told the victim not to scream and then grabbed her phone from her hand. The suspect fled on foot northbound on 10th Ave. along with two other male suspects. The victim in this incident was not injured and the investigation continues…

On December 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM Officers Lok and Finigan responded to the 400 block of Funston Avenue regarding a complaint of five males drinking alcohol on the sidewalk. The officers contacted the males regarding the issue and a computer query revealed one of the subjects had an outstanding arrest warrant. Four of the subjects were moved along and the fifth was booked at County jail for the warrant without further incident.

On December 8, 2014 at 2:15 AM Officers Kawaguchi and Campbell responded to the area of Sutter and Baker streets regarding a reported robbery. When the officers arrived in the area they spoke to the reporting party who happened to be a taxi driver. The driver stated he picked up three passengers in the Union Square area of the city and after driving to their destination they paid their fare and exited the vehicle. One of the passengers then approached the driver’s side window, reached inside grabbing the driver’s work cell phone which was mounted to the dash board. The driver got out of his cab and attempted to get his phone back. It was at this time the suspect produced a gray semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at the driver’s chest. The suspect ordered the driver to give him his personal cell phone and his money, fearing for his safety the driver returned to his cab. The suspect approached the driver again and made an attempt to reach in and grab the driver’s personal cell phone. The driver fearing for his life fled the area. The driver was uninjured during this incident and the investigation continues…

On December 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of Geary and 15th Ave when he saw a black Ford Explorer with expired registration. The officer pulled over the vehicle to give the driver a ticket and discovered that the driver had an expired license. The officer cited the driver for multiple violations.

On December 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of 4th Ave and Cabrillo when he saw a vehicle with a mechanical violation. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query of the driver’s information showed the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On December 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM Officer Neil was on patrol in the area of Geary and 17th and when he saw a vehicle fail to stop at a red light while making a right hand turn. Officer Neil who was on bicycle patrol managed to contact the driver regarding the violation. A computer query revealed that the driver’s license had been suspended for a prior failure to appear. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and the red light violation.

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Dec-4-2014

Police Blotter – December 5, 2014

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

STATION MESSAGE

(Copy of an email from a Richmond Resident regarding magazine scam)

Hi there,

I just wanted to take the time to thank the officer who saved me from getting scammed last night. The doorbell rang around 8/8:30pm and a friendly, well-dressed young man was door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. After politely describing that I have no interest in magazines, he persistently continued with a friendly speech about trying to get a second chance at life as a former gang member. He was trying to earn “points” from magazine sales which would help him earn a bit of money and “turn his life around”. His manner was persistent and polite. I asked to see materials from the company he was representing. They are called “PS Circulation” and the materials he had with him were laminated, professional looking brochure type things. He also had a hand-written list of other folks in the neighborhood that had donated money towards magazine sales earning him these much-coveted “points”.

I like to help people out and didn’t mind contributing, although I should have known better!! I even started to write a check, but thankfully didn’t give it to him, or divulge any personal information such as email, address, phone number, etc. Right in the nick of time, one of the officers in the neighborhood happen to see the exchange and right at that moment, he approached the house, turned his flashlight directly on the solicitor and started questioning him. He let him know that there were multiple complaints in the neighborhood, that under no circumstances was it okay to sell door-to-door at night, and asked for ID. The young man could not provide any and then started getting argumentative. I took this opportunity to go back inside.

Luckily for me, it never got that far, although I do admit I’m a bit flustered about almost falling for it! I sure felt like an idiot, but I also feel grateful because that officer sure saved me!! He swooped in just in the nick of time and taught me a valuable lesson in the process. The Inner Richmond is generally so safe that I forget to be on my guard. I really really really appreciate it!

A little internet research later has shown that this company “PS Circulation” is a major scam situation and some people have reported these nice “salesmen/women” getting aggressive immediately if they are turned down (kicking doors, swearing at people, etc). A lot of folks have reported concern that their house was being “cased” for potential future burglary. The most minor complaints ranged from “i never received the magazines” to complaints of not getting money back if they asked for it within the 10-day window (or whatever the fine print reads).

I didn’t get the officer’s name because I went back inside. But I really want to thank you, whoever you are!! Thanks for being an awesome police officer and saving a well-intentioned citizen from making a dumb mistake.

Cheers!

Editors Note: The Officer noted in this incident is SFPD Richmond Officer Ryan Mariano Star # 9

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On November 26, 2014 at 12:51 AM Officer Yee was working his regular patrol sector in the Richmond district when he had a request to respond to the Taraval district regarding a possible DUI. Officers in the Taraval district had located a male asleep at the wheel of a car at 19th and Taraval Street and believed the driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol. Officer Yee being a drug recognition expert responded to assist. The result of officer Yee’s investigation resulted in the male being booked at County jail on DUI charges.

November 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM Officer Wu was on foot patrol on Clement St. when he observed a vehicle make an illegal U-turn within a business district. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver regarding the violation. The driver in this incident told the officer that their License had been suspended for a prior violation and this was confirmed via a computer check. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On November 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM Officer Mulliken was on patrol in the area of Great Highway and Fulton Street when he observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver’s license had been expired for almost 2 years. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving with an expired license.

On November 28, 2014 at 2:26 AM Officer Rotschi was on patrol in the area of 4th and Clement when he observed a male known to him through multiple previous contacts. The officer was also aware they were active outstanding arrest warrants for the individual. The officer attempted to contact the male by identifying himself and requesting him to stop. The male attempted to flee the area on foot which resulted in a foot pursuit. The officer caught up with the male and after a brief struggle arrested him for the warrants and resisting arrest.

On November 28, 2014 at 10:15 PM Officer Faynshteyn was on patrol in the area of Spruce and Geary when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver has had a suspension on file for almost 2 years. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving on a suspended license.

On November 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM Officer Lok was on patrol in the area of 4th and Lake when he observed a vehicle driving in the area with illegal lights. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver had never been issued a license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

November 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM Officers responded to the 3500 block of Geary regarding a bank robbery. The staff of the bank stated that the male approached the teller station and said “give me all your money.” While the teller did not see a firearm, he believed that the suspect had a gun concealed in his right jacket pocket. The suspect fled from the scene in an unknown direction with the stolen cash. There were no injuries during this incident and the investigation continues…

On November 29, 2014 at 1:23 AM Officer Rotschi and officer Faynshteyn were on patrol in the area of Clement and 2nd Avenue when they observed a vehicle fail to stop for a flashing red light. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver regarding the violation. While they were talking to the driver they noticed the smell an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The officers initiated a DUI investigation even though the driver told them he had not been drinking that evening. The driver in this incident was cited for underage DUI while driving a vehicle.

On November 29, 2014 at 7 AM Officer Wu was on patrol in the area of Park Presidio and Fulton when he observed a vehicle doing 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that not only was the vehicle registration expired, the driver’s license had expired eight years ago. The driver was cited for speeding, expired registration and driving with an expired license.

On November 30, 2014 at 11:34 PM Officer Rotschi was on patrol in the area of 28th and Geary when he observed a vehicle with no rear lights activated. The officer observed the vehicle make a left-hand turn and saw that the vehicle also had no front lights activated. The officer initiated a traffic stop with the intention of issuing a citation for driving with no lights during darkness. The officer contacted the driver he immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The officer initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail for multiple violations including DUI.

On December 1st, 2014 at 5 PM Officers responded to the area of Great Highway and Balboa Street regarding a reported robbery. On arrival at the scene the officers spoke to the victim who stated that the incident had occurred in the parking lot of ocean beach. The victim stated he was placing items in the rear of his vehicle when he was approached from behind by an unknown suspect. The suspect told him “give me everything you’ve got. I’ve got a knife.” The victim handed over his wallet and cell phone to the suspect who fled on foot eastbound through the parking lot heading toward Sutro Heights Park. Officers conducted an immediate search of the area but were unable to locate the suspect. There were no injuries in this incident and the investigation continues…

On December 1st, 2014 at 5:07 PM Officer Stephens was on patrol in the area of Clement and 33rd Ave. when he observed a black Subaru with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop contacted the driver. The officer requested a copy of the driver’s license, insurance and registration. The driver was unable to provide current of proof insurance and a computer check revealed that the driver has had a suspended license for 5 yrs. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On December 1st, 2014 at 5:52 PM Officers Schor and Dal Porto responded to a report of a fight in the Westside housing development. As the officers arrived at the scene they observed two females attempting to leave the area. It was at this time the victim came running out and screamed the fleeing suspects. It was determined that the pregnant victim in this incident had also been “maced” by one of the suspects. The victim in this incident had minor scratches and swelling to her face, she was transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect in this incident after being identified was arrested and transported to County jail for booking.

On December 1st, 2014 at 6:13 PM Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of Presidio Avenue and Post Street when he observed a Mercedes driving with no headlights. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for both violations at the scene.

On December 2nd, 2014 at 1:45 AM Officer Yee responded to a call of an auto burglary in progress in the area of Willard North and McAllister Street. When the officers arrived at the scene they observed a male in the process of breaking into a vehicle. The officers detained the suspect who initially gave them a fake name. The officers later discovered that the name provided was that of a friend of the suspect. When the officers ran the suspect’s correct information they found active outstanding arrest warrants. The officers also detained a second female suspect who was reported to be acting as a lookout during this crime. During the course of their investigation not only did the officers discover multiple warrants for both suspects they also recovered burglary tools, narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and a container loaded with tear gas. The suspects were booked at County jail on burglary, narcotics, weapons and warrant charges.

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Nov-30-2014

Police Blotter – November 28, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 21, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On 11/22/2014, at 5:30 PM, Officers Finigan and Lai responded to the Wells Fargo Bank in Laurel Village regarding a robbery in progress. On arrival at the scene the officers were told that the suspect had fled in an unknown direction, multiple of the Richmond units searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect walked up to a bank teller and handed over a note demanding cash, the teller handed the suspect all of the money from inside the drawer. There were no injuries during this incident and the investigation continues…

On 11/22/2014, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Officer Lok was on patrol in the area of Geary and Palm Street when he observed a vehicle with a non-working rear light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted to driver regarding the violation. The driver was unable to produce a driver’s license upon request and a computer check revealed that he had never been issued one. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving with no license issued.

On 11/23/2014, at 1:58 AM, Officers Faynshteyn and Campbell responded to the Kaiser Hospital on Geary regarding an aggravated assault. The officers contacted the victim in this incident who was being treated for injuries to his face. The victim who is an “Uber” Driver picked up two males and a female in downtown area of San Francisco. They drove to the area of Polk and Sutter where a male and female exited the vehicle after paying their portion of the fare. The male requested that the remaining passenger be driven to the area of 18th and Clement in the Richmond district. While driving to the location the remaining passenger suddenly moved from the rear seat to the front seat and attacked the driver. The driver attempted to exit his vehicle but found he was restrained by the seatbelt which he was unable to open. After assaulting the driver the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. While interviewing the driver officer Faynshteyn realized the suspect in this incident fit the description of a person being detained by other officers at 18th and Clement regarding a separate incident. The victim in this incident sustained a broken nose and other facial injuries. Suspect was booked into County jail for aggravated assault charges.

On 11/24/2014, at 1:17 AM, Officers Yee and Rotschi responded to the area of third and Geary regarding a report of a battery at the location. Upon arrival at the scene the officers contacted San Francisco fire Department medics who were attempting to render aid to a male who was bleeding from the nose and had other the minor injuries. The male’s two intoxicated friends were also interfering with the medics and had to be moved back so the fire department could attempt to render aid. It should be noted that the male in this incident was extremely belligerent with the medics and refused to cooperate. Due to two of the subjects being highly intoxicated and unable to care for themselves, they were booked at the county jail for being drunk in public. Both individuals assaulted the transporting officers and attempted to damage department property while on their way to jail.

On 11/24/2014, at 7:27 PM, Officers Stevens and Flannery were conducting a vehicle burglary abatement patrol inside Golden Gate Park. When approaching Nancy Pelosi drive at the Academy of science they observed a male looking into parked vehicles in the area. The officers contacted the male and initiated a computer query on his information. The officers discovered that the male had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was booked into County jail without further incident.

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Nov-20-2014

Police Blotter – November 21, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 21, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

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(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On November 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM, Officers Rotschi and Liu were on patrol in the area of Clement and 18th Ave. when they saw a vehicle stopped at the intersection with no headlights activated. The officers completed a U-turn and started to follow the vehicle, at no time did the driver activate his lights prior to stop. When they asked the driver about driving with no headlights he replied “they come on automatically.” The driver told the officers that he was coming from a local bar and had only consumed a couple of drinks. The officers did notice a strong smell of alcohol and initiated a DUI investigation. The investigation resulted in the driver being booked at County jail for DUI and other various charges.

On 13 November 2014, at 10:54 PM, Officers Mitchinson and Cranna responded to a report of a fight with weapons on 35th Ave.. The officers contacted the suspect in this incident at the front gate which was locked and secured. The officers explained the reason for their response to the house and requested see the other person involved to check on their well-being. The suspect refused entry to the officers but with the help of the fire Department they gained entry. They contacted the suspect again who was holding onto a large dog by the collar. The officers were able to secure the dog and detain suspect. The officers found the victim who stated he had been “tased” multiple times by the suspect. The victim also alleged that the suspect suffered from paranoia as a result of smoking methamphetamine. The officers were able to seize a stun gun at the scene and suspect was booked in County jail for multiple violations.

On November 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM, Sgt. Williams was on patrol in the area of Spruce and Euclid observed a vehicle failed to stop at the limits line of an intersection with four-way stop. Officer Lai and Officer Tanaka responded to assist the sergeant and it was later discovered the driver was driving on a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

November 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM, Officers Mariano, Cranna and Mitchinson responded to the Safeway on the playa Street regarding an altercation between two males. When the officers arrived at the scene they were able to identify one male due to multiple previous contacts. With the help of the management staff at the Safeway, the officers were able to review video regarding this incident. The victim male in this incident refused to press charges on the other party. While conducting a records check on both individuals the officers determined there was an active arrest warrant for the suspect in this incident. The suspect was transported to County jail and booked without further incident.

On November 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM, Officers Finigan and Mariano were on foot patrol at the Music Concourse stage in Golden Gate Park. They observed a male sleeping on the stage in violation of the San Francisco Park Code. They contacted the male regarding the violation and a criminal records check revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested and transported to County jail without further incident.

On November 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM, Officer Gordon was on patrol in the area of 25th and Geary Boulevard when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Gordon stopped the vehicle and contacted to driver. A records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

November 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM, Officers Mariano and Finigan responded to the area Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park. Officer Mariano had an arrest warrant a subject who was well known to him from prior contacts. Both officers were able to arrest the suspect without incident and transported him to County jail for booking.

November 16 at 12:20 AM, Officer Yee was on patrol in the area of Park Presidio and Lake Street when he observed a vehicle with no front license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver of the vehicle was unable to produce a valid California license when requested by the officer. The driver was cited for driving with no license issued and the multitude of other violations.

On November 16, 2014 12:30 AM, Officer Yee officer responded to a request from officer Faynshteyn for assistance. Officer Faynshteyn had stopped the vehicle for driving with no headlights activated. Officer Faynshteyn could smell an odor of alcohol coming from vehicle. Both officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail.

On November 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM, Officer Wilberg responded to the area of Fulton and eighth Avenue on arrival at the scene he was flagged down by a white female who was holding her cell phone and crying. Officers Kawaguchi and Campbell also responded to assist. The victim stated while waiting for a Muni bus she was approached by a man holding a silver knife in his right hand. The suspect told the victim to “give me everything you have!” while grabbing the victim’s purse. The suspect fled to a waiting vehicle at the corner of 8th Avenue and Fulton. There were no injuries during this incident. While conducting his investigation into this incident the officer was approached by another victim was also robbed in the same area at the same time. This victim was also waiting for the Muni bus, but during the incident she was struck in the face by the suspect. This victim was transported to the hospital for further treatment. The investigation to both these incidents continues…

On November 17, 2014 at 6:24:00 PM, Officers Wong and Lai responded to the 400 block of Balboa regarding a male causing an altercation at a restaurant. They contacted the reporting party in this incident who told him that the male had left prior to their arrival. The reporting parity was able to point out the suspect sitting at a bus stop further down the block. The officers made contact with the suspect and the computer query revealed an outstanding $100,000 warrant. The male was transported and booked at County jail without further incident.

Of November 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM, Officers Ison and Goold were on patrol in the area of Fulton and 20th Ave. they observed a vehicle with a covered license plate and initiated a traffic stop. The officers contacted the driver and the computer check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for the above violations including driving on suspended license.

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