Chris Bucchere has been cycling all his life and even taught classes in bicycle safety. That’s why, his defense attorney said Thursday, Bucchere would not have violated any road rules last year when he struck and killed a pedestrian in the Castro district.
But prosecutors countered that the San Franciscan’s extensive cycling history — along with a callous act right after the collision in which he mourned his helmet in an Internet forum — is further proof the 36-year-old software engineer should face a felony charge for the death of 71-year-old Sutchi Hui. Read More
The man accused of holding four hostages during a six-hour standoff in the Bayview district Wednesday morning following a botched robbery has been identified as William Carter, 22, of San Francisco.
Carter and three accomplices — Damien Thomas, 33; Joseph Hall, 30; and Daniel Contreras, 40 — were booked on multiple charges related to the armed heist at a permitted marijuana-growing operation in the 2100 block of Jennings Street, police said. Read More
UPDATE: Police announced Friday that suspect Daniel Ripper was arrested in this case. An investigation by Police Inspector John Keane of the special victims unit led to the bust at the Kean Hotel at Sixth and Mission streets. Keane called the arrest a team effort by SFPD.
In only the first few months of his life, a San Francisco infant was abandoned on a rain-soaked street after birth and born with cocaine in his system -- and now is the victim of a theft. Read More
Police are investigating two separate stabbings in the Mission district early Thursday.
At 2:19 a.m., officers were called to a fight in the street in the 2100 block of Mission Street, between 17th and 18th streets, where they found a 32-year-old man with stab wounds, police said.
The victim was transported to a hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, police said.
Just over an hour later, two suspects reportedly stabbed a 30-year-old man before fleeing. That victim is also expected to survive the attack. Read More
It took less than a double-dog dare Wednesday morning to end a six-hour standoff with a burglary suspect in the Bayview district.
Despite a massive deployment of police resources that included a SWAT team and crisis negotiators, it was the threat of a police canine that caused a man to surrender following a botched armed robbery in which hostages were taken.
Police shot an 18-year-old man in Hunters Point Tuesday after the teenager allegedly knocked an officer down while fleeing in a stolen BMW.
The suspect is expected to survive the shooting in George Court, the cul-de-sac where he found himself trapped by police at about 7 p.m.
Earlier, according to police, four officers who were patrolling the housing development spotted a BMW they believed had been recently carjacked. Read More
A man’s split-second decision to protect his family helped deter shotgun-toting robbers in the Sunset district Monday afternoon.
Just before 3 p.m., the 36-year-old man was reportedly washing a vehicle in his driveway in the 1600 block of 33rd Avenue when he was approached from behind by a teenager with a short-barrel shotgun and another suspect. The teen pointed the shotgun at the man and ordered him to stand up and lead them into his home, Officer Gordon Shyy said. Read More
The Police Department is investigating its policy of locking weapons in unattended vehicles after Saturday’s swiping of a semi-automatic rifle from an unmarked car.
A 17-year-old Lowell High School student was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver late Saturday night on Sloat Boulevard, a roadway that has been earmarked for safety improvements.
A “growling” woman with a knife was arrested Friday after raising the knife over her head in front of the Hall of Justice, according to police.
About 1:15 p.m., police said, an officer in full uniform was entering the courthouse at 850 Bryant St. when he encountered the 43-year-old woman, who had been walking out of the building.
After seeing the cop, she reportedly “raised the knife over her head and growled at the officer.”
She then allegedly ran past the cop and hid the knife in a flower pot. The woman was subsequently taken into custody, police said. Read More
This suspect was apparently weighed down by his criminal cravings.
A parolee was arrested Friday on suspicion of consuming $70 worth of food at a San Carlos sports bar and leaving without paying the bill, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Read More
The Guardian Angels are on a roll.
Twice last week, according to police, members of the beret-wearing troop that helps police fight crime in The City came to the aid of a robbery victim.
The latest rescue Wednesday in the Tenderloin resulted in an arrest, according to police.
About 7:20 p.m., Officer Gordon Shyy said, a group of Guardian Angels were patrolling the Tenderloin when they heard screaming. An iPhone had been swiped from a woman at Golden Gate Avenue and Market Street, Shyy said. Read More
Impersonating a Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot attendant has apparently become an addiction for George Anderson.
The 50-year-old serial con artist who’s made plenty of headlines for duping parkers was reportedly arrested again in February only four days after being released from jail for three previous offenses. Read More
The book was thrown right back at him.
On Tuesday, police said, a madman used a book as a weapon while trying to boot someone off a public computer at the San Francisco Main Library, leading to his arrest.
The victim told police he was using a computer when a man ordered him to stop. After the victim told the suspect he wasn’t finished, the suspect reportedly became furious, hurling a book at him and then a chair. The chair reportedly injured the victim’s arm. Read More
Police are cracking down on an increase in drug dealing at the end of the N-Judah light-rail line in the Outer Sunset district following complaints from residents.
In recent weeks, the Taraval Police Station has conducted nine operations to weed out a problem that has ebbed and flowed in the neighborhood over the years.
An operation two weeks ago led to the arrest of a man who tried to sell cocaine to a police officer, according to police. More of these types of stings are on the way, Sgt. Kevin Mannix said. Read More