Three young men suspected in a Tuesday night armed robbery spree in San Francisco reportedly made the ill-advised decision to target a victim in Bernal Heights — where residents and police are aggressively addressing recent muggings.
Police used the GPS in a smartphone that had just been stolen from one of three victims on Bocana Street, near Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights, to locate a vehicle at Seventh and Harrison streets. The car fled as soon as cops approached, police at the Bayview Police Station said Wednesday. Read More
San Francisco police are hunting for a man who allegedly stabbed a woman in the head after she resisted his sexual advances in the Outer Richmond district earlier this month.
The suspect, 35-year-old Ricky Philsith (who’s also known as Ratanaphon Philsith), also choked the woman after she resisted. The incident occurred Jan. 7 in the 400 block of 39th Avenue, police said. Philsith is reportedly the woman’s ex-husband. Read More
He literally did not take the fall for this robbery.
A suspect who led police on a wild foot chase in the Mission district Monday threatened to jump off a rooftop, but it appears he was bluffing.
About 5:15 p.m., officers responded to a robbery call near 25th and Harrison streets and were flagged down by the victim at Alabama and 25th streets. The man was invited into the squad car to search for the robber. After a short drive on Alabama Street, 32-year-old parolee Cesar Castellanos was identified as the suspect, Officer Gordon Shyy said. Read More
The Bernal Heights community has rallied around a recent spate of brazen armed muggings near the Cortland Avenue corridor.
Sophie Fried, an employee at Sandbox Bakery, said police officers who regularly come into her shop recently warned her about the gun-toting bandits who are striking during the early evening hours on well-lit blocks.
The 25-year-old Fried both lives and works on Cortland Avenue, and she said a neighbor told her about a recent attack.
“It’s terrible,” Fried said. “I’m afraid to walk around at eight at night.” Read More
Illegal marijuana growers in San Carlos have been ordered to pay more than $27,000 to PG&E for bypassing their electricity meter, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Alexis Bennight, 59, John Breisch, 53, and Ryan Schofield, 34, all pleaded no contest in May to various charges related to two grow facilities. Read More
The man suspected of DUI who allegedly phoned the arresting officer 152 times – leaving 54 messages over three weeks– is back in custody after police arrested him again on charges of skipping out on the start of his jury trial.
Despite not showing up for court Jan. 22, 48-year-old unemployed cabdriver Khalil Jaser of Burlingame was apparently not hiding. The activity on his Twitter account continued and GPS information showed some of the recent posts were made from his hometown. Read More
Former 49ers offensive tackle Kwame Harris is facing up to nine years in prison on charges that he beat up his ex-boyfriend outside a Menlo Park restaurant last summer during an argument over soy sauce and underpants, prosecutors said.
On Monday, Harris appeared in court for a pretrial hearing on charges of felony domestic violence and assault causing great bodily injury in connection with the Aug. 21 incident at Su Hong restaurant. Read More
A convicted child molester’s sentencing was delayed by almost two weeks after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies brought him to the wrong courthouse.
About 9 a.m. Friday, prosecutors said, Judge Clifford Cretan was prepared to sentence 56-year-old Ronald Morales for possessing an “enormous cache” of child pornography, but deputies never arrived with him.
“The defendant was mistakenly transported to the South San Francisco courthouse and was not present for sentencing,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Read More
A cabdriver with a seeming penchant for electronics will spend a year behind bars after being sentenced for using fraudulent credit cards “every couple of weeks” at two San Francisco International Airport stores.
During at least a two-month period ending in September, 38-year-old Vipan Kumar Sharma of Hayward, who often picked up and dropped off fares at SFO, regularly purchased about $1,200 worth of electronics at Brookstone and InMotion Entertainment, prosecutors said Friday. Read More
Once upon a crime in San Francisco, an underage college student caught shoplifting a bottle of vodka from a liquor store ended up in the same courtroom with much more hardened criminals.
The shopkeeper who was robbed would see little in the way of justice or restitution. That’s because the judge, overwhelmed with more serious criminal cases, likely would send the teenage thief home with barely a warning. Read More
The gun-toting thugs suspected of holding up two family-run pharmacies in San Francisco last week were hunting for oxycodone pills, a prescription drug that fetches top dollar on the streets, police said Thursday.
The Police Department has released video surveillance footage of the broad-daylight stickups, hoping the public will help identify the bandits. Images and video can be seen at www.sanfranciscopolice.org. Read More
A violent robber reportedly pulled the trigger of a handgun while pointing it at a young man at an Excelsior district bus stop Wednesday night.
However, it turns out the gun was actually a water pistol. Read More
The man who allegedly avenged his DUI arrest in Brisbane last summer by calling the arresting officer 152 times — leaving 54 messages over three weeks — failed to show up to court Tuesday for the start of his jury trial.
However, Khalil Jaser, 48, of Burlingame appears to continue his activity on Twitter. Using an account under his name, tweets have threatened the Brisbane police officer; dozens of bizarre anti-Semitic rants have also been posted. Read More
This crook will have to get his crabs in jail.
A man who attempted to use a stolen credit card at the famous Joe’s Crab Shack in Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday was arrested after the manager became suspicious.
About 2:15 p.m., police said, officers arrived at the Jefferson Street eatery, where the manager pointed out the crook. It soon became apparent to the officers why the suspect would be hungry: He had apparently just been to the gym. Read More
Police are investigating a shooting outside a youth hip-hop party near Fisherman’s Wharf last weekend that injured a 15-year-old boy.
Just after midnight Sunday, police officers were reportedly called to Beach and Mason streets, where a youth event was letting out at the Longshoreman’s Memorial Building.
A fight between two groups of youths led to gunshots being fired, witnesses told police. After the 15-year-old was shot, his pals drove him to St. Francis Memorial Hospital, police Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday. His injuries were not life-threatening. Read More