Chilling video released by the San Francisco Police Department on Wednesday showed 46-year-old Elia Cruz walking with her arm around a man just moments before she was stabbed to death in her Tenderloin apartment.
Just before 2 a.m. Oct. 21, officers responded to a call about a disturbance in the 400 block of Eddy Street and found Cruz dead in her home, police said. Homicide investigators say they are still hunting for the killer — specifically, they are hoping to have a long chat with a man who was seen entering the apartment with Cruz just before her death. Read More
A sex-crazed slasher is being sought in connection with a late-night attack Monday on a woman who was simply walking home in the Tenderloin.
The woman, 33, was sliced across the cheek and stabbed in the arm after refusing the deranged stranger’s request for oral sex, police said. The victim reportedly did not know the suspect. The attack happened in the 400 block of Ellis Street, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
An employee at a Western Addition restaurant was viciously beaten late Sunday after battling a half-dozen punks who tried to steal a tip jar, police said. The 23-year-old man was reportedly hospitalized following the brawl with six young teens.About 11 p.m., police said, one of six suspects who mobbed into the eatery in the 1500 block of Fillmore Street tried to swipe the tip jar. When the employee attempted to intervene, the kid’s pals kicked and punched him and swiped his phone, police said. Read More
A squabble between two bumbling burglars over their stolen loot ultimately led to their arrests last week in South of Market, police said.On Wednesday, a sergeant from the Southern Police Station reported seeing two men arguing in the 900 block of Folsom Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets. When the men saw the cop, they reportedly dropped their loot and started to walk away. The sergeant was immediately suspicious, police said, and detained the men. Suddenly, neither man wanted the loot. Read More
A new San Francisco program to get the worst drunks off the streets and away from the bottle was deemed illegal last week by a California appeals court.
Mayor Ed Lee’s four-month-old program, known as “chronic inebriate court,” forced people into treatment if they had ignored dozens of “notice to appear” citations for infractions such as public drunkenness. Not only do these people need care, the mayor says, but they are a public nuisance and cost The City millions of dollars a year.
The reason why five gun-toting robbers stormed an Outer Richmond apartment that was reportedly packed full of college students early Thursday remains a mystery, police said, although the victims were able to shed some light on the incident.
Eight people in their 20s and 30s — including three women — were reportedly sleeping inside the apartment in the 500 block of 40th Avenue when the thugs stormed in about 3 a.m. Armed with two handguns and a knife, police said, the robbers busted down doors, woke up the victims and forced all of them into the living room. Read More
That was no ornament.
Last month, a horrified mother caught a child predator exposing himself to her 6-year-old daughter at a Christmas tree lot in Colma, prosecutors said.
The suspect, 67-year-old Allan Meaney, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges related to the alleged Dec. 1 incident. Read More
Police released more information Wednesday about the man accused of killing two people in the Mission district when he crashed a car while allegedly fleeing from police on New Year’s Day. Read More
Police released images Wednesday of a mugging suspect who last week threw a woman’s dog into the street — killing the pet — after it barked at him during a robbery in the Tenderloin.
Investigators said they hope that after seeing video surveillance footage taken after the heartless act Friday, someone will recognize and report the man who brutally killed the 12-year-old Pekingese named Roxie.
About 5 p.m. Friday, police said, Roxie’s owner pulled over in the first block of Leavenworth Street, near McAllister Street, to search for her cellphone. Read More
Two people, including a man walking into a corner store, were killed Tuesday morning after a driver who was fleeing police in the Mission district crashed his vehicle, police said.
About 7:45 a.m., police said, officers responded to reports of shots fired from a black Chevrolet Impala at the Valencia Gardens housing projects near 14th and Guerrero streets. Within minutes, police said, officers were able to stop a vehicle at 21st and Mission streets that matched the description.
But while police approached the Impala, it sped off, Officer Carlos Manfredi said. Read More
Three people were wounded — including a 12-year-old boy — in two separate shootings late Monday along San Francisco’s waterfront, where thousands of people gathered to ring in the new year.
A half-hour before midnight, police said, officers responding to reports of gunshots outside a restaurant near Pier 23 found a 12-year-old boy who had been struck in the foot by a bullet. A stray bullet also reportedly grazed the hip of an unidentified man. Neither the boy nor the man had life-threatening injuries, police said. Read More
After learning that the federal government had indicted him, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office dropped charges on Wednesday against a man who allegedly tried to ship 100 grams of cocaine and 3 kilos of methamphetamine to the Philippines.
Gabriel Uribe-Bautista of Redwood City was arrested in September after returning to a FedEx store to ask why the two packages he had sent Aug. 24 did not arrive at their destination. The charges the District Attorney’s Office would have brought are similar to those filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Thursday. Read More
An attempted cellphone robbery inside the Jack in the Box restaurant on Geary Street near Union Square was thwarted early Thursday after the courageous victim stood his ground, police said.
About 12:15 a.m., police said, thugs hungry for fast loot grabbed a 21-year-old man’s cellphone inside the eatery, which is located at the Mason Street intersection. Read More
He’s the Muni mediator.
Early Wednesday morning, police said, a bold Muni passenger intervened in a violent bus mugging by grabbing a stolen wallet from a woman who was robbing another woman. However, the unidentified good Samaritan apparently was not totally certain who was the robber and who was the victim. So he briefly halted the criminal act to find out.
“He told [the suspect] that he’s going to check the ID in the wallet to determine who it belonged to,” police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said Thursday. Read More
The hunt for a San Francisco juvenile hall escapee wearing “glittery” clothing continued Thursday with little success, according to police.
About 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, the flashy-clothed and unnamed fugitive was being transported to the San Francisco Youth Guidance Center after his extradition from San Bernardino, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. As the vehicle he was in pulled into the facility, the boy reportedly bolted.
Police have not said whether he was handcuffed. The California Extradition Service driver was the boy’s only escort, Shyy said. Read More