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SF records first homicide in more than a month

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Crime scene tape and a bag of refuse remained visible Monday outside the scene of a weekend homicide at 255 14th St. (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco recorded its first homicide in more than a month over the weekend when an unidentified person was killed near the northern border of the Mission District, according to police.

The person was found dead at a residence on 14th Street between South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street when police responded to a report of a possible homicide at around 1 p.m. Saturday.

Police have offered unusually scant details on the homicide as Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, could not confirm the age or sex of the victim pending an investigation by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

By Monday morning, it was business as usual on the 200 block of 14th Street. But neighborhood merchants said police had cordoned off the area over the weekend. Police tape and a bag of refuse still remained on the stoop outside 255 14th St.

Jim Tallarico, a Danville resident who works at the Audi dealership at the end of the block, said he saw authorities in white hazmat suits and face masks entering the residence over the weekend.

“I’m pretty sure it was brutal, whatever was in there,” Tallarico said. “I don’t know what the deal was but there was definitely something going on. Pretty heavy.”

Police confirmed that officers made an arrest in the homicide. Sheriff’s Department records show Lisa Gonzales, 47, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of murder Sunday. Public records show Gonzales lives at 255 14th St.

San Francisco has not seen a homicide since 21-year-old Raheem Gilbert was shot and killed on Thomas Avenue and Jennings Street in the Bayview on May 1. Police have yet to make an arrest in that case.

“It’s the first homicide in about a month and we’re doing everything we can to deal with violent crimes as well as the property crimes that we’ve seen a surge in,” Rueca said, referring to the rampant car break-ins in The City.

Crime data from April shows that violent crime is down 4 percent this year over 2017, while property crime is also down 12 percent.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com
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