5 arrested in connection with pair left bound-gagged on San Francisco street

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerTwo people were found bound and gagged Sunday night in the 900 block of Brussels Street in Visitacion Valley. They were taken to San Francisco General Hospital

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerTwo people were found bound and gagged Sunday night in the 900 block of Brussels Street in Visitacion Valley. They were taken to San Francisco General Hospital

Four women and a man have been arrested in connection with the brutal killing of 26-year-old Stephen Reid, who was found bound and gagged along with a teenage woman on a San Francisco street Sunday night.

Homicide investigators followed leads to a home in Hercules, where all the suspects were arrested, police Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday. The suspects were then brought to San Francisco’s Hall of Justice for questioning and
were subsequently booked into County Jail early Tuesday, Esparza said.

Maelene Lintz, 32, of San Francisco and Montrail Brackens, 21, of Oakland were charged with murder. Accessory-to-murder charges were given to Maryann Manalastas, 22, of Oakland and Tyler Miller, 19, and Heather Leach, 24, both of Hercules.

Esparza declined to discuss a motive for the vicious incident, citing an ongoing investigation. But he said the victims and suspects had “well-established relationships.” He would not discuss the nature of those relationships. Police did say the incident was not random.

The female victim, who suffered blunt-force trauma, remained in critical condition Tuesday, but is expected to survive, Esparza said. Reid also suffered blunt-force trauma, but was not shot.

“This type of crime is something you see in the movies,” Esparza said.

A passing motorist first spotted the victims about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police said. Reid and the unidentified teenager were bound and gagged, and they had been left in the 900 block of Brussels Street near Mansell Street.

Both were alive, Esparza said, but Reid died later at a hospital.

Neighbors were shaken by the crime, with one remarking Monday that, “It’s obvious this was a message. This was planned.”

The District Attorney’s Office said it will review the case, and it has 48 hours from the time of the suspects’ arrests to make a formal charging decision.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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