More than a year before three Haight Street young adults were arrested and charged with murder for killing a Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park and a hiker in Marin, one of them allegedly attacked a man and broke his nose near the corner of Haight and Clayton streets.
One of the suspects allegedly tried to use a Taser on the doorman trying to help.
The July 24 attack, locals claim, was one of many examples of how out of hand and aggressive many homeless young people have become and a reminder of how police took little action.
“All of a sudden, [Supervisor] London Breed wants more police force,” said Kundra Baidwan, a bartender at Zam Zam on Haight Street. “Why didn’t she do that a year ago? Why was there no action for a whole
Baidwan’s sentiment was echoed at a community meeting last week, held at Park Station, to address homeless issues in the area. The majority of those who attended connected the recent killings with out-of-control homeless street kids in the neighborhood, and Breed agreed.
Richie McAllister, 42, says he was attacked by one of the suspects now in custody outside of a Haight Street bar. A doorman working that night says another suspect tried to use a Taser on him.
The trio in question were arrested in Oregon earlier this month and have been charged with murder. Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, are all in custody in Marin County awaiting their next court date.
The incident, described by the doorman and McAllister, happened outside of Hobson’s Choice bar at the corner of Haight and Clayton streets last July.
It was just after midnight, and McAllister, a regular at Hobson’s Choice, went outside for a cigarette. He heard some hollering across the street, and then someone punched him and he woke up in an ambulance.
“Words were said, and the guy came and basically knocked him out,” said the doorman who did not want to give his name.
“He knocked him out cold, he was laying on the ground and I chased the kid down. The girl pulled out a Taser and tried to come at me and the guy came running at me with his skateboard.”
Later that night, the police interviewed McAllister for their report. McAllister suffered a concussion, a broken nose and had his eye swollen shut.
Until September, nothing more came of it, McAllister said.
Then the trio were arrested and their mugshots were released. McAllister saw their images in a Facebook post. “It hit me: This is the guy,” McAllister said of Lampley’s picture. Then he saw Alligood: “She was always at the corner.”
He added: “I was lucky to be alive. I could’ve been killed.”
The doorman, a friend of McAllister, looked at the photos and had the same thought.
“Richie posted it on Facebook, and I recognized the girl. I’ll never forget that face,” he said. “I said, ‘That’s the guy. I think that’s the guy.’ You’re lucky that guy didn’t pull a gun out on Haight Street and shoot you.”
The three suspects are being charged for two murders, one in Golden Gate Park and another on a trail in West Marin.
Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old Canadian woman who was backpacking across the West Coast for two weeks, was found dead on Oct. 3 near the Golden Gate Golf Course with blunt force trauma to her head.
Days later, the other victim, 67-year-old Steve Carter, was found shot to death beside his dog on a hiking trail west of Fairfax. Carter had been shot multiple times, and his dog had also been shot, but was not killed. The dog was found leashed to Carter’s dead body, and his car was missing.
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