Blanket scuffle at Occupy SF leads to arrest

An Occupy SF camper squabbling over a blanket early Thursday allegedly tried to choke a fellow protester and whipped out a giant knife on another, police said.

James Montenez, 37, who has no local address, was booked for battery following the chilly 2:45 a.m. clash in Justin Herman Plaza.

A 25-year-old victim told a police sergeant near the camp that he tried to calm a heated spat between Montenez and another person. Another witness said the fight was over a blanket.

The victim who intervened said Montenez became enraged, pushing and shoving him and trying to grab at his throat, police San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

The victim signed a citizen’s arrest against Montenez.

A second man, 23, who called himself the “unofficial peacekeeper” at Occupy SF, said Montenez whipped out a large knife when he tried to escort him from the camp.

Montenez “waved it in the air and threatened to stab the victim,” Andraychak said.

A third person reported finding a knife on the ground at the camp. It has a 7-inch fixed blade, Andraychak said. The peacekeeper declined to press charges.

While typically police would cite suspects in such a battery case, it appeared Montenez was a threat to public safety and so was booked into jail, Andraychak said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLaw and DisorderSan FranciscoSan Francisco Police

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Most Read