Details emerge in case of bound, gagged pair in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe street where a motorist found Stephen Reid and an unidentified teenage girl bound and gagged after they were attacked by five people in a nearby Visitacion Valley home.

Before they were beaten, bound, gagged and left to die on a Visitacion Valley street Sunday night, a 26-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman had been viciously attacked inside a San Bruno Avenue home, according to a police report released Wednesday.

Investigators have yet to reveal a motive for the horrific invasion that led to the death of 26-year-old Stephen Reid and left the teenage woman in critical condition.

About 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police said, a passing motorist found Reid and the woman tied up and severely beaten in the 900 block of Brussels Street near Mansell Street. Reid, who also had been shot in the neck, died later at a hospital. The woman is expected to survive.

A criminal complaint released Wednesday revealed more details about what happened before the victims were found.

That night, four thugs entered a home at 3733 San Bruno Ave. where Reid and the woman had been. Two of the suspects, Montrail Brackens, 21, of Oakland and Vincent Bell, were armed with guns. The pair assaulted Reid and tied his hands behind his back, the complaint said.

Meanwhile, suspects Heather Leach, 24, of Hercules and Maryann Manalastas, 22, of Oakland reportedly assaulted the woman in a separate room. They allegedly gagged her with a sock and tied her up.

Both victims were then placed in a GMC Yukon, and that’s when Reid was shot in the neck. But it remains unclear who pulled the trigger.

The victims were reportedly then dumped about five blocks away.

On Monday, police said, the crew attempted to cover up the crime at a home on Pinnacle Court in Hercules. Leach wrote a list of items needed to destroy the evidence, such as gloves, bleach, a sharp razor, bags and towels, police said.

Bell ordered Manalastas and Tyler Miller, 19, of Hercules to clean the Yukon, which was parked in the garage of the home. The suspects ditched the blood-stained carpet and bagged up the foam padding that was underneath it.
Brackens, Bell and Leach have been charged with murder, conspiracy and assault, while Manalastas and Miller were charged with conspiracy.

During their arraignment Wednesday, the three charged with murder had their bails set at $2 million apiece. Manalastas’ bail was set at $500,000. Miller, who was out of custody after posting $15,000 bail, is expected to be arraigned today. A sixth suspect, Maelene Lintz, 32, of San Francisco, was released pending further investigation.

Records show that Lintz is the current occupant of the San Bruno Avenue home.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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