Man arrested in killing; S.F. adds 66th homicide

The San Francisco Police Department arrested a suspect in Friday’s homicide at a Polk Street apartment, as another homicide victim was discovered in The City’s southeast corner.

San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Maria Oropeza said a passer-by discovered a body at 1:45 a.m. Monday on the side of the road in the 600 block of Jamestown Avenue, at the edge of the parking lot of Monster Park. Medical personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Police have not officially reported a cause of death, but a preliminary police report indicated the victim was shot.

The victim has been identified, but the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the identification pending notification of the victim’s next of kin.

The homicide brings The City’s total to 66, following two homicides Friday.

<p>On Friday, police booked 22-year-old Alejandro Suarez, of San Francisco, on one homicide count for the death of 24-year-old Lewis Chan-Cen, also of San Francisco.

In that case, an unidentified tenant in an apartment building in the 1700 block of Polk Street called police to report the discovery of a body in the tenant’s apartment. Gittens said Friday that Suarez had suffered blunt-force trauma, but that was not necessarily the cause of death. He said other tenants in the building reported hearing an argument in the apartment.

On Monday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom called The City’s homicide rate the “most vexing” issue he has to deal with.

“I don’t sleep at night, including this morning,” Newsom said.

Last year at this time, The City had recorded 51 homicides.

amartin@examiner.com Staff writer Bonnie Eslinger contributed to this report.Bay Area NewsLocal

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