Stanislav Petrov, the man whose beating by two Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies in a San Francisco alley was caught on surveillance video, is being described as a “career criminal” with a “pattern of disregard for the law,” according to an FBI affidavit and complaint against him which was unsealed Friday.
According to Special Agent Jenny Feng, Petrov, 29, is associated with the Norteno gang, was on probation out of Santa Clara County for drug possession, had five prior felony convictions and a history of evading the police and drug dealing.
A joint FBI-SFPD raid April 1 nabbed Petrov outside of a Visitacion Valley home.
Milagro DeJesus Moraga, 24, was arrested along with Petrov in the Visitacion Valley raid. Both were charged with felony drug manufacturing and distribution as well as conspiracy. Petrov was additionally charged as a felon in possession of a firearm, and with possession of a firearm in the service of a drug crime.
The pair came into contact with the FBI through an unrelated cybercrime investigation March 8 when a federal search warrant was served on the 23 Teddy Ave. residence — the same location that was searched April 1— where Petrov was living. FBI agents found the pair in bed together. Inside the room agents also found drugs — methamphetamine, heroin and oxycodone — and a Ruger pistol.
According to Petrov’s court-appointed lawyer, William Osterhoudt, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office declined to charge him after his March 8 arrest because the FBI failed to provide information about the case to them.
Petrov had been in federal custody since his April 1 arrest but little was known about the charges against him since they were sealed.
Before his recent legal troubles, Petrov became known to the public through another run-in with the law.
On Nov. 12, 2015, Petrov led Alameda County sheriff’s deputies on a chase into San Francisco. After abandoning his car, Petrov was pursued onto Stevenson Street and tackled by two deputies, who were then caught beating Petrov on surveillance tape that was later released by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.
Deputies claimed in their reports that Petrov rammed one of their cars and that they feared for their lives because they thought he might pull a gun on them.
Petrov’s mother, Olga Petrov, has said that her son has been unfairly criminalized since his beating. In the meantime, he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Petrov’s next court appearance is set for April 18.