Police ID two men arrested in Mission burglary where 4-year-old boy was found nearby

Police identified the two men arrested in a burglary in the Mission on Monday morning in which an unattended 4-year-old boy was discovered near the crime scene, Officer Albie Esparza said Tuesday.

Vernon Joseph, 45, of East Palo Alto and Samuel Hayter, 38, of San Francisco were arrested in connection with the burglary of a building that is under construction at Guerrero and 27th streets about 2:13 a.m., Esparza said.

After their arrest, neighbors pointed out to police that there was an unattended 4-year-old boy sitting in a car near the crime scene, Esparza said. The car was registered in the East Bay. Neighbors said neither the vehicle nor the boy were from the neighborhood, leading police to believe he was associated with the suspects.

Neighbors had reported the burglary after hearing several noises come out of the supposedly unoccupied building.

One of the suspects attempted to flee by hopping from rooftop to rooftop, but he ultimately injured himself. A U.S. Park Police dog eventually discovered him hiding near the crime scene. San Francisco police called for the Park Police dog because it was the only K-9 officer available at the time, Esparza said.

The second suspect reportedly ran out of the building right into police custody.

The boy was taken to Child Protective Services at San Francisco General Hospital and was not harmed during the incident, Esparza said.

Joseph was booked into County Jail on charges of resisting arrest, burglary, conspiracy and child endangerment. Hayter was booked on charges of burglary, conspiracy and child endangerment.

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