A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department.
Glen Park, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, St. Francis Wood
Romantic arson: Officers arrested a stalking ex-boyfriend for arson at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday after he allegedly left numerous threatening messages on his girlfriend’s answering machine and then set some of her clothes on fire in her driveway on the 600 block of Hearst Street.
Rage ramming: A drunken driver used his vehicle as a battering ram against a victim’s vehicle in the intersection of Ney and Congdon streets at 6 p.m. Wednesday and was arrested for felony assault, drunken driving and driving uninsured with a suspended license.
Robber decoyed: A robbery decoy team staked out the Balboa Park BART area at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday to stem the high number of street robberies. A suspect began stalking a decoy officer disguised as an old man. On the 500 block of Mt. Vernon, he grabbed money from the decoy officer and pushed him into a pole. Immediately arrested for robbery, the suspect had numerous felony arrests and is on probation until 2009 for felony assault.
Mission district, Noe Valley
Knifed on Van Ness: Two male strangers walked up to a man driving with a friend on 23rd Street and South Van Ness Avenue at 4:20 p.m. July 15, asking if he had a problem with them. Before the victim could respond, he was punched in the face and a knife was swung at him. Putting up his hand to protect himself, he suffered a 3-inch laceration to his hand, requiring stitching. The knife fell into the car as the victim sped away from his attackers.
Bat versus sword: Two drunken friends went to buy more alcohol in Frida Market, 1939 Mission St., at 9:15 p.m. July 14. One suspect got into an argument with the clerk and pulled a sword from underneath his coat. The clerk defended himself with a baseball bat but was cut severely in the forearm. However, he did manage to strike the suspect twice in the head. The victim’s wound was stitched and the suspect remains in an intensive care unit with head injuries.
Cokemobile: Officers walking a beat on the 800 block of Valencia observed a man in a car “cutting up” cocaine with a credit card on his center console at 11:42 p.m. July 13. When ordered from the vehicle, he instead started his car and bumped one officer in the legs with the vehicle while recklessly fleeing from the parking space. Luckily, the officer was uninjured and got the license number with his partner. The suspect was caught by Daly City police a short while later as he returned home. Cocaine residue was on the console. He was well-known to Daly City officers for his arrest record there. The new charges include felony assault on an officer.
Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill
Mugging assault: An 81-year-old Asian woman was mugged by a
6-foot male in Wayne Alley at 4 p.m. July 16. The woman was knocked to the ground and suffered possible broken ribs.
Citizen’s arrest: A posse of citizens held a San Anselmo man as an auto burglary suspect near 900 Hyde Street at 7:30 p.m. July 16. The suspect admitted breaking into the van but claimed he mistakenly thought he was entering his own similar-looking van. Stolen property was recovered, including a GPS device. The suspect was booked after being assessed by doctors at General Hospital.
Lost the fight: Responding to a report of men fighting on the street at Post and Hyde at 9:30 a.m. July 15, Officer Mary Godfrey questioned a suspect sitting on a doorstop. Search and investigation revealed the suspect had outstanding criminal warrants, a hammer in his pocket plus baggies and a vial of suspected crack cocaine.
Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park
Auto theft outbreak: Occupants of an unknown red Acura are implicated in two July 15 morning car thefts. At 7:40 a.m., a newspaper deliveryman near 42nd Avenue and Anza Street got out of his car, leaving his keys in the ignition with the engine running. He saw a red Acura stop next to his car, and a passenger got out and stole it. Then at 8:15 a.m., a man eating breakfast in a restaurant at 11th Avenue and Geary Boulevard looked out the window and observed his locked vehicle being driven out of the lot by a passenger from a red Acura.
Bike mugging: A bicyclist riding along a Golden Gate Park path near Conservatory Drive at 8:14 p.m. July 14 saw several male juveniles standing in front of him. As he got closer, one suspect reached out and punched him in the head, causing him to lose balance and fall. He was again punched in the head and another suspect grabbed his bike bag. The attackers then fled.
Hello, burglar: A resident of the 700 block of 45th Avenue was awakened at 1 a.m. July 14 by her bedroom door being opened and a flashlight illuminating her room. Thinking it was a family member, she asked what was needed. Suddenly the flashlight was turned off and the victim heard the front door being closed. She got up and alerted the rest of the household. It was discovered that both the iron front gate and front door had been pried open, but apparently nothing was taken.