S.F. Police Blotter: Neighborhood crime log

A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department


Tenderloin, bordered by Geary, Market and Larkinstreets

Methadone murder: A Vacaville man allegedly looking to purchase methadone pills on the 100 block of Jones Street was stabbed to death at 10:24 p.m. June 2. The killer allegedly rode a bicycle, and the apparently random attack was taped on security video cameras.

Saw his stabber: Officers arrested a man who had stabbed one of his neighbors with a large knife June 4. The victim survived the attack and was able to identify his assailant to police.

Addicted to assault: On June 5, officers converged at the 1-100 block of Turk Street in response to reports of a man threatening people with a knife. They saw a man matching the description of the suspect walking away. Upon searching him, three opened folding knives were found in the waistband of the man’s pants and he was also discovered to be on parole for aggravated assault.

Serial rapist: A 20-year-old Oakland woman escaped the captor who had kidnapped, assaulted and sexually molested her. She called for help from a pay phone at 8:45 a.m. May 31.

A police team promptly surrounded the suspect’s apartment at 755 O’Farrell Street. He was arrested while attempting to flee out his window onto the fire escape, where officers awaited him. Follow-up investigation led to the suspect’s booking on a long list of sexual assault charges, including violation of federal parole for assaulting women taken across state lines with intent to force them into prostitution.


Glen Park, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, St. Francis Wood

Stuck on shrimp: A shoplifter attempted to steal $53 worth of packaged shrimp from a supermarket on the 3300 block of Mission Street at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday. But store security took him into custody outside the business and held him for police.

Asking for arrest: Officers observed an adult male riding his bicycle on the sidewalk of Cortland Street near Hilton at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday. He had no identification and was transported back to Ingleside Station, where the fingerprint machine revealed his identity as a wanted drug felon.

Shots fired: Numerous officers responded to Blythdale and Hahn streets on a report of shots fired at 9:24 p.m. Wednesday. Five juveniles took off running and were detained after a foot chase. One suspect had a shelter warrant and was taken to the appropriate location.


Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill

Stripper assault: Four men were arrested for assaulting pole dancers during a major fight inside a strip club on the 400 block of Broadway at 1:21 a.m. June 9.

Public lewdness: Five prostitution-related arrests, including four for lewd acts in public, were made between midnight and 3 a.m. June 11 in the area of Pine, Polk, Washington and Post streets.

ATM or else: A woman standing outside 200 California St. was approached by a suspect with bad teeth and a baseball cap at 3:30 p.m. June 7. He demanded money and she said she had none. So he grabbed her by the wrist and dragged her to an ATM where she withdrew money for him. He then fled on foot.

Bullets on display: A 24-year-old driver from Millbrae was stopped for a traffic violation at 10 p.m. June 6 on Broadway and the Embarcadero. He was seen to be wearing earrings made from empty bullet shell casings. A subsequent search and records check revealed that the suspect was on active parole from San Mateo County and was in possession or stolen identification and credit cards from a victim living nearby.

Bank robber nabbed: An alert security guard followed a man who had just robbed a bank on the 1-100 block of California Street at 5:34 p.m. June 7, pointing him out to police on Market Street. A female accomplice escaped on foot.


Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park

Shot by stranger: A passenger in a vehicle that had stopped on 43rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard at 1:20 a.m. June 10 was shot twice in the arm by an unknown stranger in a ski mask who came up to the side window and started shooting. The driver took the victim directly to San Francisco General Hospital.

Beaten at beach: Numerous officers raced to a strong-arm robbery in progress at the Ocean Beach Seawall near stairway 25 across from Beach Chalet at 4 p.m. June 8. The victim was beaten and kicked in the head and body by four suspects who took his wallet. Witnesses described the robbers’ getaway vehicle. Officers located the suspects and the vehicle near Spreckles Lake. The witnesses were able to identify the suspects and all four males were booked for robbery and aggravated assault.

Box cutter escape: A thief attempted to steal a Bluetooth wireless headset from a business on the 3200 block of Geary at 12:42 p.m. June 8. When confronted by the manager, he brandished a box cutter and backed out of the store, taking the headset with him.

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