S.F. Police Blotter: Neighborhood crime log

A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department.


Cole Valley, Haight, Castro, Twin Peaks, Panhandle

Oops, my LSD: Plainclothesmen were in the Hippie Hill area at 2 p.m. Aug. 5 when they noticed a bicyclist suddenly attempting to ride away. The police officers stopped him and ran his name into their computer, finding he was violating a stay-away order from that very area.

Upon arresting him, they searched his pockets and discovered a bag containing suspected LSD. “I forgot about that,” the suspect said.

Robbery bluff: A teenager walking past the corner of Pierce and Ellis streets at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 4 was accosted by a group of male juveniles who asked him what kind of iPod he had. He kept walking and one suspect demanded, “Give me your iPod,” while reaching into his waistband to indicate he had a gun. The victim never saw a gun so he ran home and called the police.

Coked-up driving: Officers responded to the report of a vehicle stuck in the grass near Fulton and Parker streets at 4:10 a.m. Aug. 4. They found three University of San Francisco students near the trapped car and also noted substantial damage to the lawn, vandalism worthy of a felony. The driver was arrested and searched, and a packet of cocaine was discovered in his possession.


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

Caught in the act: Officers captured a 47-year-old burglar inside a construction site on the 200 block of Post Street at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12. They found him in possession of burglar tools and observed several electric tools stacked nearby and ready to go.

Caught with loot: A bartender told passing officers about a purse snatch that had just occurred on Grant and Green streets at 2:30 a.m. Aug. 10. The officers broadcast the suspects’ description and soon observed them driving by. The vehicle was pulled over and a positive identification was made. Evidence stolen in the robbery was recovered. Also found were stolen identification and credit cards and eightcell phones. The three male suspects from Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo matched descriptions from other strong-arm robberies in the area.


Mission district, Noe Valley

Mug-shot payoff: During the 7 a.m. daily morning lineup Aug. 10, officers were shown a mug-shot photo of a fugitive with a $100,000 warrant for his arrest on charges of strangling a cabdriver with a cord and then cutting him with a knife. Shortly afterward, bicycle officers recognized the suspect near the BART station entrance at 16th and Mission streets and arrested him without incident.

Street robberies: A pedestrian on Mission and 18th streets ignored three thugs who accosted him at 11 p.m. Aug. 9 and asked if he wanted to buy cocaine. He was then grabbed from behind and put in a chokehold, punched and kicked repeatedly. He managed to break free and run into a nearby store. The storekeeper locked the door on the suspects. The three thugs promptly got another victim in a chokehold outside, kicking and punching him. They took his backpack and were going through the contents when police arrived.

Two suspects were arrested, but the third escaped and is still being sought. One arrested suspect had a long history of 27 felony arrests and 12 misdemeanor although he is only 21 years old.


Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park

Purse chase: A woman got out of a cab at 2:55 a.m. Aug. 14 on the 2700 block of Bush Street. A man ran up and grabbed her purse from her shoulder. The strap broke and suspect ran off, with the victim chasing him in an attempt to get her passport back. She caught up with the thief, who said he had already thrown away her purse because he only wanted the money. He walked away and the victim located her purse, which still contained the passport.

Serial stick-ups: A stickup man was busy robbing three pedestrians at gunpoint between 11 p.m. and midnight Aug. 13. The robberies took place at Balboa and Funston, Fulton at 44th Avenue, and Fulton at 28th Avenue. Investigation is ongoing.

Pot packager: Bicycle patrol officers in Golden Gate Park observed a familiar male transient in a homeless campsite off Speedway Meadow at 1:55 p.m. Aug. 13. A large quantity of marijuana was lying on a blanket on the ground, along with a batch of clear plastic baggies. He seemed in the process of drying and bagging the marijuana to sell it. The suspect first said the marijuana belonged to someone else, and then claimed he found it in a dumpster. He was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.


Bayview, Hunters Point

Cruelty to animals: A couple was standing with their dogs on the 700 block of 22nd Street at 12:10 p.m. Aug. 12. A man began to bang on windows of a local business with patrons inside. Then he stomped on one of the dog’s tails. The dog shrieked and the man continued walking. The police arrived on scene and searched the area with the dog owner. The man was found and arrested for felony cruelty to animals.


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

Husband abuse: An ex-wife who continued to live in the same premises with her ex-husband and current wife on the 400 block of Silver was served with an eviction order at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 13. She became enraged and attacked her ex-husband, injuring him with scratches and cuts. Responding officers arrested the ex-wife for felony assault.

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