S.F. Police Blotter: Neighborhood crime log

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


Mission district, Noe Valley

Strong-arm robbery: A pedestrian was accosted by two suspects who attempted to rob him on the quiet residential intersection of Church and 26th streets at 11:32 p.m. July 27. He managed to escape and described the attackers to police, who relayed the information throughout the precinct. Field officers detained two possible suspects, who were placed in a lineup and positively identified by the victim.

Teen crack sellers: A 16-year-old girl from Sacramento and a 15-year-old boy from Oakland were separately arrested on charges of possessing crack cocaine for sale along central Mission Street during the evening of July 27.

Strange shooting: Officers responding to the report of a shooting on 23rd Street and South Van Ness Avenue at 1:45 p.m. July 26 were informed that the victim and the shooter left together in the same vehicle. The suspect turned himself in at Ingleside Station about an hour later.


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

Shot at crowd: An argument broke out among two groups of young people on the 2600 block of Mason Street shortly after midnight July 28. An unknown suspect shot into the crowd, wounding a male in his hip and a female in her calf.

Bonus bust: A 6-foot-4-inch man weighing some 210 pounds and wearing dark clothes grabbed a woman’s purse from a bar counter on the 200 block of Columbus Avenue and ran off at 12:53 a.m. Tuesday. Officers located a suspect fitting the thief’s description on Trenton and Jackson streets. The victim could not identify him. However, the suspect was booked for a $10,000 outstanding criminal warrant and possession of suspected cocaine.


Cole Valley, Haight, Castro, Twin Peaks, Panhandle

Drive-by theft: A female walking on the east side of Belvedere Street from Frederick Street toward Waller Street was crossing at mid-block at 3:46 p.m. July 20. A blue Chevy Lumina drove up and the teen driver reached out to grab the purse hanging from the victim’s shoulder before stepping on the gas.

Crutch clobbering: An employee of the laundromat at 1663 Waller St. found two male vagrants loitering inside at 8:23 p.m. July 16. The employee informed them that loitering in the establishment was not allowed unless they were doing their laundry. The duo became irate and struck the employee repeatedly with their fists, forcing him out the front door. They took the employee’s own crutch and beat him savagely with it. Finally, a passing DPW worker intervened and chased the two assailants off. Several women in the laundry witnessed the attack and called the police. The suspects were located, identified by all witnesses and subsequently arrested and booked.

IPod robbery: A Muni bus rider had an iPod ripped from his grasp at 3:41 p.m. July 16. The suspect ran off the bus at Fulton and Parker streets and was chased by the victim for a block. The suspect then told the victim to back off or he would stab him. Officers were called and located the suspect hiding in the bushes in front of 355 Lyon St. He tried to run but was quickly tackled and placed under arrest. The stolen iPod was recovered.


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

Chase sequence: A company manager opened his office on the 3400 block of Cesar Chavez in preparation for return of his employees at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. After going to the bathroom, he came out to the hallway and observed a suspect holding his camera and cell phone. The manager told the man to stop, but instead was struck in the face and nearly knocked over. The manager chased the suspect onto a Muni bus and then off the bus, but lost sight of him on Folsom Street. Two female officers arrived on the scene and took the victim with them to search the area. They spotted the suspect at 26th and Folsom streets and confronted him there. The suspect was much larger than the officers and violently resisted arrest. The officers fought back but were dragged along the ground while striking him with their batons. They were able to get the suspect to the ground, and then arrested him with assistance of backup officers.


Bayview, Hunters Point

Strong-arm robbery: A janitor cleaning up outside the community center on the 200 block of Middlepoint Road was approached from behind by two males at 2:32 p.m. July 18. They pushed him to the ground without a word, began punching him, took a wallet from his pocket and ran off. Officerssearched the area to no avail.


Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park

Larcenous jogger: A woman heard the noise of someone running behind her as she walked south on 33rd Avenue toward Cabrillo Avenue at 4:41 p.m. July 30. She moved aside to let the runner pass, and her purse was grabbed. The mugger entered a red Blazer that escaped westward on Cabrillo.

Thief transit: A surfer locked and secured his vehicle at the north end of the Great Highway parking lot at 10:21 a.m. July 28, leaving a hide-a-key under the right front wheel well. The vehicle was gone when he returned from riding the waves. The surfer found his own vehicle at the south end of the Great Highway parking lot with the key considerately left on the floorboard. However, the thief did help himself to the victim’s wallet and cell phone.

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