A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department.
South of Market, China Basin, Embarcadero
Robbed the wrong guy: After completing a mass narcotics sting at Hallidie Plaza, two plainclothes officers were walking back to their vehicle when accosted by a male in front of the Westfield Mall at 7:40 p.m. on May 21. He said, “What’s up?” and charged at one officer, bumping him in the chest. He then took a fighting stance and ordered, “Give me your money, bitch.” The officer responded by taking out his police star and service weapon, ordering the suspect to the ground. Instead, the suspect charged again and threw punches toward the officer’s face. A struggle ensued and the two officers arrested the would-be strong-arm robber for attempted robbery, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Crack for sale: While walking in the area of Sixth and Mission streets at 5:14 p.m. on May 20, Sgt. Yee noticed two males huddled together in a doorway. He saw one of the suspects hand the other a small rock of crack cocaine. After a brief struggle, Sgt. Yee arrested one suspect for possession of crack cocaine, but the other suspect fled.
Jackpot arrest: A detailed tip said an armed drug-firearm dealer from Oakland was driving in the South of Market area at 10:38 p.m. on May 4. Eight police officers participated in locating and stopping the vehicle. Although no gun was located, the officers seized a large quantity of marijuana, cocaine and more than $12,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency. The suspect was also driving a stolen car.
Financial district, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill
Freaky fires:Officers arrived at a 6 a.m. fire on May 17 on the 400 block of Broadway. They interviewed an 80-year-old white male who claimed he was accidentally left locked in the bathroom when a pizza restaurant closed at 3 a.m. He explained he deliberately set a fire so that firefighters would get him out. The pizzeria owner stated that money was missing from the register. The suspect replied that he had rescued the money from the fire and held up a wad of cash. The Fire Department said three separate fires had been set inside the restaurant. The suspect was booked for arson and burglary.
On May 20 at 5:30 p.m. the same suspect was taken from the 800 block of Filbert Street after telling officers he left all the gas burners going unlit on a stove. The suspect was taken to General Hospital as a danger to himself and others.
Stickup surge: Four separate street robberies took place in the 10 minutes prior to 10:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Pine, Powell, Bush and Sutter streets. Three East Bay men in their early 20s from Newark and Union City attacked lone pedestrians. Each time they demanded money and acted as if they were armed, striking the victims with their fists and stealing cash, credit cards, ID and cell phones. Eight officers coordinated an area search and discovered the suspects on foot near Union Square, where they were arrested with stolen property.
No quitter: A woman on the 1500 block of Clay Street reported a man was banging on her front door at 1 p.m. May 15. When she refused to open, he began turning the doorknob, but eventually gave up and left. She observed him outside attempting to enter parked vehicles. The man was detained and found to be on parole for robbery. A call to the parole agent indicated there were insufficient grounds to hold him, so the suspect was released from Central Station. Thirty minutes later he was discovered across the street, “casing” cars in the public parking lot at 735 Vallejo. He was cited for trespassing and his parole agent was notified of this latest indiscretion.
Glen Park, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, St. Francis Wood
Gang extravaganza: Three officers on plainclothes patrol in the Sunnydale housing project encountered a large group of known gang members loitering in the area at 2:17 p.m. May 23 and concealing other gang members behind them. A number of the gang members began to walk away briskly. One suspect, known to be wanted on an outstanding warrant, immediately placed his hand in his waistband and took off running as the officers gave chase.
The suspect kept looking over his shoulder and clutching his waistband as he ran, and bystanders shouted out the position of the pursuers. Near 65 Santos the suspect slipped and fell. A loaded semi-automatic pistol fell out of his waistband onto the street. He still attempted to flee, but was exhausted and fell again. He was captured and the firearm was recovered.
Meanwhile a large group gathered and yelled taunts at the officers. The suspect, who lives on the 900 block of Ellsworth, was arrested on multiple charges including two no-bail felony warrants and a May 17 incident where he threatened to kill a 14-year-old girl on Brookdale while brandishing a firearm at her. While being held at Ingleside Station his mother arrived and attempted to barge into the station as she yelled from outside for her son not to talk to officers.