S.F. Police Blotter: Neighborhood crime log

A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department


Mission district, Noe Valley

Seen while battering: Foot-patrol officers on the 3200 block of 24th Street saw a scuffle break out at 11:08 p.m. July 20 between two persons in front of a bar. One combatant was slammed into the cement, hitting the right side of his head, and then he did not move. The suspect was still standing over the victim with clenched fists in a combative stance. Officers ordered the suspect to cease and immediately called for an ambulance while administering aid to the victim. The suspect began to walk away and only stopped after being warned that force would be used to prevent him from fleeing the scene of a felony. The victim was transported to General Hospital for treatment of swelling to his face and eye and a lacerated lip. The suspect was arrested for felony battery.

Junk jackpot: Officers conducted a felony probation narcotics search of a residence on the 2500 block of Mission Street at 12:10 p.m. July 20. One person was standing in the kitchen and another felony narcotics probation offender was exiting a back room that turned out to contain a very large chunk of cocaine, a digital scale, clear plastic bags, baking soda, balance sheets, thousands of dollars in cash and cocaine salt used for mixing with other elements to cook the cocaine into crack.

Drive-by shooting: A white Toyota Camry was driving by a group of about seven males and females hanging out on the 1400 block of San Bruno Avenue at 7:58 p.m. July 17, when someone in the back seat leaned out the window with a gun and proceeded to fire eight shots at the group. Nobody was hit, and the case remains under investigation.


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

Shoplifting spree stopped: Sgt. Ed Garcia staked out stores around Union Square at noon on July 23 in an attempt to nab an active repeat shoplifter. The suspect arrived and proceeded to “grab and run” from a store on the 300 block of Powell Street before being apprehended. The cases will be bundled and sent to the district attorney for prosecution and a request for a stay-away order.

Acting suspicious: Officers spotted a suspicious individual lurking in doorways on a bicycle at Pacific Avenue and Beckett Street at 11:45 p.m. July 20. When he saw police, he took off in the opposite direction. Upon being stopped, he said, “I shouldn’t have run, because of the weed in my backpack.” A crack pipe was also taken from him at booking.


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

Robbers rounded up: A Muni 14-Mission bus rider was approached by three suspects who asked to use his cell phone at 9:46 p.m. July 23. He refused and left the bus at Mission and Valencia streets, but the three suspects followed him and demanded his phone. The main suspect attacked the victim, leaving his nose bleeding profusely while the trio fled with the phone. Officers responded and broadcast a full description of the attackers over police radio. One hour later, the possible two main suspects were spotted at Mission Street and Geneva Avenue. They were taken into custody, identified by the victim and the stolen cell phone was found on one of the suspects. The suspects, ages 18 and 17, were both on felony probation for robbery.

Burglar on camera: A security guard at the Schlage Lock Co. on the 2400 block of Bay Shore Boulevard observed a suspect on surveillance camera breaking a window and climbing into the building to steal copper pipe. Four officers responded and found the suspect hiding near a back entrance. He had been arrested five times previously for burglary and five times previously for auto theft.


Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park

Inconsistent mugger: A woman walking home on Pierce Street near Bush Street had her purse pulled from behind at 1:43 p.m. July 21. She held onto the purse until the mugger struck her in the face with a closed fist and fled. A Steiner Street merchant subsequently found the purse, and nothing had been taken.

Busted on backhoe: Two people were reported driving a backhoe down the middle of the street on Anza Street and 43rd Avenue at 3:24 a.m. July 19. Officers arrested the driver for being in possession of stolen property. The second suspect had fled prior to police arrival.


Tenderloin, bordered by Geary, Market and Larkin streets

Turnabout: A man flagged down Tenderloin officers Tuesday and claimed he had been punched in the face, pointing out the attacker at Leavenworth and Turk streets. The accused suspect told officers he didn’t hit the victim — who had pointed a gun at his face. The officers searched the self-proclaimed victim and found a loaded semiautomatic handgun in his waistband. He was booked for carrying a concealed and loaded firearm.

Grabbed at Glide: A man was stabbed in the lower chest on the 300 block of Ellis Street on July 23, receiving a wound approximately 8 inches long. Tenderloin officers rendered aid to the victim. Several witnesses said that the suspect had fled into nearby Glide Church, where officers made a search and found the suspect in the kitchen. The man was arrested and the 6-inch knife used in the attack was recovered as evidence.

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