S.F. Police Blotter: Neighborhood crime log

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


Mission district, Noe Valley

Taxi heist: A taxi driver drove three passengers from San Francisco to Oakland, arriving at 1:30 a.m. Aug. 3, where they stole his money at gunpoint. The very next night, he spotted them in the Mission district and alerted police, who quickly arrested them.

Periscope poison: A tenant on the 400 block of Treat Street drilled a hole in his ceiling and shoved through a 10-foot pipe. The upstairs neighbor saw the pipe coming through his floor at 12:30 a.m. Aug. 1, so he grabbed it and pulled it out of his floor. Suddenly he saw another pipe coming through the floor and noticed a strong smell of chemicals being dispersed through the hole. The suspect would not surrender to police, so the door was forced open and the suspect was arrested.

Aggravated assault on police: Two males were attempting to cash forged checks at Citibank, 444 Castro St., at 5:13 p.m. July 31. Officers responded and one suspect ran out of the bank and started fighting police until a backup unit arrived. During the violent struggle, one officer received a dislocated elbow and another suffered a back injury. Both officers were treated at a hospital and are on disability. The second suspect was gone before police arrived.


Bayview, Hunters Point

Drive-by shooting: A man was walking south on the 100 block of Brussels Street at 9:03 p.m. Aug. 1 when a slow-moving car passed him. A passenger fired two shots from a handgun. The victim was fortunately not hit, but a search of the area found no bullets or witnesses.

Armed robbery: A young woman was leaving a residence on Santa Fe and Silver avenues at 7:22 p.m. Aug. 1 when she saw a teenage male pull a ski mask over his head. The woman began to run. She looked back and saw that the masked man was now brandishing a gun. So she dropped her purse and continued to run. She saw the suspect grab the purse from the sidewalk and jump into a white Toyota Corolla. The victim was able to tell police a partial license plate number.


Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park

Drunken and dumb: A loud and very belligerent drunken man at Dog’s Bollix Bar, 408 Clement St., was told by the bartender to leave at 6 p.m. Aug. 5. The man told the bartender that if he were kicked out, he would throw a bar stool over the bar counter. The bartender thought it was just a joke. But the man threw a bar stool over the counter, breaking numerous liquor bottles, drinking glasses and some plate glass. Police arrived and arrested the man, who was still hanging around outside the bar.

Asking for arrest: A man wearing a beanie was driving a black Mercedes Benz convertible near 19th Avenue at about 2 a.m. Aug. 5, brandishing a silver handgun at everyone in sight. Responding to numerous frantic calls, police converged on the area and chased the speeding suspect out to 30th Avenue and Lawton Street. The officers then discovered that the gun was actually a realistic plastic air-gun replica. They also found a small glass vial with a white powder substance that appeared to be cocaine, sothey booked him on narcotics charges.


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

Back in action: A suspect arrested the week prior for parole violation was back on the streets and arrested in the act of robbery at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 2 on the 600 block of Pacific Street. Witnesses flagged down patrol officers to describe a male and female who pushed a 66-year-old Asian man to the ground and stole a gray messenger bag. Officers searched the area and saw the male suspect still holding the messenger bag. He was identified by the victim, who had sustained a small cut to his mouth.

Citizen’s arrest: Officers responded to the parking garage on the 400 block of Sutter where employees were holding a suspect for them. The garage staff saw the suspect enter the garage at 3:46 p.m. Aug. 1 and use tools to cut a lock on a bicycle that was chained to a post. They stopped him before he could get away with the bike and called police.


Tenderloin, bordered by Geary, Market and Larkin streets

Dope express: A lieutenant pulled over a car for a traffic violation Aug. 2 and walked back to radio for information about the driver’s license. The driver got out of his car and ran from Eddy Street to Leavenworth Street. The lieutenant chased him down and arrested him for a suspended license. In a search of the vehicle, officers found three pounds of hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms and a large amount of marijuana in the trunk. The suspect also had a large amount of money in his possession and was booked for transporting narcotics.

Screams for help: A woman was entering her apartment building on the 400 block of O’Farrell Street on July 29 when a male followed her inside toher apartment. He pushed her inside and locked the door. The panicked woman began to scream for help and a concerned neighbor called 911. Officers quickly arrived. The woman was still inside and screaming for help. The officers forced entry into the apartment and arrested the suspect for false imprisonment.

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