Meet the man police describe as one of San Francisco’s most violent village drunks.
Cops say they are fed up with repeated episodes of alcohol-fueled rage from 50-year-old Arturo Pleitez, who has been arrested in The City 38 times since 1979 on a laundry list of charges that includes assaulting or threatening officers, emergency crews and loved ones, among others, according to police records.
Pleitez has been arrested three times since Nov. 14 alone — twice on charges of battering a police officer.
His latest arrest came after an alleged rampage at a Mission district bar. The trouble started Dec. 6 when Pleitez showed up at The Attic, even though he had been banned from the venue for harassing female bartenders in the past. A bouncer called police when Pleitez began harassing customers and refused to leave, police records show.
When cops arrived, Pleitez was hiding in the bathroom, clutching a glass mug. He cussed out the officers and threatened to smack them with the mug, police said.
The slurring Pleitez continued to grapple with cops outside, and tried to spit on an officer before he kicked him in the face, police said. The officer did not require medical assistance.
Officer Brent Dawson eventually forced Pleitez into a patrol car, but that did not have him feeling any better about the ordeal. In Dawson’s report, he said he has dealt with a drunken Pleitez all too often during the past year. The report listed every arrest during the past 30 years.
In at least 13 of those cases, he was accused of assaulting police officers, the report said. Others were on charges of domestic violence, attacks with weapons and robbery.
Dawson said the report did not include infractions that may have occurred outside San Francisco.
“I was unable to review his California criminal history record because the file is too large for electronic review,” Dawson said in the report.
“He’s probably done some time [in jail], a year here or a year there,” Mission Police Station Capt. Greg Corrales said. “[The courts] don’t look at assaults on officers very seriously unless an officer is seriously injured.”
Nevertheless, Corrales said Pleitez’s antics at The Attic on Dec. 6 were a high-priority call.
“If somebody is going to be belligerent and combative with a police officer, you can imagine what they might do to a private citizen,” Corrales said.
Pleitez is currently in custody and could not be reached for comment. According to the Public Defender’s Office, an attorney has yet to be assigned to his case.
Wrong side of the law
Sample of charges racked up by Arturo Pleitez in the past 30-plus years:
1 Battery on emergency personnel
2 Domestic violence
8 Assault with deadly weapon, or force meant to produce great bodily injury
8 Other battery
13 Assaultive behavior on police officer
Note: Charges only include those filed in San Francisco since June 6, 1979