A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department.
Cole Valley, Haight, Castro, Twin Peaks, Panhandle
At least they asked first: A man sitting at the bus stop at Haight and Stanyan streets at 2:23 a.m. April 26 saw a dented white Toyota sedan pull over and two males get out. They asked him for some money. When he denied having any, they returned to the car and came back with a semiautomatic pistol. This time the victim handed over his wallet and the suspects drove off.
Taxi hit-and-run: Timothy Cole, who works as a waiter at a restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf, had his leg broken by a taxicab in the crosswalk at Columbus and Chestnut while walking home from work shortly before 2 a.m. on April 22. The taxi kept going, but the female passenger jumped out at the next corner and ran back to help Cole. Several other witnesses also came to his aid and offered to testify for him. However, they all dispersed when an ambulance transported the victim to a hospital before police could arrive. Now Cole is scheduled for surgery at S.F. General Hospital and asking for those witnesses to contact him at (415) 425-0890.
Mission district, Noe Valley
Watery weed farm: Officers, responding to a Fire Department call at 8:53 p.m. on April 20, arrived at 180 Capp St. to discover the top two floors of a three-story building soaked with water from an accidentally activated sprinkler system. Two waterlogged rooms were filled with marijuana plants being cultivated with industrial heat lamps, transformers and a sophisticated system of ventilation and irrigation. Additional rooms with windows and doors covered in thick plastic also housed more plants and hydroponic equipment. The building owners claimed they had rented the premises to an allegedly legitimate business. The lessee was identified and is being sought for questioning. Meanwhile, 61 plants were confiscated.
Aggravated assault/robbery: Numerous calls came in regarding six female juveniles beating and robbing two younger females near the Jamba Juice on Dolores and Hidalgo streets at 9:15 p.m. on April 27. The victims were attacked from behind, knocked to the ground, and punched and kicked while down. A cell phone and iPod were stolen. One victim hurt her ankle in an attempt to get away. The suspects were apprehended nearby and identified, with four juveniles booked into the Youth Guidance Center.
Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill
Grab and run: A crew putting on a free event in Union Square at 6 p.m. on April 24 told officers that three young males stole a purse plus the laptop computer that operated their sound system. The officers pursued and arrested two of the three teenage suspects and recovered the purse and several stolen items. One suspect was in possession of an illegal Taser stun gun. The third suspect escaped with the laptop.
Boiling water attack: Two female neighbors had a dispute in a common kitchen on the 1300 block of Stockton Street at 10 p.m. on April 21. One female was arrested for throwing a pot of boiling water onto the other woman’s face, neck and legs, sending her to the hospital for burn treatment.
Glen Park, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Saint Francis Wood
Ambush arrest: Patrol officers on Bernal Heights Boulevard and Anderson Street shortly after midnight on Tuesday spotted a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. A computer check revealed that the car had been taken in an armed carjacking from San Jose three hours earlier. One officer moved the patrol car out of sight while the other one hid behind a nearby tree. Soon a male and female came walking toward the stolen vehicle, and the male unlocked it with a remote-control device. The officers detained both persons, and the male spontaneously admitted he carjacked the vehicle and there was a gun in the console. A loaded pellet gun was retrieved and San Jose detectives were called. The suspect was turned over to the San Jose Police Department for booking on numerous felony charges.
South of Market, Embarcadero, China Basin
Corpse left behind: A call for officers to eject unwanted guests from a hotel room on Minna and Sixth at 8:30 p.m. on April 26 quickly became much more when the room’s sole remaining occupant was found to be deceased under suspicious circumstances. The Chief Medical Examiner Office’s on-call pathologist determined the death was most likely a homicide. The most recent registered occupant of the room had been seen leaving in the company of an adult male shortly before the body’s discovery.
Mugged-in-the-Box: Foot officers on the 800 block of Mission at 7:35 p.m. on April 28 noticed a distraught 13-year-old boy in front of Jack in the Box. He told then he was just beaten and robbed by a group of juveniles inside the restaurant while he waited in line. Three young assailants brazenly returned to the block and were pointed out by the victim. They tried to duck into the Bloomingdale’s department store, but were quickly detained inside and positively identified by the victim.