SF Police Blotter

A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department


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

Not letting go: Officers responded to reports of a fight at Broadway and Kearny streets around 1:40 a.m. June 3. One suspect was detained and another was found face down on the sidewalk. After rolling the second man over to access his physical condition, Officer Martin Garay discovered that the man was semiconscious and holding a handgun. The officer attempted to take the weapon, but the suspect squeezed it tighter and refused to let go. Officers finally were able to wrest the gun, a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun with a live round in the chamber, from the man’s hand. Officers determined the man was a parolee with past gun-possession charges.

Packing at the prom: A female at a Berkeley High School prom held on the 600 block of California Street on June 2 was carrying a handgun in her coat pocket. The female told security officers who then told police that the handgun belonged to her date. The couple, from Oakland, admitted to carrying the gun for protection. They were taken to San Francisco County Jail for possession of a loaded, concealed .25-caliber firearm in public.

Metallic thud: Two men were standing on the corner of Bush and Stockton streets around 1:45 a.m. June 2. One of them shouted an expletive when he saw an officer who was responding to reports of a gun. The man then turned away and threw something from his belt area that landed with a metallic thud. Officers discovered that the man was wearing a holster. They located a loaded .25-caliber pistol the suspect had discarded and booked him on several felony gun charges. His friend was booked for public intoxication.


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

Home invasion: A man living on the 300 block of Lisbon Street, who was recently released from a drug-rehabilitation program, fired a number of gunshots into the doors and windows of an adjoining residence, where a large family resided, around 1:15 a.m. Friday.

The suspect then entered the residence and attempted to open doors inside the home while keeping innocent victims at bay. Neighbors called 911, and as officers arrived, they heard gunshots emanating from the residence. The officers set up a perimeter and broke down the door to capture the suspect, who emerged with his hands in the air.

Officers found a 9 mm pistol in his waistband, as well as a second pistol, a shotgun, ample ammunition, a knife, suspected narcotics and a sword in areas under control of the suspect. He was arrested on multiple counts of shooting into an inhabited dwelling, false imprisonment, burglary and malicious mischief. Earlier, the suspect had told a neighbor that a group of men with weapons were following him. The neighbor told police there were no men following the suspect.

No plates: A female was driving south on Arlington Street in a GMC with no front or rear license plates around 6:10 p.m. Thursday. Officer Dan Silver made a U-turn to conduct a traffic stop. The driver quickly changed course and began to pick up speed. Silver searched the area and located the driver, who was on probation in San Mateo and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license.

A search of the vehicle produced a plastic bag with greenish vegetable matter, various pills without prescriptions, a laptop computer that was reported stolen in 2005 and a large collection of paperwork containing sensitive, personal information that belonged to various individuals. The suspect was arrested.

Up in smoke: Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, two males were sitting in a parked vehicle on the 800 block of Moscow Street that was filled with smoke. Officers Wendy Bear and Vince Marlow spotted the vehicle and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officers made contact with the two males, and the driver admitted that it was marijuana. The officers found a bag of marijuana and an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. The two males were cited and released.


Pacific Heights, Marina, Japantown, Polk Gulch

Bury the evidence: Around 11:30 p.m. May 28, officers were on patrol in the area of Polk and Ellis streets when they saw a man concealing an item under his arm. One officer caught a glimpse of the handle of a weapon, and when the officers circled around, the man was found trying to bury the weapon. The officers detained the man and recovered a nearly 2-foot-long dagger. The man was arrested for the prohibited weapon and booked at Northern Police Station.

Tools: Two men were walking in the area of Franklin Street and Pacific Avenue around 6:40 a.m. May 27, carrying tools in a bag. Two officers on patrol in the vicinity recognized the men from past police-related incidents. Because of a large number of construction-related thefts and the officers’ knowledge of the men’s criminal histories, the officers detained the suspects.

After finding additional tools and other suspicious items, the officers went back to the area where the men had been walking from and found a burglarized garage. A camera in the garage confirmed that the men were responsible for the burglary. The officers arrested the men and booked them at Northern Police Station.


Cole Valley, Haight, Castro, Twin Peaks, Panhandle

Eavesdropper: About 7:20 p.m. May 27, a young lady was reading a book at a coffee shop on the 2000 block of Hayes Street. When she got up to leave, she left her purse behind. After returning home, she noticed her purse was missing and called the coffee shop to ask about the purse. An employee found the purse and advised the lady that it was still there. A female suspect noticed the actions of the employee and waited a few minutes before telling the employee she had called in about the purse and was in a hurry. Not thinking, the employee handed over the purse, and the suspect was gone.

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