A log of daily events from the San Francisco Police Department
Richmond, most of Golden Gate Park
Armed mugger: On May 22, at 10:40 p.m. near 22nd Avenue and Anza, a female victim was walking home when a mugger approached her from behind. He grabbed the strap of her purse, causing the victim to fall to the ground. As she struggled to retain the purse, the mugger then pulled out a gun and pointed it at her. She let go of her purse and saw him flee in a vehicle double-parked nearby.
Flasher in denial: On May 21 at 10:50 a.m., a woman sitting on a park bench near the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park was approached by a male wearing only a navy blue peacoat, which he started unbuttoning. The woman accused him of being a flasher, because he had no pants, shoes or socks. The suspect said he was no such thing and walked away huffily.
Casing Geary: On May 18 at 12:10 a.m., plainclothes officers were patrolling the area of Geary and Presidio, due to an increase in early-morning burglaries. They observed a male suspect wandering in and out of doorways on Presidio Avenue, constantly looking around for pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The officers stopped the suspect at California and Lyon. They arrested him when they discovered he was on parole for burglary and possessed hammers, screwdrivers and a knife.
Windmill whack: A victim walking near Murphy’s Windmill in Golden Gate Park was attacked by two males on May 19 at 4:10 a.m. The robbers kicked him in the face, stole his wallet and fled. The victim was transported to S.F. General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
South of Market, China Basin, Embarcadero
Team effort: Officer Yick was advised by a Robbery Detail inspector that a known suspect from Berkeley was wanted for a Westfield Mall jewel theft. Upon investigation, Yick found the suspect was wanted on a no-bail parole warrant. Yick notified the Berkeley Parole Office at 12:33 p.m. May 22, leading to the suspect’s arrest.
Hallidie clearance: Five officers conducted a May 21 buy/bust narcotics operation in Hallidie Plaza on Market Street and made four felony arrests for sales of marijuana.
Arrest me: An intoxicated male was blocking the paths of citizens and aggressively panhandling on the 700 block of Market at 10 a.m. May 20. A patrol officer arrested him on an outstanding $5,000 warrant as well as for public intoxication.
14 busts: Southern Station officers teamed with the Fugitive Recovery Enforcement Team and state parole agents for an operation along the Sixth Street corridor that resulted in 14 felony arrests, of which 11 arrests were for parole violations.
Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill
No quitter: A woman on the 1500 block of Clay Street reported a man was banging on her front door at 1 p.m. May 15. When she refused to open, he began turning the doorknob, but eventually gave up and left. She observed him outside attempting to enter parked vehicles. The man was detained and found to be on parole for robbery. A call to the parole agent indicated there were insufficient grounds to hold him, so the suspect was released from Central Station. Thirty minutes later he was discovered across the street, “casing” cars in the public parking lot at 735 Vallejo. He was cited for trespassing and his parole agent was notified of this latest indiscretion.
Glen Park, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, St. Francis Wood
Gang extravaganza: Three officers on plainclothes patrol in the Sunnydale housing project encountered a large group of known gang members loitering in the area at 2:17 p.m. May 23 and concealing other gang members behind them. A number of the gang members began to walk away briskly. One suspect, known to be wanted on an outstanding warrant, immediately placed his hand in his waistband and took off running as the officers gave chase.
The suspect kept looking over his shoulder and clutching his waistband as he ran, and bystanders shouted out the position of the pursuers. Near 65 Santos the suspect slipped and fell. A loaded semiautomatic pistol fell out of his waistband onto the street. He still attempted to flee, but was exhausted and fell again. He was captured and the firearm was recovered.
Meanwhile a large group gathered and yelled taunts at the officers. The suspect, who lives on the 900 block of Ellsworth, was arrested on multiple charges including two no-bail felony warrants and a May 17 incident where he threatened to kill a 14-year-old girl on Brookdale while brandishing a firearm at her. While being held at Ingleside Station his mother arrived and attempted to barge into the station as she yelled from outside for her son not to talk to officers.
Counterfeit check: A man walked into a check cashing establishment on the 5100 block of Mission Street and tried to cash a forged, stolen check at 4:15 p.m. May 29. The cashier determined the check was bogus and called 911. Four officers sped to the scene as the suspect ran out and fled along Mission Street. They chased him down and arrested him for forgery, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and outstanding warrants for driving with a suspended license.