SF police still seeking SUV used in Richmond district hit-and-run

SF police still seeking SUV used in Richmond district hit-and-run

Where’s this murderous SUV?

San Francisco police are still searching for the sport utility vehicle they say was intentionally used to ram and critically injure a San Francisco war veteran on Thanksgiving.

Investigators now know the make and model of the car, and that it was a rental.

Finding the SUV will be important in SFPD’s case against Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel. The 22-year-old South San Francisco resident was arrested at his home on charges that he ran over Albert Bartal, 29, of San Francisco, with the SUV in a Richmond district gas station on Thanksgiving morning.

The two men had gotten into a fight in a nearby Jack in the Box at 11th and Geary around 2:45 a.m. Bartal left the eatery and walked two blocks to the Shell gas station when Esquivel allegedly rammed him with the SUV and fled. A police officer recognized Esquivel in video surveillance footage captured inside the Jack in the Box.

While police have a suspect in custody, they are asking for the public’s help in finding the SUV, a rental car that has not been returned to the owner. The rental is a black 2011 Mazda CX-7 with the California license plate 6SYV525. It likely has front end damage.

Inspectors believe the vehicle may have been taken to an automotive repair or auto body shop in either Vallejo or San Mateo County, where Esquivel has ties, police said.

Anyone with information about the case or the SUV is asked to contact the SFPD’s Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or send a text message to “Text-A-Tip” at TIP-411.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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