Taraval Station Community Meeting

June 13 | 6 pm –7 pm • Sunset Youth Services • 3918 Judah St. • taraval.org

Captain Denise FlahertyPark Merced Burglaries

In the month of April, the Taraval district had 39 incidents of burglary. Approximately half of the total number of these burglaries occurred around the Park Merced area. Most of the residents who have fallen victim to the burglaries are students who reside with roommates. The victims were leaving their front doors unlocked and leaving electronics (laptops and tablets) easily accessible in the living area. We are seeing a crime trend in which suspects are simply checking for locked doors. If the door is unlocked, the suspect makes entry into the residence and takes a quick scan of the living room area for electronics. Once the electronic is located, the suspect quickly leaves the residence undetected. In many of the cases, the victim will report they heard the front door open but believed that it was a roommate returning home. When they hear the door again, they then leave their bedroom area to discover that their electronics had been stolen.

If you see a suspect checking doors around your residence, please call 911 and give a full description of the suspect."

As of May 15th, there were 33 burglaries in the Taraval district, 20 were in the Park Merced area — 16 of the cases were hot prowl burglaries. Burglary suspects communicate with each other. Once word gets out of a target rich location, it is predictable that burglaries will increase. Due to that, most of the cases around Park Merced are unlawful entries vs. a forced entry, it is important that residents keep their doors locked at all times. When electronics are not in use, secure them in a location that is not easily accessible, as well as purses and backpacks. In roomate situations, I strongly recommend, that a note be left inside the door reminding each other to lock the door.

This is a priority for the officer's daily mission with an increase of uniform visibility. We need the help of the residents for their neighborhood's safety. We have also been working closely with the Park Merced management to get the word out to residents and to collect video evidence for the ongoing investigations. My staff has created flyers to alert residents with steps to take to prevent burglaries. These flyers will be handed out door-to-door. If you see a suspect checking doors around your residence, please call 911 and give a full description of the suspect.

Arrest made: Last week the diligence of the Taraval Neighborhood Team (TNT) and Taraval Station Investigations Team (SIT) paid off when they arrested one of the suspects responsible and recovered a stolen wallet at his residence. They also recovered a large amount of US currency and obtained a confession. I am incredibly proud of the officer's commitment to the community and their relentless efforts to identify and apprehend suspects. I am confident we will see more arrests in the near future.

Auto break-ins Another hot topic is theft from autos. In recent weeks, we have seen an increase along the lower Lincoln corridor, the Great Highway area and around SFSU. While apprehending suspects who break into cars can be challenging, the officers of Taraval Station in partnership with residents did exactly that! On May 18, 2017 residents called 911 to report a subject that was possibly "casing cars" in the area of 24th Ave and Ortega. The residents were able to supply a detailed description and officers quickly responded. As they began a thorough search of the area, Officer Carroll observed the described suspect attempting to shatter the window of a vehicle. He took the suspect into custody, who had a window punch and his hand was bloody. Fellow officers found 5 additional vehicles broken into in the immediate area with trace evidence. The suspect was booked on 5 counts of auto burglary and one count of attempted burglary. The residents and officers should be commended for this arrest. Please remember, do not to leave anything in your vehicle. Even for a few minutes, if you leave items visible in your vehicle there is a high likelihood you too will fall victim to these thieves.

Kevin Downs Congratulations to Officer Kevin Downs who received the distinct honor as the Officer of the Year by the Bay Area Law Enforcement Emerald Society. On May 20th, an awards banquet was held at the Irish Cultural Center. Officer Downs humbly accepted the award surrounded by his family, close friends and fellow officers. Words cannot express how proud and grateful we are to have him working by our side.

Tip Line and Interpreters In an effort to bridge the gap of communication with our monolingual residents, both Cantonese and Mandarin speaking, Taraval has established an anonymous tip line for the community. It is important, that all the members of the community have the ability to communicate with us. Certified interpreters are always available but we recognized that some members of the community are still hesitant to contact us and we wanted to make sure to offer a line of communication in which a resident can feel free to call us. The tip line is not monitored 24 hours a day and should not be used as a replacement for 911 or non-emergency 415.553.0123. Taraval Anonymous Tip Line 415.566.0115

As always, in closing, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any concerns, questions or suggestions you may have. Please contact me at Taraval Station 415.759.3100 or email me at Denise.flaherty@sfgov.org>

NOTE: This is an abridged version of the full message available at taraval.org

Monday / May 1

Battery

7:48 pm | Sunset Blvd & Kirkham St

The victim saw two suspects throwing pinecones into the street. When she said they should not throw things into the street because it could cause an accident, the female suspect yelled and punched her and a fight ensued. The male suspect broke up the fight and they fled.

Battery

9:44 pm | 8th Ave & Irving St

The victim said he was almost hit by a vehicle crossing the street. When he yelled at the driver, he tried to punch him, but he backed away so the driver pushed to the ground and drove away.

Homicide

12:07 pm | Sunset Blvd & Lawton St

A witness heard shots being fired and said the suspect's vehicle drove up to the victim's vehicle and fired at them, then fled south on Sunset Blvd. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Taraval Station: Denise.Flaherty@sfgov.org or Taraval station at 415-759-3100.

Tuesday / May 2

Traffic Collision

8:33 am | 400 Capitol Ave

The victim said she parked her car when another vehicle struck her mirror. She confronted the driver, who cut her with a knife. The suspect said she accidentally hit the victim's mirror but when came at her yelling, she felt intimated and afraid for the safety of her child and she cut the victim when she too close to her. The incident was investigated and documented.

Wednesday / May 3

Arson – Assault – Battery

8:48 am | Sloat Blvd & 47th Ave

The victim said he heard the noise of a lighter behind him and the suspect began yelling obscenities. A witness confirmed that the suspect was yelling obscenities at the rest of the bus and then tried to light the victim's pants on fire, so he yelled at the suspect and called the police as the suspect left the bus. Officers found the suspect, who kicked and spit on them. He was transported to county jail and was arrested.

Arson – Arrested

10:21 pm | 100 Ralston St

Responding to a report of a person that was cutting his own wrist, officers attempted to make contact at the apartment but there was no answer, but seeing smoke coming from inside the building, they broke down the door to see if any one was inside, but the situation as too intense in the apartment. SFFD extinguished the fire but was but found no one inside. Later, a SFFD unit saw the suspect sitting and contacted the SFPD who detained the suspect, who said he was depressed and set his apartment on fire. He was transported to SFGH for a mental evaluation and was later arrested.

Battery

8:30 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said her boyfriend he had not fed their toddler. During an argument, he grabbed the victim while she was holding on to their toddler and would not let her walk away. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Thursday / May 4

Robbery

9:54 am | 1800 Irving St

A SIT Inspector identified two out of the three suspects involved in a March 28th robbery of a business, with the threat of gun use. They were arrested.

Battery

9:31 am | 9th Ave & Irving St

A woman said she was cut off by a driver and responded with a rude gesture towards him. He pulled over and returned the gesture, got out of his car and slapped her. As he walked away, she pepper sprayed him.He confirmed, but denied slapping her. After investigation, both parties were cited.

Friday / May 5

Burglary – Possession of Burglary Tools

9:44 pm | 00 Grijalva Dr

The victim heard the doorbell ring non- stop for 10 minutes, but was not expecting visitors. When he heard glass breaking he saw the suspect reaching in to unlock the door. He yelled out and the suspect fled. Officers found the suspect several blocks away with a cordless drill, a pipe and an extended plastic grabber, and he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested.

Warrant Arrest – Traffic Violation

10:25 pm | Plymouth Ave & Broad St

When officers saw a man riding his bicycle on the sidewalk, they detained him and a check revealed two warrants for his arrest. A search also found methamphetamine on him. He was arrested.

Saturday / May 6

Arson

12:40 am | 1100 Ocean Ave

The suspect was seen lighting a newspaper stand on fire. A second witness also produced security videos showing him lighting the stand on fire. Officers found the suspect by his clothing and detained him. He was arrested.

Warrant Arrest

3:38 pm | 3300 Ortega St

A witness said a man had been loitering near a children's play area and that he may have a knife. Officers found the suspect and a check revealed two warrants for his arrest out of San Louis Obispo. No knife was found, but he was arrested.

Elder Abuse – Robbery – Vandalism

3:27 pm | 200 Gonzalez Dr

The victim said her son had been living with her sporadically for the last three years. When he asked for money to pay for medication for withdrawal, she gave him $20 he demanded more struggled for the her purse. He chased her when she broke away and hid in the bathroom, threatening to break down the door unless she gave him more money. She slipped an additional $40 under the door and he left.

Sunday/ May 7

Warrant Arrest – Possession of Narcotics

9:38 pm | 1900 20th Ave

Officers saw a vehicle pass a stop sign without attempting to stop. A traffic stop revealed a felony warrant for the driver's arrest. A search revealed possible cocaine and marijuana. He was arrested.

Trespassing

800 Judah St

A trespasser was reported causing a disruption in a church, yelling and screaming during mass. Officers located the suspect and escorted him out. He was cited.

Monday / May 8

Counterfeit Money – Defrauding

1:23 am | 100 Cambon Dr

A food delivery woman said she got no response after ringing a doorbell at the provided address. She called the number associated with the order, and the suspect walked up from the street, presented a $100 bill, which the victim exchanged for the food and change. When she looked closer the $100 was counterfeit.

Restraining Order – Delaying police officers duties

9:53 am | 15th Ave & Taraval St

The suspect, known from previous incidents and prohibited from being in possession of any type of stick, was aggressively swinging a mop around. Officers found him holding on to a metal pole. He got on a LRV, which the officer followed until it's next stop and arrested him.

Elder Abuse – Robbery

5:05 pm | 200 Gonzalez Dr

Previously, officers responded to a son who forced his mother to give him money, while she was hiding from him in a bathroom. When they found him, they questioned him about the previous incident, he gave an inconsistent statement. He was arrested.

Tuesday / May 9

Traffic Violation – Suspended Driver's License

10:11 am | Brotherhood Way & Arch St

An officer saw a vehicle traveling 54 in a 35 mph zone. The officer's check on the driver revealed that her license had been suspended. She was cited.

Driving While Intoxicated

12:46 am | Lake Merced Blvd & Brotherhood Way

>Oficers saw a vehicle that struck a light pole. A witness said the car was swerving between several lanes before hitting the pole. The driver submitted to a field sobriety test, which the driver failed and was arrested.

Battery Arrested

9:48 pm | La Playa St & Judah St

The victim said she and the suspect, her boyfriend, had an argument earlier and she left to call the police. Following her, the suspect locked the door and took her keys with him, then tried to take her phone, chasing after her, ripping her shirt grabbing it. When officers found him on an LRV, he said she hit and slapped him and he took phone in fear that she would lie about him. After further investigation, he was arrested.

Battery- Indecent Exposure

12:41 pm | Taraval St

Responding to a report that someone was standing in the park, completely nude, screaming, officers found the suspect was sitting in the grass near the children's park. A witness said she confronted the suspect, and the suspect yelled and spit at her. The suspect was cited.

Wednesday / May 10

Suspended Driver's License – Vehicle Violation

9:22 pm | Kirkham St & 24th Ave

When a car failed to stop at a stop sign, officers conducted a stop and a check revealed that he did not have a driver's license and two prior convictions for driving without a license. He was cited, the vehicle was towed.

Robbery

9:15 am | 100 Cambon Dr

The victim was in line at the store when his friend, the suspect, demanded money. He refused, but when he left the store, the suspect hit him several times with a golf club. The suspect grabbed his backpack to flee with it, but a witness confronted him. and he fled the area.

Reckless Driving – Speeding

9:29 pm |31st Ave/Quintara

Officers at a posted stop sign when a car driving 75 mph sped past and made a turn before crashing into a parked vehicle. The driver was cited.

Friday / May 12

Hit and Run

7:20 pm |Lincoln & 30th Ave

The victim gave the license number from the suspect's vehicle and a computer check his place of residence.Officers located the vehicle but were unsuccessful in making contact with the owner of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and held for hit and run.

Saturday / May 13

Robbery Residence

9:46 pm | 100 Chester Ave

The landlord was outside working on general maintenance when two suspects exited a vehicle, produced a gun and demanding money. He complied. The suspect kicked in the apartment door and searched for valuables before fleeing the area.

Assault – Threats

10:01 pm | 1500 Ocean Ave

The victim set off a silent alarm when the suspect entered the store despite a stay away order. She threw several items around and broke a bottle and held the glass shards while threatening to kill him. She fled when she found out police were on the way.

Monday / May 15

Car Jacking – Kidnapping – Assault

9:36 am | Alemany/ Ellsworth

The victim said he pulled over to make a phone call when the suspect entered his car, pointed a gun at him and demand he drive on the freeway. While driving, the suspect pulled the trigger on the gun, but it failed, the suspect proceeded to slash the his arm with a knife, then left the car, still on the freeway, and fled. The victim called the SFPD.

Thursday / May 18

Burglaries – Possession of Burglary Tools

12:55 am | Ortega St & 23rd Ave

On a report of suspicious activity near parked cars, responding officers found two cars with broken windows and the suspect, with a bleeding hand, as he attempted to hit another window. Stolen property and marijuana were found in his possession. More cars were found with broken windows, some with blood droplets and a blood smear. He was arrested.

Friday / May 19

Vehicle Burglary

1:01 pm | 2400 Great Hwy

The victim said she looked outside and observed several suspects behind her vehicle and noticed that the rear window of her vehicle was shattered and one suspect was reaching through it. A neighbor, returning home and stated saw the suspects and yelled until they fled. Officers found four subjects together, one matching the victim's description on a MUNI LRV. They stopped the LRV and detained the suspects, who were confirmed by the victim. Identified as juveniles, one was cited, three where admonished.

Saturday / May 20

Robbery – Threats – Warrant Arrest >

5:58 pm | Lincoln Way & Funston Ave

The bus driver said he picked up three suspects downtown and they were burning something on the bus, so he kicked them off the bus. The victim said she was at a bus stop when they took a book from her bag. Then another suspect pulled her hair. A bus pulled up and the driver intervened. He said that another group tried to get into the bus and kicked the door causing the window to break. The bus driver opened the door and all suspects fled. Officers approached the suspects and they fled. Officers were able to catch some of the suspects. Two suspects were arrested, one cited and three were admonished.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

June 2017

Captain Denise FlahertyRegarding the Recent Shooting

Tragically on Monday another life was lost to violence in the Taraval. While the violent shooting that occurred on Sunset Blvd. and Kirkham St. was not connected to the neighborhood, the incident alone is enough to scare residents and leave many with the question of “Are we safe?”. The members of Taraval are committed to the reduction of violence throughout the district and are mindful of community concerns surrounding violence. I have received many phone calls and emails regarding the incident and unfortunately because it is an ongoing homicide investigation, I am limited as to the information I can release. As the commanding officer, it’s incredibly important for me to be available to listen to community members. Please if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Denise.Flaherty@sfgov.org or Taraval station at 415-759-3100Violence,

Burglary and Homeless Top Concerns

The members of Taraval Station have been working very hard as we continue to see calls for services increased, violence in the OMI, growing concerns over burglaries (residential and auto) and quality of life issues for neighborhoods being impacted by the phomeless issue. As the commanding officer of Taraval Station, I receive many emails, and I am thankful to the residents who take the time to voice concerns. I take each one to heart. We know many are frustrated and we also share those frustrations. Communication with our community is one of our biggest assets as we strive to protect and serve the Taraval District.

I met with the management staff at Parkmerced to discuss the crime trends. The most common is burglary and many of the cases occur when a resident fails to lock their door. Burglars look for opportunities. Often suspects will check doors until they find one that is unlocked. Always secure you home both when you leave and when you are home. I often encourage residents to leave a note on the interior of the door as a reminder to lock the door. This can be incredibly helpful when multiple roommates are sharing a living space.

My next meeting was held later that evening at the Minnie & Lovie Ward Center in the OMI. The turnout was tremendous as our community desperately wants to reduce the incidents of violence. As Supervisor Safai facilitated the meeting, the community had the chance to hear from Chief Bill Scott, Asst. Chief Toney Chaplin and myself. For me, the greatest take-away from community meetings is the voices of the residents and discussing how our community can become stronger against violence.

The OMI-NIA is an active community group in the neighborhood. One of the best recommendations for identifying attainable solutions was from a community member recommending the formation of committees to focus on specific solutions and goals. Another great recommendation was the need to have planned events in which residents could share food and drink, are entertained by music and get a chance to really know each other as neighbors. I believe that is a great idea that can be followed through with a committee to organize an “Afternoon with Your Neighbor” event. The city has committed to putting cameras in neighborhoods to prevent crime. A committee can be formed to work in partnership with the city to see that project through.

SFSafe (Safety Awareness for Everyone) can also be utilized to form neighborhood watch groups. Maybe a few residents are willing to be block captains to organize the block where you reside. Also, I know the SFPD Community Engagement Division, under the leadership of Commander David Lazar would have many recommendations.

The next evening, I attended the Taraval Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB). On this evening, we continued to discuss issues being voiced across the district. The Taraval CPAB will also be hosting Officer Appreciation Day for Taraval members on May 18th.

Finally, I met with the board of the Outer Sunset Merchant’s Association. At the top of their concern was the impact of homelessness on the corridor and the visible presence of the uniformed officers. We gained understanding of each other’s views on crime and quality of life issues along the corridor.

CHINESE TARGETED

In the Taraval District we are still experiencing a crew of suspects who are targeting homes of Chinese residents. The most recent occurred on the 300 block of Garfield but the suspects were interrupted by the victim before they got into the home. This series of burglaries has occurred in the Taraval and Ingleside district and is currently being investigated by the SFPD Special Investigation’s Division. Two weeks ago, the SID team made a great arrest on the 300 block of Pacheco and we believe these suspects are connected to that active crew. An analysis of the burglaries revealed that 80% of the victims were from the Chinese community. We believe the suspects are looking for external indicators to identify possible victim locations.

If you are a Chinese resident, to lessen the likelihood of your home being targeted, consider these recommendations from our partners at SFSafe:

• Remove Asian or Chinese declarations, ornamental prints and displays, and religious alters should be placed away from street visibility.

• Large sums of money, fine jewelry and important documents such as passports, birth certificates, and green cards should be placed in a bank safety deposit box for safekeeping. Burglars and robbers always check the bed and dresser drawers for hidden valuables.

• Keep valuables out of sight and away from windows.

• Do not publicize your travel or discuss personal assets on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or WeChat.

• The suspects may be conducting surveillance on possible homes. In most incidents, the suspects were driving larger vehicles with paper plates (license plate that shows the dealers information instead of an actual California license number). If you see multiple people sitting in a car for long periods of time in your neighborhood, please call 911. If you have cameras at your residence, review the footage to see if subjects and a vehicle match this description. Please call Taraval Station at 415-759-3100 if you do.

I welcome community members to contact me directly with your concerns and questions. I can be reached at denise.flaherty@sfgov.org or call 415-759-3100.

Sunday / April 2

Battery

5:26 pm | Address Confidential

During a well being check the victim said he and the suspect argued about entering an assisted living home when the suspect rammed the victim with her walker. He responded by slapping the suspect. After further investigation, the suspect was cited.

Assault – Arrested

2:18 pm | 300 Arballo Dr

The victim said the suspect was angry because he could not find his stash of illegal drugs and accused her of stealing them. When she called the police he threw items at her. He was angry, he said, that she did not want to go out for a pizza and beer, but denied throwing anything. After further investigation, he was arrested.

Tue / April 4

Battery

12:33 pm | 2400 15th Ave

The victim said a housemate, barged into his bedroom when he didn’t respond to a knock (he was with his girlfriend). When he tried to push the suspect out he was punched in the face. The suspect was cited.

Suspended Driver’s License

9:20 am | West Portal Ave & Sloat Blvd

Officers saw a car impeding traffic by unloading several passengers in a lane of traffic. A computer check revealed a suspended license. The driver was cited.

Heroin – Methamphetamine Offenses

7:19 pm | 3525 Taraval St

Officers with a search warrant found heroin and methamphetamine in a suspect’s living room. A computer check found a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested.

Violation of Stay Away Order

1:51 am | 200 Monticello St

The victim said she was awakened in the middle of the night by noises near the front of her stairs. When she went to investigate, she found the subject of a stay-away order sleeping there. Officers arrested him after confirming the stay away order.

Vehicle Tampering – Burglary Tools

9:10 am | 1600 Great Hwy

The victim said he locked his vehicle, but when he returned and the roof’s cargo hauler was open and the items inside were moved. Then he saw the suspect was inside the rear seat of his vehicle he detained him, when the suspect attempted to flee. Officers found a window punch in the suspect’s pocket. He was cited.

Threats

9:18 pm | 200 Bright St

A mother said her daughter wanted money to purchase something but she did not have more than $10 to give her. The daughter became angry and put her hands around the mother’s neck, then picked up a knife and threatened to harm her. Officers arrived and arrested the daughter.

Battery – Warrant Arrest

6:10 pm | 200 Orizaba Ave

The victim said she and the suspect had an argument when the suspect grabbed herneck and slapped her. After further investigation and a computer that revealed an arrest warrant, the suspect was arrested.

Wednesday / April 5

Warrant – False Identification to Police

9:49 pm | 300 Victoria St

Investigating an outstanding warrants. The officers knocked on the door and a witness answered the door. The witness confirmed that the suspect was living at the residence and directed the officers to where the suspect was sitting inside the house. The officers attempted to identify the suspect through questioning, but the suspect lied multiple times about her name. After the suspect was positively identified, the suspect was arrested.

Thursday / April 6

Warrant Arrest / Resisting Officers Duties

3:46 pm | Ulloa St & West Portal Ave

Responding officers observed a suspect acting strangely while dancing in the middle of a street. Attempts were made to contact and identify the suspect but they were given false information. When her true identity was found, a computer search revealed outstanding warrants. She was arrested.

Friday / April 7

Vehicle Burglary – Probation Violation

2:52 am | 26th Ave & Lincoln Way

The victim said his dog barked, alerting him of of trouble, then he saw the suspect inside his car. When he confronted the suspect but the suspect, he started walking away. Officers found him with several items belonging to the victim. A check revealed he was on probation. He was arrested

Battery – Arrested

9:37 pm | Address confidential

Officers responded to a report of a couple in a fight. The suspect stated that he and the victim had been fighting all day when she took his phone from the table. He pushed her to get his phone back. He said she had been recording their discussion and he took the phone to see why it was being recorded. Then she grabbed the phone and ran but he caught her and pushed her before retrieving his phone. After investigation, she was arrested.

Brandishing

5:05 pm | Sloat Blv & 47th Ave

The victim said she was cut off by car and angrily honked her horn at it before making offensive gestures at the other driver. The other driver stopped next to her and pointed a firearm at her before driving off.

Saturday / April 8

Assault

3:57 pm | Taraval St & 18th Ave

The victim said suspect was visibly intoxicated and shattering a mirror, she picked up a broken piece of glass threatening to kill herself. But then she cut the victim on the forearm, poured cleaning fluid over the floor and threatened to burn down the house. After investigation, she was arrested.

Restraining Order Violation

11:16 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said she heard loud banging coming from her door and heard the suspect, who had a restraining order against him, calling her name. Responding officers located the suspect; a records check confirmed the order. He was arrested.

Domestic Violence

11:51 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said the suspect had stolen her money, physically beaten her and also starved her, and her son was also being beaten by the family members. The officers checked on her son but did not observe any unusual behavior or bruises. They advised the her to obtain a restraining order while they conducted an investigation

Sunday / April 9

Burglary

2:34 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Officers located and detained the suspect and investigated after a theft report. The witness, a store employee observed the suspect attempt to steal a drone. After a brief struggle the suspect fled but was located by the officers. The suspect was arrested.

Warrant Arrest

3:51 pm | La Playa St & Judah St

4 persons were drinking and creating a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers observed a person urinating on a vehicle and detained him. A records check found the suspect had 2 misdemeanor warrants. He was arrested.

Monday / April 10

Assault – Vandalism – Brandishing

11:06 pm | 700 Junipero Serra Blvd

The victim said during an argument, the suspect broke his tablet, causing another argument regarding replacement and the suspect threw an item at the victim and brandished a knife. The suspect said there was an argument but he thought he damaged his own tablet and not the victim’s. The suspect also admitted to throwing an item at the victim and he was arrested.

Tuesday / April 11

Stolen Vehicle – Possession

9:35 am | 100 Ramsell St

SFFD found a suspect slumped over the steering wheel. The SFFD Medic said when they moved him from the car into the ambulance they found numerous keys belonging to different vehicles. During the investigation, the suspect attempted to flee but officers detained him. Further investigation showed the car he was originally found in was stolen and a warrant. He was arrested.

Discharge of a Firearm

8:51 pm | 200 Brighton Ave

The victim said she heard several “pops,”then the sound of glass breaking, then found a hole in the living room window and also in one of the side walls. A witness also heard the noises and saw 4 suspects in the area. No injuries were reported.

Battery

11:19 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said she was helping the suspect change a light bulb when he complained that dust from the light bulb fell on his toothbrush and tooth paste and yelled at the her. She tried to walk away, but he grabbed her wrist in an attempt to push her out of the house. When she tried to call police he took her phone. Officers found the suspect and he was arrested.

Wednesday / April 12

Assault

2:38 pm | 19th Ave & Quintara St

The victim, who worked at 19th and Quintara, said an unknown suspect drove by his shop and threw glass marbles at him. They missed him but it happened twice before.

Theft

1:00 pm | 2800 Ocean Ave

A SIT sergeant investigating a package theft incident found security footage which matched to information and officer’s reports which revealed that the suspect, already in jail for an unrelated incident. An additional charge was added.

Thursday / April 13Friday

Battery

3:36 am | 1600 27th Ave

When her landlord’s son, pushed her and spit on her, the victim wanted to press charges. The incident appeared to be unsubstantiated and was documented.

Under the Influence – Resisting Police

11:35 pm | 300 West Portal Ave

The witness said a drunk woman was stumbling around the street and grabbing people, was also in the middle of the street trying to get into people’s cars and narrowly missed being hit by passing cars. She attempted to evade officers and refused to provide her identity. Her identity was determined at county jail.

Forged Prescription – Identity Theft

200 West Portal Ave | 1:40 pm

The witness said a woman unsuccessfully attempted to pass off a fake prescription at one location then came to the second store to try again. The witness filled the prescription but told the suspect to come back before calling the police. A computer check revealed arrests several times for the same offense. She was arrested.

Friday / April 14

Robbery

9:54 pm | 1800 Irving St

A sergeant investigating a robbery that had happened two weeks ago obtained information that led to the identification of one of the suspects. He was arrested.

Robbery

7:14 pm | Sunset Blvd & Ulloa St

The victim said he had his earphones on walking home and saw two suspects walking towards him. One of the suspects pulled a knife and demanding his property. He turned around but a third suspect tripped him. They kicked him, took his property and fled.

Shoplifting

4:50 pm | 3200 20th Ave

A sergeant investigating an earlier shoplifting, sent out photos of the suspect, which were recognized by another SFPD officer as a suspect already in jail for an unrelated crime. Additional charges were added.

Saturday / April 15

Vandalism – Resisting

9:05 pm | 100 Terrace Dr

The witness said she heard a loud argument and saw the suspect hitting numerous cars with a stick. When officers arrived the suspect ran off, throwing two large sticks to the ground. When questioned, he said he had been drinking at a baseball game earlier and argued with his father. He started hitting his vehicle with a stick, then said he blacked out and was unaware of anything else. Officers found at least 3 vehicles with shattered windows and headlights. He was arrested.

Trespassing

9:56 pm | 700 Gonzalez Dr

The witness, a security agent, said the suspect was masturbating in a public computer room. He was known to them and had been arrested previously for trespassing. The suspect was arrested.

Arson

9:50 pm | 2400 38th Ave

The witness said a roommate who move out a couple days ago returned earlier, and afterwards, he found a cardboard box close to the side of the house that was on fire.

Battery

9:32 pm | 1200 43rd Ave

The victim requested a ride from Uber but at their final location, the driver stopped and told her she still owed him money then he slapping her. She got out and called the police immediately. Officers determined that the original ride from Uber had been cancelled. She was uncertain if she entered a legitimate Uber vehicle.

Sunday / April 16

DUI – Traffic Violation

8:54 am | Junipero Serra Blvd

Seeing a vehicle blocking a lane of traffic and its driver hunched over behind the steering wheel with a witness knocking on the window and to wake him up, officers spoke to the driver and smelled a strong odor of an alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test and a breath test revealed he was over the limit. He was arrested.

Burglary

12:08 pm | 1200 11th Ave

The witness she saw the suspect walking across the street. He stopped in front of a garage door that was opened two to four inches. She saw him force the garage door up and slip inside. Officers arrived and found the suspect, who said he was visiting his girlfriend, which proved to be false. A computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested.

Robbery

11:46 pm | 100 Serrano Dr

Responding to a report of someone crying in the middle of the street, officers questioned the victim, who said he was walking when they were suddenly approached by three suspects. One suspect pulled a knife and said something unintelligible and pushed him to the ground and beat him. They stole his property and fled.

Brandishing

3:03 pm | Sloat Blvd & Clearfield Dr

The victim said she was driving when another car began driving very close to her while the driver screamed and waving his hands. He stopped in the middle of the intersection and approached her with a closed pocket knife. He made a comment and then drove away.

Battery

12:46 am | 4100 Moraga St

The victim said her brother-in-law called her father a derogatory name, then pushed her to the ground and she hit her head. After investigation, he was arrested.

Monday / April 17

Battery

8:43 pm | 1600 48th Ave

The slightly intoxicated victim with a black eye, said the suspect hit her. The suspect denied it. It was determined that during an argument, the suspect hit her twice. The suspect was arrested.

Battery

11:21 am | 1400 46th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a battery. The victim stated that she woke up when the suspect returned home. However, the victim realized that the suspect had taken her phone earlier and she did not hear the morning alarm. The victim angrily pushed the suspect and the suspect pushed her back. The suspect also pulled on the victim’s shirt and ripped it before throwing items around the house. The victim called the police while the suspect left the house.

Tuesday / April 18

Vandalism – Trespassing

3:20 pm | 500 Garfield St

Officers knew the reported suspect. He said he had used meth and became very paranoid, causing him to run into a nearby house. He had been arrested 8 times for the same offense. He was arrested.

Assault

9:05 am | 1200 23rd Ave

The victim saw the suspect’s dog defecating on the sidewalk nearby. When he reminded the owner to clean up after his dog, he picked up the dog feces, yelled and pushed the victim, who fell and bumped his head. The suspect threw the bag of feces on to the victim’s property and walked away.

Wednesday, April 19

Vandalism – Arson

9:40 pm | 100 Serrano Dr

At Taraval Station, the victim said her ex-roommates had purposely set fire to her living room, causing damages to the rug.

Robbery

11:36 am | 2100 Taraval St

At Taraval Station the victim said she was walking home when two suspects demanded money and threatened to shoot her unless she went home and got money for them. When she gave it to the suspects they demanded she also go to a store and charge gift cards using her credit card. They received the gift cards and then fled.

Thursday / April 20

Vehicle Violation – Suspended License

11:52 am | Lincoln Way & 9th Ave

Officers saw a vehicle double parked, impeding the traffic. When the driver saw the officers he got he drove away. A computer check showed the driver had been cited three times and his license was suspended. He was cited and towed.

Friday / April 21

Robbery

6:12 pm | 1800 Noriega St

The victim said the suspect entered the store asking for medication first. Then, demanded oxycodone specifically while brandishing a firearm. The victim gave the suspect several bottles and he fled.

Battery – Cited

12:17 pm | 39th Ave & Judah St

The victim had just finished legally parking his vehicle in a public spot when the suspect made a hasty u-turn and parked his vehicle in front of his, jumped out yelling and screaming that he stole his parking spot before head butting the victim. Officers attempted to speak with him but he was too angry and frustration to make a statement. After further investigation the suspect was cited.

Saturday / April 22

Battery – Arrested

11:25 am | 600 Holloway Ave

The victim was out with a friend when the suspect, an ex-girlfriend, decided to spend the night at his place. When she found he was out with someone else, she became upset and broke the door. She was still there when he came home and began to argue and flail her arms, hitting him in the face. She was arrested.

Assault

9:36 am | 19th Ave & Irving St

The victim said he was homeless and often spent time drinking with other homeless people in the area without incident. This time, however, the suspect hit his head with a hammer. The officers secured an ambulance for him but at the hospital, he refused treatment and walked away.

Trespassing

3:22pm | 100 Victoria St

Officers found the reported suspect, who said he was a trustee for the property. However, the victim said he was the current legal owner of the property but he and the suspect had been fighting for ownership in court. He presented paperwork indicating ownership and the suspect was cited.

Vandalism to Property

4:49 am | 4100 Irving St

In a reported burglary in progress, the victims said the suspect requested entry but pounded on the door so hard, the glass shattered, saying the “cartel was after him” while hitting the door. When the suspect was inside, they detained him and called the police. He was later arrested.

Battery – Cited

10:25 am

1400 9th Ave

At Taraval station the victim said he hired a contractor, the suspect, to fix his house, but when he found the locks had been changed, he angrily flung the suspect’s tools around. The suspect grabbed him by the neck and threw down. The suspect told officers he did not know who the victim was because he mainly spoke with his wife. After investigation, he was cited.

Sunday / April 23

Robbery

2:16 am | 100 Head St

The victim was leaving her house when the suspect approached and attempted to steal her purse. When she refused to let go of her purse, he pointed a gun at her, whereupon she released her purse and he fled.

Robbery

2:05 pm | 2500 Ocean Ave

The victim said the suspect was stealing merchandise off the shelves, but when confronted, he pushed the victim down and fled the store with the stolen items.

Robbery of a store

5:51 pm | 1800 Irving St

The victim said the suspect requested to buy a new iPhone for $60 When told that an it would cost more than $60 the suspect angrily yelled at the victim and snatched the iPhone out of the his hands, injuring him. Officers found the suspect, who was on probation for theft. He was arrested.

Monday / April 24

Threats

11:30 pm | 1300 46th Ave

A store employee said the suspect had tried steal items from the store, but he confronted him, retrieved the stolen items and he left. But the suspect came back with his hand in a pocket, mimicking a gun and threated to shoot him. Officers found him at a nearby bus stop. Store video confirmed the events, he was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence

9:40 pm | Caine St & Lakeview Ave

A driver told officers he over-estimated a wide turn and hit a parked car. He claimed he did not have any alcohol but had taken medication about 24 hours ago. Officers observed signs of intoxication and conducted a sobriety test which he failed. A blood draw confirmed and he was arrested.

Vandalism to Property

7:57 am | 2200 Taraval St

The witness said she saw the suspect break into a coin holder at an arcade game in the laundromat. When she heard coins falling on to the floor she saw the suspect pick them and leave. Officers found the suspect, with $47 in quarters but he claimed the game was broken before he started, and the quarters returned to him. Unable to determine ownership, the money was confiscated and he was given a property receipt. He was cited for damaging the machine.

Vehicle Burglary

4:08 am | 100 Gonzalez Dr

The victim returned to his car to retrieve something and saw the suspect sitting inside his car. The suspect fled when he approached. Officers found the suspect, in possession of several items which the witness identified as stolen property and the suspect was arrested.

Tuesday / April 25

Drinking in Public – Resisting

4:12 pm | 00 Cambon Dr

An intoxicated man was harassing passing pedestrians. Officers found him drinking from beer bottle. They ordered him to put down the bottle but he refused and was forcefully removed, whereupon he attempted to flee. A witness said she had seen him intoxicated on many times and he often used drugs. He was cited and transported to county jail for detox.

Battery

10:04 pm | Judah St & 44th Ave

The victim said she was on a MUNI when the suspect inappropriately touched her before leaving the train. When officers found him, the witness was unable to meet with them to complete the verification. He was identified and released.

Wednesday / April 26

Battery

10:06 am | 1600 40th Ave

The victim said she saw the suspect, who had assaulted her a few days ago, going into a nearby home. Officers found the suspect. He was cited.

Battery

8:18 am | Judah St & 44th Ave

The witness said the suspect, who committed a sexual battery the previous night, was back. Officers found the suspect, contacted the victim, who proceeded to positively identified the him, and he was cited.

Robbery

2:30 am | Grafton Ave & Ashton Ave

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The victim said he was walking when a vehicle passed by but suddenly made a u-turn. Two suspects got out and started hitting him and demanded his property. They took his property and fled the scene.

Thursday / April 27

Theft

1:33 am | Kirkham St & 33rd Ave

The victim said the suspect, an ex-boyfriend, was upset that she had not been spending time with him. She borrowed her roommate’s car and offered to give him a ride to get him away from her house. During the ride the suspect stole the her keys before fleeing the vehicle. Later that night, her vehicle was stolen.

Saturday / April 29

Battery

1:52 pm | 1200 Taraval St

The victim was with her son at McCoppin Playground when the suspect walked up to her and suddenly punched her head before walking away. Officers found him with the help of witnesses. He appeared paranoid, talking constantly to himself. He was cited and taken for a medical evaluation.

Vehicle Violation – No Driver’s License

9:19 am | Taraval St & Sunset Blvd

Officers saw a car make a left turn at an intersection where it was prohibited, conducted a traffic stop and a computer check revealed that the driver had no driver’s license. He was cited.

Battery

4:36 pm | 1200 23rd Ave

The victim said her daughter came home intoxicated and an argument ensued when tried to help her and she was punched by the suspect. The suspect said her mother invaded her privacy and wouldn’t leave the room until she was physically pushed out. After investigation, the suspect was cited.

Vehicle Collision – Hit And Run

11:29 pm | Font Blv & Lake Merced Blvd

Responding officers arrived on scene and determined that the vehicle had already fled the vicinity of the accident and that the pedestrian was deceased. This incident will be investigated by TCIU.

Sunday / April 30

Trespassing

11:36 am | 100 Seranno Dr

The property security officers said they detained the suspect, who was trespassing in a vacant unit. The suspect said he had permission from a friend that he could stay in the unit. However, the suspect had no knowledge of their friend’s last name. After further investigation, the suspect was cited.

Editor’s Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

May 2017

Captain Denise FlahertyMore Arrests for Burglary and Robbery

Members of Taraval Station and also the whole of SFPD continue to make significant arrests in incidents of burglary, theft from vehicles and robbery. On March 12, 2016, Sgt Jennifer Marino was conducting a follow up investigation on a burglary case. While in the area of the 2200 block of 45th Ave, she on viewed a suspect who was attempting to break into a residence.

Sgt. Marino notified headquarters of her observations and officers quickly responded to assist her with the arrest. The subject was taken into custody and booked on charges of attempted burglary. The investigation of this incident revealed this subject was on probation is San Francisco for burglary. Great job Sgt. Marino!

On March 10, two commercial burglaries occurred in the Taraval. One took place on the 1200 block of LaPlaya at the 76 gas station. The second, took place on the unit block of West Portal at McCarthy's Bar. Sgt Jennifer Marino was assigned to investigate both incidents. Once again, there was video evidence available which captured the image of the suspect. Sgt Marino issued a department wide crime alert to assist with her investigation. On March 13, 2017, the subject captured in those images was taken into custody by Bayview officers. This subject was also responsible for burglaries in the Bayview district and was arrested on those charges. Sgt Marino was subsequently notified of the arrest and will have the subject charged in connection to the 76 gas station and the McCarthy's Bar burglaries.

Early this morning, an off duty SFPD officer on viewed a subject who was breaking into a car on the 1400 block of 14th Ave. The officer quickly jumped into action and began a pursuit the subject on foot. Officers of Taraval station responded to the area and assisted the off duty officer with taking the subject into custody. At the time of the arrest, the subject had in possession numerous items that had been stolen out of the victim vehicle. The subject was arrested for burglary in the 2nd degree and possession of stolen property. The subject is currently on probation for narcotics offenses and a probation hold was placed on the subject.

These three examples of arrests are part of the ongoing effort the SFPD is putting forth in order to address the incidents of burglary and theft from vehicles. Each arrest is significant as we know the suspects of burglary, both home and auto, have committed several crimes in one week. These officers should all be commended for their dedication to protecting our community. As a commanding officer, I see examples like these every day throughout the city. I am incredibly proud of the hard work of the officers and for their relentless pursuit of suspects who victimize the citizens and visitors of San Francisco.

In recent months, residents of the Taraval and Ingleside have been victimized by a crew of residential burglary suspects. We have numerous ongoing investigations into these incidents. A department wide effort to identify and apprehend the suspects is now being coordinated through the SFPD Investigations Division. The investigations have revealed that 3-4 black male suspects, wearing all black clothing, are committing these burglaries. They are driving around in a minivan with paper plates and are incredibly quick when committing these burglaries. The suspects in these cases are using a crow bar to gain entry into a residence and are completing the burglaries within minutes. We ask that if you observe anyone matching this description and driving a minivan with paper plates, please call 911.

Shooting at 47th Ave

Yesterday evening Taraval officers responded to the area of 47th Ave and Vicente regarding calls of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a victim who sustained gunshot wounds. The initial report revealed 3 suspects approached the victim and a witness. During this time, one of the suspects produced a firearm, shooting the victim. Due to the quick response and actions of the officers, all suspects in the case were detained. The suspected shooter in this case has been booked for the shooting. This is an ongoing investigation and I am limited as to the information I can share. The officers of Taraval station are understanding of the stress violence can cause for a community and we are attentive to the needs and concerns of the residents. We value our partnership with the community and recognize the strong benefit of community feedback. I would encourage you to reach out to me at Taraval station for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. 415-759-3100

Please feel free to contact me directly at 415-759-3100 or email me at denise.flaherty@sfgov.org

Man Arrested in Taraval Kidnapping

On March 23, 2017, at approximately 5:00 pm, a 13 year old girl was walking on Forest Side Avenue. She saw a white male walking towards her, and he grabbed her and pushed her into his car, while making threats. She screamed, drawing the attention of several witnesses who came to her aid and freed her from the suspect's vehicle. He fled south on Forest Side Avenue

Taraval officers responded, and provided a description of the vehicle to Dispatch for broadcast. Special Victims Unit investigators responded to the scene and began their extensive investigation.

At approximately 10:30 pm, two Taraval officers spotted a vehicle that matched the description in the Taraval District and stopped the vehicle. The driver, 26 year-old San Francisco resident Lee Mason Eigl, was positively identified as the suspect involved in the kidnapping and was taken into custody without incident and was booked for kidnapping and assault with intent to commit rape on a person under 18 years old. Due to pending identification matters, the subject's photo has not been released.

The San Francisco Police Department thanks the good Samaritans who acted quickly to save the victim and provided the department with pertinent information which assisted in the suspect's arrest.

Although an arrest has been made, investigators are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the San Francisco Police anonymously at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.

Wednesday / March 1

Burglary – Arrested

11:56 am | Sloat Blvd & 22nd Ave

Awakened in the night by the sound of the suspect entering his room, the victim saw the suspect climb out through the kitchen window into the backyard before fleeing towards Stern Grove. Officers found the suspect inside the park. He was arrested.

Battery

4:09 pm | 3100 Noriega St

Holding an ice pack to the left side of her face, the victim said she was in a store when the suspect confronted her about an online feud and punched her three times in the face. Officers will use surveillance footage of the incident for further investigation.

Thursday / March 2

Robbery

11:06 pm | Ashton Ave & De Montfort Ave

The victim was walking on the sidewalk when two suspects pushed him towards the wall of a nearby house and searched him. He gave them $500 and they fled.

Concealed Weapon – Arrested

5:12 pm | 34th Ave & Sloat Blvd

Officers saw a suspect reported to have committed a 1st degree burglary, previously. Detaining the suspect, they found a sheath containing a knife sticking out of the suspect's shirt. Officers conducted an arrest search and seized another knife, a laptop, several loose checks, multiple bank cards and needles. He was arrested.

Friday / March 3

Threats

1:54 pm | 00 Fairfield Way

The victim received text messages from the mother of one of the children in her day care accusing her of committing sexual assault against her daughter and threatening her. A restraining order was issued.

Driving without a License – Cited

2:58 pm | 32nd Ave & Vicente St

Officers saw a car with expired registration tabs and asked for the suspect's license. He said he was never issued a driver's license. The juveniles were cited and released to their guardians.

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

7:42 am | 6th Ave & Moraga St

When an unfamiliar person, sitting on a doorstep looking through a bag was reported, officers checked her records. They found she had been arrested for burglary and there was an active warrant for her arrest. They also found bolt cutters in her purse and she was arrested.

Domestic Abuse – Arrested

8:36 pm | Address confidential

The victim said she and her husband had an argument he choked her. After confirmation of the incident by the victim's three children, he was arrested.

Saturday / March 4

DUI – Arrested

9:57 am | Arch St & Alemany Blvd

After a driver came nearly struck a pedestrian, officers found the suspect asleep inside his vehicle in spite of the loud music inside his car, with a bottle of alcohol. He had no driver's license, but a check revealed a suspended license. He refused a sobriety test, so he was transported to SF General Hospital for a blood test. He was arrested for DUI and suspended license.

investigation, the suspect was arrested.

No License Issued – Cited

11:46 am | Lincoln Way & 18th Ave

When officers saw a car without license plates, they stopped the driver and asked for his license. He did not have one. He was cited for driving without a license.

Threats – Domestic Violence – Arrested

8:27 am | Address confidential

The victim who first denied that there was any trouble and did not require any help, later called to report that her husband threatened her. After the suspect was placed under arrest for violent behavior and verbal abusiveness, officers obtained a restraining order for the victim.

Domestic Violence – Arrested

9:11 am | 200 Thrift St

The victim said her boyfriend arrived home drunk after an earlier argument, and physically abused her several times. A restraining order was granted against the suspect and he was arrested for domestic violence.

Battery

2:26 pm | 1100 Wawona St

When her son did not do his homework, the victim took away his electronics. He responded by throwing something which struck her on her head and caused bleeding. However, she declined to press charges.

Domestic Violence

9:43 am | Address Confidential

The victim told her boyfriend to leave and never return because he blamed her for damage to his laptop and punched her in the face multiple times. Later he reappeared, threatening to kill her and holding a hammer, unless she paid for the damages. Police granted her a restraining order.

Sunday / March 5

Suspended Driver's License

11:27 pm | 35th Ave & Qunitara St

Officers saw a car without headlights and a check on the driver revealed a suspended license and a history of driving without a license. He was cited and his vehicle towed.

Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia

7:36 pm | 25th Ave & Noriega St

When officers drove by a suspect with a long history of arrests for robbery and burglary, he immediately turned around and walked away before breaking out into a run, despite an order to stop. A search revealed numerous candies and a residue filled glass pipe, commonly used for methamphetamine. He was cited for the possession of narcotic paraphernalia and delaying officer's duties.

Robbery – Assault

8:17 pm | 1700 Great Hwy

The victim saw the suspect dumping a tv on the street and confronted him. He yelled at her and tried to punch. She took pictures of him with her phone but he grabbed it and threw it over a fence and fled. Officers found the suspect and he was arrested.

Robbery

8:18 pm | 200 Winston Ave

The victim walked out of McDonald's when a vehicle pulled up and the suspect exited the vehicle and pushed him, threatened him and simulating having a firearm, demanding his property. He complied and the suspect fled with the stolen property.

Robbery

5:18 pm | Capitol Ave & Montana St

The victim was walking home when three juvenile suspects approached him and attacked him. They went through the his pockets, took his money and fled.

Saturday / March 6

Battery – Annoying Phone Calls

10:42 am | 1800 Ocean Ave

A personal trainer said a gym member constantly phoned her, followed her around at work and hugged her. She admitted she had gone out with the suspect twice, but they were not dating. Officers detained and advised the suspect that his membership had been revoked due to his behavior.

Violation of Restraining Order

9:37 pm | 1100 Taraval St

Officers following a tip, observed a known suspect carrying a pole. They knew he had a restraining order prohibiting him from carrying a pole or stick. He was arrested.

Violation of Stay Away

7:49 pm | 300 Gonzalez Dr

The victim said her mother had a stay away order from her, but came to her door and started knocking and screaming. Officers detained the suspect and she was arrested.

Assault

5:56 pm | 500 John Muir Dr

The victim had just gotten off the bus when an Uber driver drove around him in an unsafe manner. He yelled and flipped him off and the driver yelled back. He walked up to the driver's window but the driver pepper sprayed his face and fled.

Battery

8:16 pm | 1100 Ocean Ave

The victim heard the doorbell ring and her ex was at the door. He continued to ring until she finally opened the door. He suddenly pushed her demanding money. She refused and he left. Officers detained the suspect and a computer check revealed a restraining order. He was arrested.

Tuesday / March 7

Possession of Burglary Tools – Theft

2:55 pm | 23rd Ave & Moraga St

A retired police lieutenant detained a juvenile suspect, but the witness said there were two suspects — both were observed looking into parked vehicles. One of the suspects grabbed a phone from a nearby victim and both suspects fled, but one suspect was detained. On probation for a previous robbery, he was cited.

Thursday / March 9

Elder Abuse

5:40 pm | Vernon St & Sargent St

A worker from Adult Protective Services told officers the victim claimed her attorney sexually assaulted her. However, the APS employee said she suffers from dementia and was unsure the claims were credible.

Domestic Abuse

11:48 pm | Address confidential

Officers found the suspect in pursuit of the victim and attempting to punch her. They detained him. She said she and the suspect argued about parking of their vehicle and she attempted to run away from him. She obtained a restraining order and he was arrested.

Friday / March 10

Robbery

4:56 pm | 500 Buckingham Way

The victim was in a parking lot by a movie theater when the suspect demanded his camera. He gave up his camera, though he did not see a gun. The suspect fled.

Threats

4:30 pm | 1800 34th Ave

The victim said his neighbor crossed the street and threatening him, yelling racial slurs and obscenities. Responding officers found the suspect and he was arrested.

Stalking – Shooting – Loaded Firearm

3:25 am | 00 Garfield St

A woman encountered her ex at a nightclub but did not speak to him. But she found him trespassing when she returned home. After an argument, he left when she threatened to call the police. When she heard several loud noises she suspected he was shooting into the house. When officers found the suspect they also found a loaded rifle. He was arrested.

Saturday / March 11

Robbery

12:10 pm | 100 Font Blvd

After having a single drink, the victim was dropped off by his apartment before suddenly loosing consciousness. When he woke up, he was missing his keys and money. He did not see who had hit him or stole his property.

Battery

7:12 am | 19th Ave & Eucalyptus Dr

Officers spoke to both parties reportedly fighting on a MUNI train. They admitted to a verbal argument with no physical assault. But witnesses said the suspect hit the victim several times. He was arrested.

Sunday / March 12

Burglary – Methamphetamine

3:49 pm | 2200 45th Ave

Officers found the suspect trying to force open a garage door. He was detained and a search found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a clear colored rock (suspected to be meth). He was arrested.

Monday / March 13

Battery

9:59 pm | Holloway Ave & Brighton Ave

A driver was trying to find a parking spot when the car in front of her stopped and the driver asked why she was following them. An argument ensued and the suspect spat and punched her and fled.

Battery

10:18 am | Moraga St & Sunset Blvd

A driver was about to make a right turn when the suspect made a left turn first. The victim rolled down the window when the suspect yelled back and spitin the victim's face before driving away.

Robbery

7:23 am | 19th Ave & Rossmoor Dr

The victim was asleep on a church stairway when he felt someone trying to steal his bag. He ran off but the victim gave chase. When he caught up the suspect brandished a knife, but he wrestled the knife away and detained the suspect.

Robbery

9:03 pm | 1400 23rd Ave

The victim got off the MUNI train when the suspect pointed a handgun at him, demanding his property and then fled.

Driving While Intoxicated – Arrested

11:51 pm | 19th Ave & Judah St

Responding to a vehicle collision into parked vehicles, officers found the driver and determined that he was intoxicated. Officers conducted a field sobriety test on the driver, which he failed. After further investigation, the driver was arrested.

Tuesday / March 14

Violation – Suspended Driver's License

9:58 pm | 19th Ave & Moraga St

Officers stopped a car making unsafe lane changes and cutting off other vehicles. A computer check revealed a suspended license, he was cited.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

April 2017

Captain's Message: Burglaries in the District

Many of you continue to reach out to me to voice your concerns regarding the recent increase in burglaries we have seen in the outer sunset. In my message posted on Friday the 24th, I discussed our efforts in addressing this crime trend which has impacted so many of you. Our efforts have included increased uniformed patrols, community outreach and undercover surveillance. Since President's Day weekend, we have utilized Taraval Station resources as well as our department resources to assist with the investigations.

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, members of the San Francisco Police Department Night Investigations Unit (NIU) arrested a known burglary suspect after witnessing him enter a home in the area of 37th and Taraval. On this evening, the suspect entered a residence using a crow bar through the front gate, on a house that was currently under construction. Shortly after exiting the residence, the suspect was taken in to custody. In this case, the suspect was on probation for burglary and had recently been arrested by the Taraval Neighborhood Team. Officers conducted a probation search of his residence for further evidence of burglaries he may have committed.

While this is not the suspect responsible for the President's Day burglary series, this is a great arrest against further burglaries in the area. Thank you to the members of NIU and Taraval station for your continued commitment to the prevention of burglaries as well as the identification and apprehension of burglary suspects. While this arrest is a good example of our efforts in the area, it does not mean our efforts will decrease. Our commitment is driven by public safety and ensuring the residents of the Taraval district are confident in our ability to protect the community we serve.

In the past week, I have received many emails and calls from residents asking how they can safe guard their homes against burglaries. I have listed a number of steps that you can take to harden your home as a possible target. Also, we work in partnership with SFSafe to address these same questions. SFSafe offers a complimentary evaluation of your home where they will outline areas that you can focus on in making your home less attractive to burglary suspects. For more information, please call me at Taraval station or visit their website at www.sfsafe.org.

During this past week of surveillance, officers have seen homes with garage doors and entry way gates that have been left open. Please ensure that you take the time to secure your garage doors and entry way gates as well as doors that lead into the garage area or to the in-law area. It is the practice of burglars to check residences for unlocked gates and garage doors. I also strongly encourage all of you to get to know your neighbors. Look out for each other. Your observations of your neighborhoods are extremely valuable. Please continue to share that information with us as we work in partnership with you.

I am thankful for the emails and calls I have received and welcome you to continue to reach out to me by calling Taraval Station at 415-759-3100 or email me directly at denise.flaherty@sfgov.org.

Great Team Work Results In Great Arrest

Wednesday, February 8 |1:30 pm a white pick-up truck was stolen from the area of 18th Ave. and Taraval St. That night, about 4:13 am, the suspects used the stolen truck to commit a burglary at an occupied home around the area of 1200 21st Avenue.

At about 5:36 am, they attempted to burglarize a parked vehicle on the 1700 block of Great Highway.

Taraval Special Investigative Team inspectors obtained videos and an email was sent out to the department to see if anyone recognized the suspect. Officer Schor, from Richmond Station, successfully identified one of the suspects. Sgt. Anderson located the stolen truck on 37th Ave at Rivera—the block of residence of the suspect Officer Schor identified earlier. Officer Ferraresi, who had contacts with knowledge of the suspect, identified the suspect. Sgt. Scott Hom and the Taraval TNT unit, Officer Gummo, Officer Dizon, Officer Biagini and Officer Montero conducted surveillance on the suspect's home, who was currently on probation. Everyone's efforts paid off and the suspect, who was still wearing the same clothing was taken into custody without incident. A search revealed the majority of property stolen during the hot prowl burglary. The victims identified and reclaimed their property.

Increase in Taraval District Burglaries

Investigators at Taraval Station have been seeing an increase of burglaries in the area around Lakeshore Ave, 9th Ave to 25th Ave and also around Lincoln Ave. Leads are being investigated.

Be a good neighbor; if you see someone going door to door and ringing door bells for no apparent reason, please call the police!

Although home burglaries may seem random in occurrence, there is an active selection in process. Simply, homes are chosen based on several factors such as an unoccupied home with easy access (unlocked windows, doors, etc), the greatest amount of cover (to hide their actives from neighbors or pedestrians), and also homes with the fastest and easiest escape routes.

Make your home look occupied and therefor unattractive to potential burglars. For a list of Dos and Don'ts go to Taraval.org

Wednesday • Feb 1

Driving While Intoxicated – Arrested

7:38 pm | Vicente St & 18th Ave

A driver reported that he was rear ended by another driver. He followed other driver and was hit again he reversed into his vehicle. After a sobriety test, he was arrested.

Robbery

7:59 pm | Judah St & 25th Ave

The victim said he was walking home when two suspects suddenly approached him and pushed him against a wall before taking his property. They fled with the stolen items.

Shoplifting

11:19 am | 600 Irving St

The victim said the suspect stole several pieces of clothing fled from the store. Officers located the suspect on a MUNI, however, the victim did not want to press charges and the suspect was released.

Thursday Feb 2

Robbery

3:17 pm | Judah St & 40th Ave

The victim said 5 juveniles approached him on a MUNI train, punched him and grabbed his backpack. They fled.

Recovered Vehicle – Methamphetamine

7:03 pm | 300 Faxon Ave

Patrol officers saw a double parked car and a computer check revealed it had been reported stolen. The suspects in the vehicle were detained despite several attempts to flee as they approached. A search revealed methamphetamine and marijuana on the driver and he was arrested.

False Impersonation – Theft

8:30 pm | 3200 20th Ave

A store employee notified police when a suspect attempted to upgrade a phone plan by purchasing a new cell phone with as compromised account. He was arrested.

Saturday, February 4

Theft

1:42 pm | 100 Vernon St

The victim said her son entered her room and took $400 from her wallet. She then heard her son run downstairs and saw him giving the currency to someone who was outside. The suspect was cited.

Dog Bite

2:56 pm | 1400 Portola Dr

The victim was walking on the sidewalk when a white dog suddenly bit him on the knee and pulled at his pants. He was unable to contact owner at their house. Officers followed up, the owner was cited.

Assault

2:06 pm | Judah St & 46th Ave

3 juveniles said they were throwing candy into the air and attempting to catch them in their mouths when one accidentally hit the suspect's shoulder. He reached for a knife and they fled. Officers located camera footage of the suspect following the victims and will continue to investigate the incident.

Sunday, February 5

Burglary

8:30 am | Taraval Station

Special Investigation Team Inspectors concluded their investigation into an earlier burglary case and located the suspect, who was already in jail on a separate case.

Robbery

5:47 pm | 3200 20th Ave

An employee reported a suspect returned to the same store he had attempted to detain for robbery several days ago because the suspect threatened employees with a knife. Officers successfully detained the suspect and he was arrested.

Concealed Weapon – Brandishing

2:29 pm | 3200 20th Ave

A driver who slowed down but failed to stop for a child stepping off the sidewalk into the street. He drove around the child but heard someone banging on his car. A suspect approached, reaching for a firearm. The suspect's friend said "not here" and they both left.

Monday, February 6

Battery – Threats

7:30 am | 700 Gonzalez Dr

The victim of a domestic violence said the suspect had been drinking and using drugs during a Super Bowl party earlier, returned home and yelled and threatened and choked her until she loss consciousness. She contacted police and he was arrested.

Wednesday, February 8

Assault – Arrested

10:45 pm | 1800 23rd Ave

The victim was unable to sleep because her neighbor was making too much noise. When she went upstairs to complain, he argued and pushed her. She fell to the ground hurting her back. He was arrested.

Robbery

9:01 pm | 3300 Kirkham St

The victim was walking on Kirkham St when the suspect approached her, pointed a gun and demanded her belongings. The suspect then fled in a waiting vehicle.

Robbery Attempted

12:18 am | 1300 25th Ave

The victim had just left her car when the suspect approached with a gun. He demanded her property, but she ran to the nearest houses, screaming, and rang several doorbells. He fled in a waiting vehicle.

Thursday, February 9

Battery

3:22 pm | 19th Ave & Ortega St

Officers responded to a report regarding a possible hate crime. The victim, a school facility member who was acting as a crossing guard for the students, reported that a vehicle drove by with a suspect who shot a glass ball at his arm while saying derogatory words at the victim. Officers were unsuccessful at locating the suspect.

Domestic Violence

2:00 am | Address Confidential

The victim was having dinner with his partner and his roommate when the partner and roommate began to argue. When he tried to intervene to diffuse the argument, his partner grabbed a plate and smashed it against his forehead. The suspect was arrested.

Theft

7:37 am | 200 San Benito Way

While on route to the scene, officers detained the described suspect and the car described in the auto boost report. The owner of the car showed video surveillance of the suspect rummaging through the car. He was the same person as the suspect in detention. He suspect was cited.

Battery – Domestic Violence

7:55 pm | 200 Sagamore St

The victim said he and the suspect had been having marital issues and an argument escalated The suspect began slapping and punching the victim while he was holding their child. After investigation, the suspect was determined to be the primary aggressor and was placed under arrest.

Friday, February 10

Restraining Order

8:53 pm | 800 Irving St

Despite a stay away order from a nearby business, a suspect refused to move from underneath a truck. Officers, after further investigation, arrested the suspect.

Burglary

5:02 pm | 37th Ave & Santiago St

Investigating a burglary, a data search on the suspect determined his address. During surveillance, he was observed entering his garage. A probation search revealed stolen items and the suspect was arrested.

Warrant Arrest

6:20 pm | 2300 24th Ave

The suspect requested a Vehicle Release form for his vehicle at the Taraval Police station. However, the Warrants Bureau confirmed a warrant and he was arrested.

Saturday, February 11

Battery

11:24 | Judah St & 42nd Ave

The victim said he was jogging when several dogs jumped on him. When he told the suspect to control his dogs, he replied that the dogs weren't his and told the victim to leave, moving uncomfortably close. When he pushed the suspect away, he punched him, so he.

Falsify Identification Card

8:00 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Officers were flagged down by a loss prevention employee. Loss prevention told the officers that the suspect had attempted to pick up a new cell phone with a false identification card. Officers identified the suspect and after further investigation, the suspect was cited.

Sunday, February 12

Battery

1:47pm | 9th Ave & Lincoln Way

A woman pushing a stroller attempted to circumvent a man lying on the sidewalk, when he suddenly kicked the stroller, then the victim in the knee and ran out into the the street. Officers arrested the suspect.

Monday, February 13

Robbery

9:35 pm | 1100 Ocean Ave

The victim was sitting at the back of a restaurant at the counter with his laptop when the suspect suddenly went behind the counter and grabbed it. The victim and a witness gave chase, but stopped when the suspect made a gesture indicating that he had a gun. The suspect fled with two other people who were in a waiting vehicle.

Tuesday, February 14

Robbery

1:01 am | 19th Ave & Kirkham St

At a bus stop, the victim was holding her cellphone with earphones on when the suspect got out of a car and walked towards her then snatched the cellphone out of her hand and ran back to his car and fled.

Battery

6:43 pm | Victoria St & Ocean Ave

The victim was waiting to catch the MUNI when the suspect came up to her and started yelling incoherent obscenities. She attempted to film the suspect, but he pushed her. Officers located the suspect and he was cited.

Battery

5:01 pm | 2500 Ocean Ave

The victim was working behind the counter when she saw the suspect stealing merchandise. She tried to stop the suspect, who pushed the victim and fled. Officers were unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

Wednesday, February 15

Shoplifting

1:00 pm | 1500 Sloat Blvd

A store manager told police an employee failed to deposit store proceeds into the business account. The employee claimed he lost the deposit but after questioning, admitted he had a drug problem and stole it. He was cited.

Indecent Exposure

5:45 pm | West Portal & Ulloa St

The victims saw the suspect with his genitals exposed as they walked on the sidewalk. The suspect did not make any advances or speak to the victims. They left and called the police.

Vehicle Theft - Stolen Property – Tools

7:00 am | 300 Kensington Way

The victim noticed that his car door was open and found that multiple items were missing. He drove around until he encountered the only other person on the street. Looking into the bag (after receiving permission) he saw his personal items and detained the suspect until officers arrived. They found burglary tools and the stolen items. The suspect was arrested.

Saturday, February 18

Battery

1:04 pm | 37th Ave & Ulloa St

Patrol officers were flagged down regarding a road rage incident with a mutual fight between the drivers. Both parties wanted to press charges. Both parties were cited.

Battery

3:28 pm | 800 Ulloa St

The victim saw the suspect swinging an emergency cone towards several females, who were screaming. He attempted to calm the suspect down but was also hit by the cone. The suspect then walked away.

Battery

4:56 pm | 1000 Quintara St

The victim said he was working when a suspect, in a passing vehicle, threw glass marbles at him.

Monday, February 20

Battery – Arrested

12:26 pm | Address confidential

The victim said she had been dating the suspect for weeks and he was forcing her into a sex trade. She admitted she had been drinking and using drugs and an argument ensued between her and the suspect over money and he hit her. The suspect denied the charges. After further investigation, he was arrested.

Robbery

5:55 pm | Plymouth Ave & Holloway Ave

TNT team and Sgt Hom developed information regarding a suspect who was involved in a previous incident of robbery. The officers located the suspect and he was subsequently arrested.

Tuesday, February 21

Robbery

8:26 pm | Judah St & 44th Ave

The victim was leaving the grocery store when four suspects, in a car followed him. A suspect got out, threatened the victim and he gave up his wallet. They fled.

Battery

4:22 pm | 19th Ave & Quintara St

The victim was walking home when three of her school mates approached her and an argument escalated. She was hit on the head before the suspects left.

Assault

10:34 pm | 100 Ramsell St

The victim said he was picking up their son when the suspect approached and hit the victim with the back handle of a cleaver. The suspect said she was angry because he hired a babysitter for their child rather than allow the child to stay with her. She was arrested.

Vehicle Collision – Drunk Driving

6:30 pm | Lakeview Ave & Plymouth Ave

A witness of a collision said the driver had passed out so he knocked on the window, waking the driver, who reversed his car hitting another car. Medical assistance determined he was drunk. He was cited.

Wednesday, February 22

Assault

2:35 pm | 15th Ave & Quintara St

The victim said a driver running a stop sign narrowly missed him and he yelled at the suspect, who responded by throwing an empty bottle at the victim, then attempted to hit the him with his vehicle several more times before leaving the area.

Burglary

1:11 pm | 2300 36th Ave

The victim said four suspects forced their way into her home and came into her bedroom to demand her valuables. She gave them her money but they imprisoned her in the bathroom while searching for more valuables. She left the bathroom when she heard no sound. There were signs of forced entry but officers did not find the suspects.

Battery

8:48 pm | 3200 20th Ave

The victim, a store employee, said the suspect was using a laptop that belonged to another customer. When he asked the suspect to stop using the laptop, the suspect threatened the victim, who evaded the suspect's attempts to punch him but the suspect spat in his face before fleeing the store. Officers documented video surveillance for further investigation.

Thursday, February 23

Attempted Robbery

7:25 pm | 00 Grijalva Dr

The victim was looking at his phone while sitting in his car when the suspect approached him pointing a firearm and demanding that the victim get out of his car. But he refused and the suspect fled with two other suspects.

Assault

9:07 am | Confidential

The victim was making breakfast when the suspect confronted her about missing money from his bank account. She denied knowledge of it. The suspect attempted to choke her. After further investigation, he was arrested.

Battery

8:58 pm | Address confidential

The victim said she had been dating the suspect for fourteen months and they lived with roommates. When she asked him to consider moving out he pushed her to the floor and hit her. Officers arrested the suspect.

Robbery

7:50 pm | 1100 Plymouth Ave

The victims said three suspects approached with a gun and demanded their property. A victim gave his property to one of the suspects and all three fled.

Friday, February 24

Assault

8:17 pm | 1100 Ocean Ave

The victim said the suspect walked into his work and choked him and held a pair of scissors against him. Officers could not find the suspect.

Elder Abuse

9:28 pm | Address confidential

The mother of the suspect, was watching her grandson play with toys when the suspect pushed her and swore at her, picked up her grandson frightening her because the suspect was intoxicated. Officers arrested the suspect.

Saturday, February 25

Battery

3:02pm | Address confidential

The victim said the suspect continued to call her mother names in front of their children. He pushed her away and closed the door, pinning her against the doorway and causing injuries. The suspect was located and arrested.

Sunday, February 26

Assault

1:32 am | 00 Higuera Ave

Officers responded to a report of a person with a gun, but the victim said no gun was involved. The victim was at a small party when the five suspects began picking fights with the rest of the party. The victim attempted to defend his friend when they punched him many times and fled.

Burglary – Probation Violation – Resisting Arrest

11:25 pm | 2300 37th Ave (SEE page 9)

Warrant Arrest

12:42 am | 00 Santa Paula

The victim said the suspect was yelling and damaging her plants and the watering system. Officers found him and a computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest. After further investigation, he was arrested.

Battery

5:47 am | Address confidential

The victim said the suspect had a history of violence when drunk had hit and punched the victim multiple times that night. Officers found the suspect, who was hostile and aggressive, and after investigation, he was arrested.

Monday, February 27

Forgery

2:00 pm | Undisclosed address

TNT Officers and Sgt Hom conducted an investigation with Secret Service regarding forgery and counterfeit money, they identified suspects and conducted a search warrant arresting three suspect involved in the incident.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

March 2017

Captain Denise Flaherty

As 2016 came to a close, we saw a significant decrease in burglaries and auto burglaries. With crime trends on the decrease, it is important to know that our success comes from the partnerships we have made with the community and city agencies. Our officers are diligent in their efforts of higher visibility throughout the district. Our Taraval investigators are relentless in their pursuit of identifying suspects and solving cases while many of our community members also play a strong and active role in the safety of their neighborhoods. I must also thank the members of SFSafe who are an intricate component to the safety of our neighborhoods. I am confident that our efforts through our partnerships will continue to produce positive results in the future.

In January, the residents of the OMI were faced with the impact of an Officer Involved Shooting incident and a homicide. We understand the stress this places on the residents and know they rely on us to work closely with them to maintain a sense of safety in their neighborhoods. Our commitment to community policing through trust building is strong. I have noticed a decreased in the attendance at our community meetings and understand that life, especially during the holidays, can become extremely busy. Please know that your perspective and thoughts on issues and events are needed, valued and have been greatly appreciated. I would like to invite all of you to set aside one hour a month to participate in a community meeting in your neighborhood. Your participation is important and matters to us as we strive to demonstrate our professional best.


Officer Kevin Downs

Many of you have also reached out asking about Officer Kevin Downs and his recovery. Officer Downs is making tremendous strides in his recovery. He and his wife were able to join his fellow officers at our annual Taraval Christmas party. Officer Downs acts as inspiration for so many of us as he has faced an officer’s deepest fear and has done so with courage and bravery. We look forward to seeing Officer Downs back with us in 2017!

An interview by ABC7’s Vic Lee of Officer Kevin Downs about his “Miraculous Recovery”

SFPD OFFICER SHOT IN HEAD MAKES MIRACULOUS RECOVERY

Friday, February 03, 2017 12:13AM

abc7news.com/news/injured-sf-officer-makes-miraculous-recovery/1734476/


 

Police Officer Involved Shooting in Taraval District

On January 6, 2017, at 3:51 AM, two uniformed San Francisco Police Department officers responded to the 500 block of Capitol Avenue regarding a restraining order violation between two neighbors. The suspect was reported to have been hitting a shared wall in the middle of the night. The officers made contact with the suspect at his residence. The contact became physical and during the incident, pepper spray was deployed, an officer’s baton was taken and shots were fired by at least one officer.

The suspect barricaded himself inside his residence and refused orders to come out. Additional units arriving on the scene attempted to convince the suspect to surrender. The suspect remained insidea and called 9-1-1 dispatchers, stating that he had been shot.

The SFPD Crisis Hostage Negotiation Team (C-HNT) and Tactical Unit arrived on scene. The C-HNT officers attempted to negotiate the suspect’s surrender. The suspect did not surrender. Due to exigent circumstances, tactical officers forced entry into the residence so that they could get the suspect medical attention. The suspect taken into custody without further incident and immediately transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The initial responding officers sustained injuries during the incident. One officer sustained a head injury. Both were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

This is an active and ongoing investigation in its early stages. All information is preliminary. The SFPD Homicide Detail and Internal Affairs Division will be conducting separate investigations. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Investigators and Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) are also investigating.

E-mail: sfpdmediarelations@sfgov.org

Media Briefing and Body Worn Camera Footage

sanfranciscopolice.org/article/media-briefing-regarding-body-worn-camera-footage-january-6th-officer-involved-shooting

In closing, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions that impact your neighborhood, please let me know. You can email me directly at denise.flaherty@sfgov.org or you can call me at 415-759-3100 (for more complete Message: taraval.org)


 

Sunday • Jan 1

Battery

2:25 am | 600 Irving St

The victim was standing in the front of a bar when the suspect, looking confused and with a bloody face, came running towards him. He asked the suspect if he was ok, and the suspect punched him in the face. The suspect, drunk, said he did’t remember what had happened. He was cited and an ambulance was summoned.

Vandalism to Vehicle and Property

1:36 am | 2200 46th Ave

After a party at her house, the victim said an uninvited guest returned to look for his keys. After she asked him to leave, once outside, he and a friend started throwing things at the windows. Another suspect also broke the window to a vehicle parked in front of the house. Officers located the suspects; three suspects were arrested, one cited and one released.

Battery – Threats

3:49 am | 1900 33rd Ave

Seeing the suspect attacking a female outside their house, the victims tried to pull the suspect away from her but he pulled a knife and threatened them. Officers located the suspect while an unknown man and woman told the suspect to get in their car. But he refused and they drove away. The suspect was arrested.

Mon • Jan 2

Possession for Sales

1:27 pm | Undisclosed

A suspect selling prescription narcotics was detained by officers executing a search warrant which produced evidence. The suspect was arrested.

Lodging without Permission – Resisting

4:24 pm | Great Hwy & Sloat Blvd

At a homeless encampment; the victim said the suspects had been there for a month and threatened to kick her dog when they walked by. Officers found the suspect’s tent under several brush trees and a dirt mound, but they refused to come out and had to be forcefully removed. one suspect had ID and was cited, but the second had none, and he was arrested.

Battery

3:50 pm | 2300 Taraval St

A man at a bar said an woman complimented him on his hair, but shortly after, a man knocked him off his seat and punched him. They fled together.

Wed • Jan 4

Robbery – Conspiracy

8:30 pm | 3200 20th Ave

The victim was sitting in front of a coffee shop when he was approached by a group of strangers, who sat across from him. The suspect told him not to make a scene while they go through his pockets. The suspect stole his money, then left with his group. When the victim called the police, they located the suspect and detained three others. The suspect was arrested.

Battery

8:10 am | 1800 Irving St

The suspect, who had been told to stay away from the store, demanded a glass of water before agreeing to leave. When she was given the water, she threw it at the employee before leaving the store. Officers located and cited the suspect.

Robbery

7:47 pm | 1200 Irving St

A store employee saw the suspect steal an item. When the victim tried to stop the suspect outside the store, the suspect pulled out a pair of scissors to threaten the victim. Officers located and arrested the suspect.

Thu • Jan 5

Stolen Vehicle

2:14 pm | Junipero Serra Blvd & 19th Ave

Responded to a tip of erratic driving, a computer check determined that it was stolen. Officers arrested the driver at the I-280 off ramp to Pacifica.

Vandalism to Property

10:16 pm | 1300 Ocean Ave

After gathering and reviewing information, a SIT inspector identified a suspect in the vandalization of a church. After a warrant was issued, officers located the suspect. The suspect was arrested.

Fri • Jan 6

Arson

3:03 am | 3600 Judah St

Responding to a report, officers discovered a burning garbage can that had spread to a discarded Christmas tree and a vehicle. They partially put out the fire before the arrival of SFFD.

Embezzlement

5:47 pm | 3200 20th Ave

A loss prevention employee, reported that they observed the suspect, an employee, select several items of clothing and entered the fitting room, but exit empty handed. The witness searched the fitting room directly afterwards and did not locate the missing items. After questioning, the suspect admitted to the theft and was cited.

Assault

2:48 pm | 200 Broad St

The victim said, during an argument, her brother grabbed her neck and threw her onto the floor causing her to slam her head. The suspect then fled.

Attempted Robbery – Assault

7:52 pm | 1800 Irving St

The victim refused to give the suspect money to buy beer so he hit him. A witness said the suspect had initially asked for water and left but soon the victim ran into the store with the suspect chasing after him and hitting him with a bottle of beer. The suspect was arrested.

Sat • Jan 7

Burglary – Vandalism

9:08 am | 1200 29th Ave

When the victim found the security camera on a vacant house was not working, he reviewed previous footage showing the suspect climbing into the house. Later, when the suspect broke back into the house and damaged approximately $7500 worth of property inside, he was arrested.

Burglary – Possession of Stolen Property

5:12 pm | 2300 14th Ave

Via a security camera feed, the victim saw the suspect reaching under his gate and take a package that had been delivered. The suspect, was positively identified through a video conference. Officers arrested the suspect.

Sun • Jan 8

Battery

9:01 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said she requested that the suspect leave, multiple times, but he refused until he found his ID card. When she moved the suspect’s items to the front door, he hit her. The suspect was arrested.

Mon • Jan 9

Battery

4:18 pm | Magellan Ave & Sola Ave

A woman said the suspect walked into the street suddenly and she had to to stop her car abruptly. When the suspect started cursing at her, she responded by yelling back. Then he punched her through an open window and walked away.

Tue • Jan 10

Robbery

2:48 pm | 3200 20th Ave

The victim said she was inside a bathroom when the suspect pushed her from behind. The suspect then stole her purse and searched it for cash before fleeing through the emergency exit.

Thu • Jan 12

Battery

5:16 pm | 33rd Ave & Quintara St

A woman said she was getting into her car when somebody pulled her out by the hair and punched her. She believes she heard somebody telling her not to get divorced. When she recovered, they were gone.

Robbery

10:27 pm | 2300 Noriega St

A robbery victim said he saw a suspect, with a known history, hide merchandise in his jacket before leaving the store. When he attempted to stop the suspect he was punched multiple times and fell and sustained injuries before the suspect fled.

Sun • Jan 15

Battery

6:11 pm | Ocean Ave & Lee Ave

A business owner, asked the suspect, who was harassing customers to leave but he hit the owner three times before leaving the restaurant. Officers cited and transported him for detention due to violent behavior.

Driving Under the Influence – Arrested

11:12 pm | 28th Ave & Santiago St

Officers stopped a reportedly erratic vehicle and found the suspect slumped over the steering wheel. After failing several sobriety tests he suspect was arrested.

Embezzlement – Theft

1:25 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Officers met with the supervisor who reported that he found a discrepancy in deleted items from a register. He also found that the suspect had stolen multiple items without a security sensor attached to them and also removed sensors to give items to friends. She was cited.

Mon • Jan 16

Battery

7:44 pm | 300 Serrano Dr

A woman said a suspect ran into the elevator that she had just gotten into. When she was about to exit the elevator, the suspect put her arms around her neck for a few seconds but did not get a good grip. When she screamed the suspect fled into a stairwell. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Wed • Jan 18

Theft from a Vehicle – Possession Stolen Property

9:28 am | 300 St Francis Blvd

The victim saw the suspect looking into vehicles and trying to open doors. When sthe suspect entered a vehicle and exited with several bags before fleeing the scene. Responding officers located the suspect and after further investigation, the suspect was cited.

Thu • Jan 19

Battery

5:40 pm | 2200 Lincoln Way

The victim stated that there was a past history of parking issues between himself and his neighbor. In this incident, the neighbor blocked the victim’s driveway causing the him to temporarily park on the sidewalk to unload his groceries. The neighbor then knocked on the victim’s door and lunged at the victim, attempting to punch him.

Editor’s Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

— Taraval Station Community Meeting ­—

Feb 21 | 7 pm – 9 pm • Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave • taraval.org

February 2017

— Taraval Station Community Meeting —

Dec 20 | 7 pm – 9 pm • Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave • taraval.org

Officer Downs Recovering

Everyone here at Taraval Station would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the community for the huge outpouring of support during these past few weeks. We are especially grateful for the thoughtful well wishes and concern for Officer Kevin Downs and are happy to share with you that Officer Downs has recently been released from the rehab center and will be continuing and finalizing his recovery in the comfort of his home. Note: to donate — gofundme.com (search for Kevin Downs).

West Portal Ave Cell Phone Store Burglary Suspects Arrested

October 22 three unknown male suspects wearing masks, hooded sweatshirts, and gloves burglarized a cell phone store on the 200 block of West Portal and stole a large safe with property and cash valued at over $30,000. An investigation led to the identity of one of the suspects and another vehicle used in the burglary. On November 3 a surveillance on one of the suspect vehicles lead to five suspects observed forcing open the back door ofa cell phone store in the Dixon, CA and stealing a safe containing numerous cell phones totaling over $40,000 also wearing masks and gloves. Following one of the suspect vehicles, after a traffic stop, taken into custody were 33 year-old Layne Bishop (on Probation in Alameda County for Threats to a Police Officer), 36 year-old Duane Bishop, and 36 year-old William Owens (on Probation in LA County for Reckless Driving), all are residents of Oakland, CA. The second suspect vehicle and subsequently arrested 24 year-old Christian Bishop (on Probation in Santa Clara County for Burglary) and 32 year-old Alvin Chambers (on Probation in Alameda County for Burglary), both are residents of Oakland, CA. All the suspects were booked in Solano County Jail on charges of Burglary, Grand Theft, Conspiracy, and Possession of Burglary Tools.

On November 11, Taraval s officers executed search warrants in Oakland, and located and seized approximately $105,500.00 in U.S. currency, along with several stolen cell phones and various other electronics totaling over $25,000. A sixth suspect believed to be part of the burglary remains outstanding. While arrests have been made, this is still an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Tuesday, November 1

Assault on a Police Officer – Battery

8:27 pm | 1700 46th Ave

The victim, who wanted to press charges against her son, the suspect, in an earlier incident, called the police again. While officers were at the scene, the suspect drove by and threw a glass bottle, which shattered near them and when he attempted to drive away, he drove into a stop sign. The suspect was arrested.

Warrant – Possession of Paraphernalia

4:09 pm | 600 Taraval St

Officers acting on a tip of illegal drugs, located the suspect matching the description, and observed two suspects rolling a possible marijuana cigarette, which was dropped immediately they approached. A computer check showed a warrant for one suspect, who also had a glass pipe used for methamphetamine. He was arrested. The other suspect was advised and released.

Assault

8:53 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said the suspect put his hands over her mouth to quiet her and wouldn't let go until she scratched at his face. The suspect admitted covering her mouth when he came home after work and found her yelling, but denied harming her. After interviewing a witness, he was arrested.

Wednesday, November 2

Battery – Robbery

10:25 am | Address Confidential

The victim said she was at the suspect's house discussing their relationship when he angrily struck her face, pinned her to the floor, hitting her head. He demanded that she take some money out for him and drive him to work before he would allow her to leave, which she did, then went to Taraval Station to report the incident.

Thursday, November 3

Battery

10:59 pm | Address Confidential

The victim of a sexual assault reported that she had felt a male leaning his entire body against her with his genitalia touching her below her buttocks. When she confronted the suspect, who was fully clothed, he argued with her, the suspect then fled in an unknown direction.

Battery

4:25 pm | Taraval St & 28th Ave

The victim was parked in a white zone at the post office. She honked her horn when she noticed another vehicle about to hit her car. The suspect yelled at her to move her car, then got out and verbally abused her. She tried to take photographs and a video of the suspect, who grabbed her phone and threw it before fleeing. Local surveillance cameras was not helpful.

Saturday November 5

Robbery

2:33 pm | 500 Buckingham Way

The victim said he was walking towards school with a computer monitor under his arm, when a suspect grabbed his arms while a second suspect took the monitor. Both fled the location in a vehicle.

Vandalism to Property

10:39 pm | 100 Rice St

The victim said the suspect came to her house and pounded on the door before leaving. When she went to investigate, she found the glass pane of the front door was shattered. A broken jar with an unknown liquid was also lying among the shattered glass inside her house. The next day, officers arrested a suspect matching the description in the area acting agitated. Robbery Attempted

9:58 am | 2000 Sagamore St

The victim said the suspect bought something at his garage sale, but returned and threatened him with a baseball bat because he wanted to return the item plus additional money for his trouble. When the victim tried to call the police the suspect swatted the phone away. However, a witness also observed the incident and contacted the police. The suspect was arrested.

Tuesday, November 8

Burglary Possession of Stolen Property

9:52 am | 700 Taraval St

A witness said the suspect concealed multiple items before trying to exit the store. The suspect had a known history, and as officers detained him, the suspect failed an attempt to flee. A search of the suspect's backpack revealed a cutting tool and a computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest, he was arrested.

Wednesday, November 9

Battery

10:52 am | 100 Farallones St

Responding to a report of a fight, officers were told that it started when a mother went to pick up her children but discovered that her ex-husband's girlfriend was there. The fight ensued with both parties blaming the other for starting it and both claimed that they kicked and hit each other out of self defense. After further investigation, officers cited both parties.

Robbery

1:19 am | 43rd Ave & Judah St

The victim who said he was approached by two suspects asking for a cigarette. One of the suspects then grabbed him while the other pointed a gun, demanding his wallet. They threw him on the ground, stole his property and fled

Thursday, Nov 10

Domestic Violence

4:57 am | Address Confidential

The victim who said she was asleep when the suspect came into the room, pulled the sheets off of her and accused her of taking his wallet that was next to his bed. Then he poked her head with his finger and when she pushed him away from her, he tripped and hit his head against the door frame. He struck her with a metal curtain rod, on her thigh. After investigation, he was arrested.

Domestic Violence

9:26 pm | Address Confidential

Responding to a report of a dropped 911 call, the victim told officers that an argument about vacation plans escalated and the suspect threw food then a cell phone which hit him on the head. He sustained a laceration to his knuckle attempting to defend himself. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Drunk in Public

12:42 pm | 9th Ave & Judah St

Responding to a report of a man swinging at people on the street, several pedestrians directed officers to the suspect, who was yelling at people walking past him. Observing a strong odor of alcohol on the suspect, he was arrested and transported to a sobering center.

Burglary - False Imprisonment

4:57 pm | 00 Fuente Ave

The victim said he was home alone when he answered a knock on the door and three suspects, wearing black and ski masks, entered the house with a handgun that pointed at him. They threatened to kill him if he didn't reveal valuable items. They transported them out in a black duffle bag. They fled and are at large.

Friday - November 11

Battery

10:33 am | 00 Westgate Dr

When the victim told the suspect that she was going to feed his dog, he became angry and punched the victim in the face. She went into the victim's room and threw his clothing out into the hallway. She did not touch the victim but wanted him out of the house. Officers advised her that she can not legally touch the victim's property without permission.

Graffiti – Traffic Violation

3:09 am | Randolph St & Orizaba Ave

Officers observed the suspect riding a bicycle without lights or reflective equipment. When detained, he quickly stuck his hands into his pockets, accompanied by the rattling sounds of a spray can. Further observation revealed that the suspect's hands and clothes showed remnants of fresh paint and located the evidence nearby, he was cited.

Battery – Warrant Arrest

3:30 pm | 19th Ave & Holloway Ave

A witness reported that they observed the victim and suspect in a loud argument at a bus stop and saw the suspect pick up something and hit the victim before pushing him. He said nothing happened while she said she grabbed on to him. Research showed a warrant for his arrest. Both parties were arrested.

Burglary – Arrested

1:15 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter. Responding officers spoke to the witness, who reported that the suspect was observed placing multiple items of merchandise, worth over $1000.00, into a Macy's bag and walk out of the store without paying. The witness detained the suspect without incident. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

December 2016 / January 2017

— Taraval Station Community Meeting —

Nov 15 | 7 pm – 9 pm • Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave • taraval.org

Increase in Violence, Robberies, Break-ins

In the month of October, the OMI neighborhood has experienced an increase of neighborhood violence that has left many residents in fear. On Wednesday, October 12, myself and Board of Supervisors John Avalos, co-hosted a community meeting which allowed neighbors to express their concerns, fears and thoughts on moving forward within the community. Safety within the OMI has and will continue to be a priority for the members of Taraval Station. With commitment to safety, residents should expect a high visible presence by uniformed officers as well as community engagement by the Taraval Neighborhood Team led by Sgt Scott Hom. As the Commanding Officer, I will continue to utilize department, city and neighborhood resources to address the concerns of the community. If you were unable to attend the meeting and you would like to share your comments or concerns, I encourage you to please do so by contacting me at 415-759-3100 or emailing me at denise.flaherty@sfgov.org.

In the month of September, we also saw an increase in robberies, burglaries and auto break ins throughout the Taraval. The data is posted on the website for your review of specific areas within the Taraval. While our increases for incidents of robbery and auto break ins were slight, our largest increase came in the area of burglaries. As we continue to assess the crime data that is available, officers are deployed strategically based on location of occurrence, days of the week and time of day. The community surrounding San Francisco State University has seen a significant increase in residential burglaries and we have been working in partnership with SFSU to identify suspects in these incidents and conduct investigations that may lead to the apprehension of suspects. Please ensure that your doors and windows are locked when you are away from your home and also when you are at home as well. SFSafe is an invaluable organization that can offer tips and evaluate your home to harden your residence as a possible target, please visit their website at sfsafe.org

Saturday, October 1

Possession of Loaded Firearm – Drunk

2:25 am | Santiago St & 433rd Ave

The witness said she saw the suspects behind a telephone pole and that there was a gun in his hand. The suspect was crouched down facing a house's front gate. The suspect was observed to be unsteady with slurred speech and strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath. A cocked and loaded revolver was found in front of the gate. He was handcuffed andplaced into a detox cell for four hours.

Traffic Violation – Warrant Arrest

12:57 am | Junipero Serra & Saint Francis

A pedestrian was running across several lanes of traffic against a red light. A computer check revealed a warrant. A search of revealed a methamphetamine pipe on the suspect, he was arrested.

Vandalism – Cited

3:47 am | 19th Ave & Holloway Ave

A MUNI bus driver said the suspect hit the front door glass panel and caused it to crack. When officers arrived he refused to say anything. He was cited.

Battery- Arrested

6:14 pm | Location Confidential

A witness said she heard screaming and the suspect pushing the victim against a car. When officers found the victim, who had cuts to her ears around her earrings and splotches of redness on her forehead, but she said "nothing had happened." After further investigation he was arrested.

Battery

10:29 pm | Oceanview Ter & Worcester

The victim said she and the suspect were on their way home with a car from Uber after bar hopping earlier. When the car stopped, he pushed her out of the car and she hit her head, causing a contusion. He was arrested.

Sunday, October 2

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

8:51 am | 2000 20th Ave

Officers observed two suspects peering into vehicles. Once detained, a computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest one suspect. He was arrested and the second suspect was identified and released.

Battery – Elder Abuse – Arrested

12:08 am | Address Confidential

The victim said she was practicing music when the suspect called and was angry that she did not answer, he was also drunk. He began scattering things on to the floor, tripped and fell. He then punched her arm. The suspect responded that he had fallen and tried to call for help but the victim did not answer so he started throwing items to get her attention. He was arrested.

Monday, October 3

Vandalism to Vehicle – Cited

4:31 pm | 2200 Judah St

In fight regarding a driveway blocked by a vehicle, the suspect said she had problems with that vehicle in the past. Earlier, while exiting her driveway a vehicle was partially blocking her. While the victim moved for her, she felt the victim should have pulled completely out. When she confronted the victim he called her names, so she keyed the victim's car. She was cited for vandalism and the victim for blocking the driveway.

Shooting

7:29 pm | Farallones St

The victim said he noticed the suspect was following him while he was driving and heard shots being fired at him. Trying to flee, he hit another vehicle before running into a store with his vehicle. He also believes that he heard the suspect yell out that he was "talking bad things about him" and heard more shots being fired. The suspect fled. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, October 4

Robbery

10:28 pm | 00 West Portal Ave

The victim said she was holding her wallet - part of her cell phone case, when the suspect hit her arm and pushed her to the ground, picked up her wallet and ran into a waiting vehicle, fleeing the location.

Possession of Air Gun – Resisting Arrest

6:17 pm | Vicente St & West Portal Ave

A witness said she saw the suspect rocking back-and-forth on the sidewalk and holding a pistol. Officers gave chase when he ran, then tackled him. He said the weapon was in his backpack - filled with blanks. When he was found to be a juvenile, he was cited and released to his father.

Wednesday, October 5

Assault – Cited

2:21 pm | 2100 24th Ave

A victim, said he heard there was a fight outside of the school. When he went outside and followed the suspect, suspect charged pushed him in the chest. The suspect was cited and released to the Community Assessment and Referral Center.

Battery – Arrested

2:18 pm | Address Confidential

After an argument, a victim said the suspect started gathering his belongings, but she was afraid he was trying to take her medications as well. When she grabbed his arm he punched her on the back of her head. While he denied hitting her did admit that he pushed her away when she grabbed him. He was arrested.

Thursday, October 6

Burglary – Arrested

6:00 am | Essex St

Investigating a business burglary, a suspect was identified based on security video and other evidence. Officers and investigators executed a search warrant. The suspect was located, detained and a search found evidence confirming the suspect committed the crime. He was arrested.

Under the Influence of Alcohol

12:42 am | 1300 La Playa St

A man was aggressively hitting buildings with a piece of wood. The suspect, who appeared intoxicated and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages with as slurred speech with an unsteady gait. A check found warrants and he was arrested.

Friday, October 7

Homicide

7:06 pm | Broad St & Plymouth Ave

When multiple shots were fired, a victim told officers they were standing near the corner and watching a ball game when he attempted to seek cover but was shot in the ankle. A second victim, who was deceased, was also located. The suspects were fled the location in a vehicle.

Breaking Windows

5:24 pm | John Muir Dr & Skyline Blvd

The victim said he was inside his mobile home when the suspect broke his window. When officers found the suspect, he appeared intoxicated and was standing in a creek. The victim confirmed identified the suspect but declined to press charges. The suspect was identified and released.

Robbery of a Store

7:08 pm | 1800 Ocean Ave

Officers responded to a report of a person with a knife. The victim, the store manager, reported that she observed the suspect enter the store and grabbed an empty backpack from the store shelf before putting other items into the backpack. The victim approached the suspect and told her to drop the items and leave the store but the suspect produced a knife and threatened the victim before fleeing the store.

Assault – Vehicle Burglary – Arrested

6:19 am | 3800 Alemany Blvd

The victim said he observed the suspect in his vehicle parked at his home. He told the suspect get out but the suspect produced a knife. When the victim backed away he fell, while the suspect came at him with the knife. The victim's son hit the suspect with a bat and he fled. Officers found the suspect and the knife and several items belonging to the victim. He was arrested.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

November 2016

Theft of Tools from Buildings Under Construction

We have been receiving an increased number of reports regarding stolen items from homes that were under construction, especially concerning the theft of building supplies and tools. Please remember that with a construction project, there will be an increase of activity and an influx of foot traffic around the area as well as large items such as tarps, building materials and scaffolding where it's easy for a stranger to easily slip in and go unnoticed.

When a home becomes a construction site, the likelihood of a burglary increases dramatically. Burglars and thieves are looking for anything that will be profitable to them. Make sure your contractor and their team cleans up after each day's work. Their tools need to be safely locked up with the bigger item securely fixed to another large, preferably immobile, object.

Also make sure to secure the building so it's harder for the suspect to gain entry. Temporary access to the main dwelling, such as tarps covering missing windows, doors or wall openings, should be considered major security issues as they can be an attractive opportunity for burglars. Adding additional security lights around the location may also help deter robberies.

As always, please contact the police if you notice any suspicious or out of the ordinary behavior in your neighborhood! 911 or non-emergency 415-553-0123

Thursday, September 1

False Vehicle Registration

9:37 am | 34th Ave & Judah St

In random checks found a vehicle's registration had expired despite displaying a valid registration on the vehicle. The driver stated that he had obtained another registration tab to put on his vehicle. A computer check revealed he was on probation. The driver was arrested.

Battery

1:14 pm | 200 Country Club Dr

A witness stated that she observed the couple arguing which then escalated to the two pushing, scratching and choking each other. The couple told officers they were on vacation and only pushed at each other. After investigation, both were arrested.

Friday, September 2

Battery

4:39 pm | 100 Lenox Way

A juvenile victim of battery said he was in front of the library an apparent drunk started talking to him—then grabbed his hand and refused to let go. When he finally broke free, he ran to call the police who placed him under arrest.

Assault

3:01 pm | Judah St & 46th Ave

The victim said he was sitting at the bus stop when the suspect approached and started screaming, then punched him with a bicycle u-lock then fled into the park.

Saturday, September 3

Assault

11:25 am | Great Highway & Taraval St

The victim said he was riding his motorcycle when he noticed another vehicle rapidly catching up to him from behind, then cut in front of him and suddenly brake without warning. He punched the victim, without any explanation, returned to his vehicle and drove off.

Battery

4:16 pm | 1800 Irving St

The victim said a drunk homeless person, with a known history, whom he hung out with for many years, punched him in the face, and had punched him twice.

Robbery

10:58 pm | 100 Font Blvd

When a possible fight was reported, officers saw about 50 teens run out of the building. The victim said he responded to a comment about him, which escalated and the suspect to punched him while a second suspect joined-in and took the victim's items. He became uncooperative, saying he "would handle his own business" before officers notified his parents.

Sunday, September 4

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

7:12 am | Wawona St & 42nd Ave

An anonymous caller reported a vehicle with broken glass and a suspect in the back seat. The suspect said the car was a friend's who had left the keys in a bar and he had to break the window to get inside for a place to sleep. A check found a warrant for his arrest. He was.

Assault – Arrested

5:04 am | 1600 48th Ave

The victim of a reported fight said she went to a club after spending the night at a relative's house, and tried to greet the suspect with a hug, but he bit her hand and walked away. Leaving the club, the suspect pushed the victim and punched her several times. The suspect said they were drinking when the victim suddenly yanked off his necklace and ripped his shirt. Pushing the victim away, she fell to the floor. After statements from a witness, he was arrested.

Monday, September 5

Paraphernalia Possession – Theft

7:48 am | 00 Fuente Ave

Investigating a possible bike theft, the victim said she was in front of her house when the suspect walked her bicycle out of the carport. The suspect, asked if he owned the bike which was in his possession, responded loudly told "NO." A search revealed a methamphetamine pipe on the suspect. He was cited.

Battery

11:15 am | 00 Harding Rd

The victim said he was walking down a path when a ball landed by his foot and he kicked the ball away. The suspect, who was angry, approached and pushed the victim. A fight ensued with the victim punching the suspect in retaliation. After several minutes of fighting, the suspect returned to his game and the victim left the area.

Tuesday, September 6

Robbery

7:54 pm | Buckingham Way & 20th Ave

Responding to an auto burglary, officers met with an apparently hysterical victim, who was bleeding from her knee. She said she was returning to her parked vehicle and discovered an unknown suspect halfway inside her vehicle and saw the suspect take her purse and walk towards his parked car. She attempted to stop the suspect and jumped on the hood of his vehicle but he drove erratically and swerved violently until the victim fell. He fled.

Wednesday, September 7

Battery

7:20 pm | 3200 20th Ave

The victim said she was dining with her friend when an unknown female glared at her from a booth and told her she was speaking too loudly. She tried to move to another seat, but the suspect confronted her and yelled obscenities then slapped her. The suspect fled.

Friday, September 9

Suspended Driver's License – DUI

8:13 pm | 44th Ave & Taraval St

A witness reporting a vehicle hitting a fire hydrant said the suspect left the scene. Officers observed the agitated suspect speaking rapidly with rapid eye movements. When the suspect refused to comply with orders, a brief struggle ensued and a methamphetamine pipe fell out of his pockets. He was cited and released to medics for treatment and observation.

Monday, September 12

Robbery – Arrested

8:00 am | Outside SF

SIT members investigating a string of robberies that had occurred in Taraval district, gathered enough information to arrest the suspect, who was residing outside of San Francisco. They located the suspect and arrested her for robbery.

Tuesday, September 13

Methamphetamine Offense, Resisting or Delaying Police Duties – Burglary Tools

3:36 am | Lincoln Way & ML King

Observing a bicyclist riding with without a front facing light, officers stopped the suspect. He responded that he had methamphetamine on him and the bicycle he was riding on did not belong to him. A search of the suspect located methamphetamine as well as multiple tools commonly used for burglaries. He was arrested.

Wednesday, September 14

Vandalism – Cited

11:31 pm | Lincoln Way & 9th Ave

A witness reported that the suspect banged on the MUNI's back door's window and shattered it. The suspect said he was arguing with his mother who decided to enter the bus. He admitted to being angry and banging on the glass, he was cited.

Friday, September 16

Robbery

10:37 am | 600 Lincoln Way

The victims said they were robbed at gunpoint, the suspect was holding a handgun while pointing it at the victim's stomach. The victims gave the suspect their belongings he left the area on foot.

Domestic Abuse – Arrested

9:29 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said she and the suspect had an argument about going to dinner when he became angry and threw his cellphone at her, from across the room and dragged her into the bedroom and onto the edge of the bed and falling to the floor. She escaped and called 911. The suspect was found in the basement under several cardboard boxes. The suspect was arrested.

Battery – Cited

3:54 pm | 200 Miramar Ave

The victim said she observed the suspect attempting to open several car doors by pulling on their handles. But when he attempted to open hers, she confronted him, and he began yelling profanities at her and punched her arms. She took a photo of the suspect and the suspect as he fled the scene. While police were interviewing the victim, the suspect returned and was identified. He was cited for battery.

Saturday, September 17

Battery

4:44 pm | 700 Gonzalez Dr

The victim, who said he and the suspect got into a verbal altercation regarding the suspect moving out, walked towards his room but the suspect blocked his way and hit him on the left ear. When he was able to enter his room, he called the police.

Battery

3:50 pm | 47th Ave & Irving St

The victim, with a strong odor of alcohol on his person, stated he was beat-up but did not see or know who might have done it. He had a cut on his nose and on his toe. It was possible that may have fallen and caused his own injuries.

Domestic Abuse

9:39 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said she she decided to lie down on the floor to regain composure following an argument with her boyfriend,when the suspect stomped on her face. He fled.

Robbery

7:01 pm | Twin Peaks Blvd & Clarendon

The victim said he had been robbed when he was intoxicated. He remembers being harassed by an unknown amount of suspects as they pushed him to the ground and kicked him several times before the theft. He was transported to the hospital for medical attention.

Sunday September 18

Theft – Warrant – Probation Violation

9:06 am | 4100 Judah St

The victim said two suspects, a male and a female, entered his business and stole two microphones. He pointed out the direction they fled to officers. After locating the suspects, a computer check revealed that one was on probation and the second had a warrant for her arrest. A search of also revealed the stolen items inside her bag. After further investigation, the female suspect was arrested.

Shoplifting with Force

7:35 am | 700 Taraval St

The victim, the manager of the store, observed the suspect who had a history of shoplifting in the store, select an item and told the suspect return it and leave. He punched him in his chest and fled.

Traffic Violation – Cited

10:39 pm | 9th Ave & Irving

A suspect was riding a skateboard on the sidewalk while carrying a bicycle frame and when the officer asked where the he had found it. He could not explain where. He said he did not want the bicycle frame anymore. He was cited for skateboarding on the sidewalk and the frame was booked. It has not been reported stolen or lost.

Monday, September 19

Assault – Warrant Arrest – Arrested

9:21 pm | 200 West Portal Ave

The victim, who appeared to be intoxicated, and have been pepper sprayed and also hit on the head with a bottle. An ambulance was summoned for medical attention. The victim had a warrant for his arrest. He was transport to SFGH and the arrested.

Robbery with a knife – Paraphernalia

9:42 pm | 1700 Ocean Ave

The store manager saw the suspect causing a mess, then go to the candy display and took a candy bar. When he confronted the suspect he pulled a knife threatening the victim, then fled. Officers located the suspect and found a knife and a candy wrapper, as well as a meth pipe. He was arrested.

Stolen Property - False identification

6:30 pm | 1300 La Playa St

A suspect was examining a package on the sidewalk when officers came by. He quickly hid the package and walked away. They found an open container of alcohol along with a package. The suspect gave a false name. When the package was confirmed to have been stolen he was cited.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

— Taraval Station Community Meeting ­—

Tuesday Oct 18, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Taraval Station • taraval.org

October 2016

Monday - Aug 1

Threats – Brandishing

4:04 am | 19th Ave & Judah St

A MUNI driver said the suspect, sitting near the rear of the bus and had been belligerent and loud throughout the whole ride. The driver told the suspect to be quiet or get off the bus but the suspect refused and continued the belligerence. At the next stop and he came within three inches and brandished a knife, threatening the driver. Then he exited the bus.

Robbery

4:13 pm | Vicente St & 14th Ave

A robbery victim said he was walking when the suspect came from behind and hit him on the right side of his head, grabbed the victim's phone and ran to the MUNI Station.

Assault – Threats – Arrested

11:01 pm | 2200 18th Ave

The victim said the suspect, who was diagnosed with a mental issue and had not been taking his medication, argued because the suspect invited a friend over to dinner, but she did not want the friend because he was a drug addict. The suspect picked up a sledgehammer and threatened the victim before swinging the sledgehammer around. He was arrested.

Tuesday - Aug 2

Assault – Arrested

6:51 pm | Address Confidential

The victim said they got into a verbal argument when the suspect grabbed a frying pan and struck the victim in the face. He pushed, punched and struggled to keep the suspect away but she stabbed the victim's palm with a knife. The suspect said the victim started the argument and she used the pan to defend herself. After further investigation she was arrested.

Battery – Warrant Arrest – Arrested

8:45 am | Montana St & Plymouth Ave

A witness said he saw the suspect yelling at the victim and punching her while other people stepped in and tried to separate them. But the suspect and victim said nothing had happened, that the victim was "ok" and both refused to provide further information. A second witness he was punched a couple of times in the head trying to seperate them, but declined to press charges. A computer check revealed that the suspect had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for warrant and battery

Threats – Arrested

10:40 am | 200 Cardenas Ave

The victim said the suspect knocked on his door and threatened to shoot him. He started filming the suspect while she was threatening him. She was arrested.

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

6:34 am | Great Highway & Irving St

A suspect sleeping on the sidewalk wasblocking the path. A computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest out of San Mateo. The suspect was arrested.

Wednesday - Aug 3

Robbery

1:52 pm | Ocean Ave & Miramar Ave

The victim said she was holding onto her cell phone when a known suspect punched her in the head, stole her cell phone and then fled to his residence and refused to leave his residence. Setting up a perimeter around the residence, negotiators enforced an arrest two days later.

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

8:42 am | 2600 28th Ave

Officers responded to a report from Child Protection Center who was detaining a suspect with warrants. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect. A computer check confirmed the warrants and the suspect was arrested.

Robbery

7:12 pm | Plymouth Ave & Thrift St

The victim said he was walking on the sidewalk when three suspects approached him and punched him, stole his cell phone and fled the scene.

Thursday - Aug 4

DUI– Arrested

5:34 am |Brotherhood & Thomas Moore Officers found an unconscious male in a vehicle while the vehicle was still in gear. Breaking one of the windows, an officer was able to unlock the doors and put it in park. After multiple tests he was arrested

Battery – Arrested

11:19 pm | Address Confidential

The victim was upset with the amount of time the suspect spent talking to his ex wife on the phone. In the resulting argument he shoved her and she fell down the stairs. Then he grabbed her neck, choking her, and threw her onto a couch and left. When he returned, he told officers the argument was over a nine minute conversation and the he was only trying to push the victim away from him. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Battery – Arrested

1:34 pm | 4500 Irving St

The victim said when she woke up she noticed some money missing, so she searched the belongings of the suspect, an unemployed alcoholic, and found the money. The suspect grabbed the her hands to keep the money. He was arrested and his weapons were taken for safekeeping.

Friday - Aug 5

Breaking Window – Arrested

10:02 pm | 1000 Ocean Ave

A witness who said the suspect was waiting for his food. However, another patron received their order first (and also generously paid for the suspect's food). When the suspect struck a window with his cane broke and shattered. He admitted he broke the window because he didn't get his food fast enough. The suspect was arrested.

Saturday - Aug 6

Trespassing – Cited

7:18 am | 1500 27th Ave

The victim said her sister was not allowed on her property and wanted to press charges for the current violation. The suspect had been advised during previous incidents. The suspect was cited.

Theft – Possession of Stolen Property

2:57 am | 42nd Ave & Kirkham St

Officers found the suspect matching a witness description carrying two bags as his personal belongings. A computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest. Searching the area for auto break-ins officers found a vehicle in disarray. When the owner confirmed that her property was inside the suspect's bags and a witness also confirmed, officers arrested the suspect.

Sunday - Aug 7

Battery – Evading a Police Vehicle

4:31 am | 200 Minerva St

Responding to a report regarding a fight, officers attempted a traffic stop but the suspect fled at a high rate of speed. Officers did not engage in unsafe pursuit. Instead, they attempted to speak with the victim and witness who were uncooperative. The officers located a vehicle with a shattered rear window registered to the victim, who suffered injuries which caused a swollen forehead and a minor laceration. An ambulance was requested for the victim.

Battery

6:57 am | 00 Cambon Dr

The victim came to Taraval Station to report that the suspect came up to him and said a few words before swinging at him with both his fists. The victim said he went to the hospital but refused to give officers a specific description of the suspect or information about the hospital.

Battery

12:32 pm | 200 Cardenas Ave

Parkmerced security said that the victim saw that the faucet was left on in the in her backyard. She did not receive a reply when she asked the suspect, a neighbor, to turn off the faucet. She started to turn off the faucet but the suspect grabbed her by the forearm with enough force to bruise her arm. The suspect left the location before officers arrived.

Dog Bite

1:10 pm | Taraval Station

The victim came to Taraval Station to report a dog bit his dog. He was walking his dog on a leash when two off-leash bulldogs rushed out of a house and attacked his dog. The larger of the two bulldogs jumped on his dog and began biting. In defense, he kicked the bulldog off his dog before two suspects came out of the house to retrieve their dogs. The veterinarian treated his dog for a puncture wound.

Monday - Aug 8

Burglary – Forced Entry

7:15 am | Irving St & 9th Ave

The shop owner said that her shop had been ransacked and currency stolen and the security video was destroyed. In addition, several other items were damaged, including an unlocked side window and its fly screen partially ripped.

Wednesday - Aug 10

Shoplifting – Cited

2:24 pm | 3200 20th Ave

An employee said he saw the suspect grab a handful of clothing and walk past the registers towards the exit. The Loss Prevention employee detained him. Responding officers cited the suspect.

Fire Report

2:46 am | 800 Gonzalez Dr

Officers arrived after a dumpster fire was extinguished by the SFFD, which reported that there have been several dumpster fires in the area and will continue investigating.

Elder Abuse – Arrested

6:28 am | 100 Brighton Ave

When a 911 call that was abruptly disconnected, responding officers found the victim, who said her son, the suspect, came into her room yelling and insulting her. Thinking he was drunk, she tried to walk away, but he suddenly pulled her oxygen supply tube away from her nose. When she tried to call 911 her son disconnected the phone. She retreated to her room. Her other son confirmed the events. The suspect was arrested.

Thursday - Aug 11

Speeding – Warrant Arrest

11:54 pm | Winston & Buckingham Way

A vehicle was observed traveling at 51 mph in a 35 mph zone during a speed enforcement. After a traffic stop, a computer check revealed a warrant for the driver's arrest. He was arrested and cited for speeding.

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

12:21 am | 45th Ave & Santiago St

The suspect said that, after ingesting illegal drugs, he heard voices telling him that his mother was in danger. After confirming the well being of the suspect's mother, he was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

2:04 am | 900 Lincoln Way

The witness to an attempted break-in to a residential group home described the suspect. A computer check on the suspect revealed that he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested.

Friday - Aug 12

Assault – Arrested

3:01 pm | 2300 24th Ave

The victim reported that he telephoned the suspect to end their relationship. The suspect then went to the victim's home and pursued the argument outside the victim's apartment. The suspect pushed and slapped the victim across the face. Officers arrested the suspect.

Threats – Arrested

2:56 am | 800 Irving St

The victim said he was just threatened by the suspect with a knife, and identified the him. Officers detained the suspect, who continued to aggressively challenge and yell at the victim during the process. After investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Vandalism to Vehicle – Arrested

8:00 pm | 200 Lakeview Ave

The victim said he was walking to his vehicle when he noticed the suspect, his neighbor, acting erratically in the middle of the intersection and throwing things around. He asked the suspect "calm down" before getting into his own car. When he was in the driver's seat, the suspect produced a sling shot broke his window. Officers found the suspect and arrested him.

Saturday - Aug 13

Battery – Cited

4:50 pm | Junipero Serra Blvd

The victim said, after a traffic accident, the suspect, became argumentative, snatched back the paperwork he had previously given her and pushed her when she tried to follow him. The suspect said he never laid his hands on her. She requested a citizen's arrest and the suspect was cited.

Robbery – Arrested

6:23 pm | Judah St & 15th Ave

An anonymous female reported two men fighting. Officers found the suspect and detained him. A witness said that the suspect was fighting with another man, who was in a wheel chair. The victim, a MUNI operator, confirmed the confrontation and said he ordered both men off the MUNI. However, the suspect took the driver's personal property and pushed him. A video showed the suspect grabbing the backpack and a handful of papers. After investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Sunday - Aug 14

Battery – Elder Abuse – Arrested

3:23 pm | 1400 23rd Ave

The victims reported that they were home when the suspect, their son, back from a haircut, attempted to enter the house. They were afraid he was high on methamphetamine and did not want him in the house. And, earlier in that day, he pushed them after an argument over money. The suspect threatened the victims verbally outside and continued to ring the doorbell. After investigation, he was arrested.

Monday - Aug 15

Robbery

12:13 pm | 300 Tara St

The victim said he was in his vehicle when three suspects approached him. The first suspect opened the door and hit him several times in the face while the second suspect tried to steal his necklace and watch. The third suspect struck the victim's head with a gun. Eventually, the suspects stopped and fled after hitting the victim's vehicle with theirs and pinning him against his vehicle. Witnesses also heard shots.

Wednesday - Aug 7

Methamphetamine Possession

12:27 pm | 18th Ave & Taraval St

Observing a vehicle with expired registration, and that the driver parked in a yellow zone, exited the vehicle and walked across the street, officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop. A search of the suspect's vehicle located a bag which contained a large amount of suspected methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery Attempt with Knife

4:00 am | Judah St & 40th Ave

A victim riding on a MUNI bus said that he was seated in the rear of the bus when the suspect approached him with a knifeand ordered him to give him money. He attempted to flee but the suspect chased him around the bus then left the bus and got into another vehicle.

Thursday - Aug 18

Domestic Violence

12:23 pm | Address Confidential

The victim reported that he and his boyfriend had an argument and the victim tried to leave but the suspect blocked the door and shoved the victim, causing him to fall and the suspect punched the victim's back four to five times. As the victim struggled and screamed for help, the suspect fled and took the victim's dog.

Friday - Aug 19

Robbery

5:31 pm | Lee Ave & Ocean Ave

The victims said they were walking when two suspects pushed them from behind and demanding their cell phones. When they hesitated suspects pulled out what looked like a gun. The suspects then fled.

Saturday - Aug 20

Arson – Arrested

7:55 am | Sunset Blvd & Vicente St

Officers detained the suspect kneeling and reaching towards smoke and flames. The suspect said the fire may started when he threw a cigarette. Then he said he set some papers on fire causing the grass to catch on fire. He was arrested.

Sunday - Aug 21

Assault – Reckless Driving – Arrested

8:20 pm | Sunset Blvd & Judah St

Officers observed a speeding vehicle come to an abrupt stop at a red light. After the light changed, the driver changed lanes without signaling. He did not pull over for a traffic stop, then he drove past the officers, into a driveway. He was arrested.

Loaded Firearm – Stolen Property

9:52 am | 500 Niagara Ave

A suspicious vehicle without a license plate and an expired temporary registration sticker attracted officers, who observed two suspects in the vehicle. They smelled a strong odor of cannabis, and a search located a loaded firearm under a mat, ammunition and marijuana. One of the suspects had a warrant for her arrest and the firearm had been reported stolen from Rocklin, CA. They were arrested.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

Detailing the Decrease in Property Crime

Captain Denise FlahertyMany of you have asked me how we are looking at Taraval for staffing of officers and if you could voice your desire to have more officers at Taraval. Currently at Taraval, we are seeing a slight, but consistent increase with our staffing level. As more classes graduate, I am confident we will see that number slowly increase. For the officers we have right now at Taraval Station, they are doing a great job. Despite the challenges they have faced, these officers have not skipped a beat. If anything I have witnessed their commitment to the community, the department and to each other grow stronger.

…we have seen tremendous support by residents who are now aware of these types of crimes and are calling them in when they identify a subject acting suspiciously. We recently made two arrests of subjects who have been in possession of stolen property. In these two cases, both were the result of residents calling in and describing the suspicious actions of these suspects.”

In the months of Nov and December of 2015 and in January 2016, we saw our numbers grow in the area of burglaries and theft from vehicles. With the thoughtful strategic deployment of uniformed officers, continued investigations by TNT, Taraval SIT and the partnerships we have formed with the community we are seeing a decrease in these types of crimes in recent months. For example, in March, we had 154 incidents of theft from a vehicle and in April, we saw a decrease to 111. Just in the first 15 days of May, we have only seen 33 incidents. I attribute the decrease to a higher uniformed presence in specific areas, on specific days and at specific times of the day. Another important strategy is to conduct undercover operations not only by our Taraval resources but also by the department's plainclothes resources coming into the district to work with us.

Next Neighborhood Safety Taraval Community Relations Forum Meeting:
July 19, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Taraval Station taraval.org

Finally, we have seen tremendous support by residents who are now aware of these types of crimes and are calling them in when they identify a subject acting suspiciously. We recently made two arrests of subjects who have been in possession of stolen property. In these two cases, both were the result of residents calling in and describing the suspicious actions of these suspects. Officers were able to arrive on scene quickly to detain the subjects and to begin an investigation. I know some residents are uncertain about the role they want to play in their neighborhood's safety and that is understandable. For those of you who have made the decision to be part of your neighborhood safety, "Thank you!" We will always be more successful when we can work in partnership with the community we serve.

Another case I would like to highlight was investigated by Sgt Kevin Healy of Taraval SIT. Two burglaries had occurred, one was at the 1500 block of Taraval and the second was at the 700 block of Taraval. Thanks to the excellent work of Officer Michael Pheng, video evidence was retrieved which documented the same subject committing botha burglaries. During the burglary at the 700 block of Taraval, the suspect stole petty cash nd lottery tickets. When the suspect attempted to cash these lottery tickets, more video evidence was retrieved that had clear images of the suspect. Sgt Healy was able to identify the suspect who committed both burglaries. Sgt Healy was able to obtain a search warrant for the subject's residence. During that search warrant, he recovered a large amount of crack cocaine and several used lottery tickets. The subject was arrested on 2 counts of burglary in which the District Attorney's office rebooked on charges for prosecution. The subject, Delbert Young, has priors for burglary. These are the types of investigations and arrests that I believe are contributing to our decrease in property crime. Let me say also, I firmly believe the decrease we are seeing in the Taraval is based on a citywide effort by officers to identify these prolific subjects, apprehend them and present strong investigations to assist with prosecution.

On Saturday, May 21st, two residents who own a business on Ocean Ave and reside on 27th Ave, were followed home by two subjects. Once the residents were in the garage, the suspects followed them inside into the residence. The suspects then barricaded the victims in a room while they went to search out a safe. This type of home invasion crime can be one of the scariest types of crimes out there. Taraval SIT is working hard to obtain investigative leads that would lead to the identity of these suspects. For your safety, if you are a business owner and you are heading home at the end of the day, be aware of who may be behind you. I would recommend detouring slightly from your normal path that leads you home. Take a few extra turns so you can spot a vehicle that may be following you. If you think you are being followed, call 911 and drive to the closest police station. This advice rings true for all residents. Do not hesitate in calling and do not second guess yourself. If you think there is something suspicious, it most likely is. We would much rather have you call the police and have it be nothing, than to not call and find that it was something we could have helped to prevent.

On a daily basis, officers are recovering suspected stolen property from subjects. One of the biggest challenges facing the officers is being able to connect that piece of property to an owner. If you have the ability to put your first initial and last name on your property, especially electronic devices that could really assist us in these types of investigations. For example, on your iphone or ipad, if your locked screen is an image of your name, we have the ability to conduct a computer query of your name and if you've made a report, we can get your property back to you.

With Acting Chief of Police Toney Chaplin leading the way for reform in the department, many of you have asked about the Acting Chief. I wanted to take a quick moment to give you a little background on Acting Chief Chaplin. He has been a member of the San Francisco Police Department for 26 years. As an officer, he was assigned to Taraval Station from 1991-1993 and a second time from 1996-1999. During these years, he was assigned to the Taraval Neighborhood Team (TNT), and he was an intricate part of community relations in the OMI during a time when the neighborhood was plagued with violence and drugs. The mission of TNT was to work closely with the community to improve quality of life and to be a consistent visible presence for the residents. Acting Chief Chaplin was known by the community for his hard work, commitment to residents and for always prioritizing how he engaged with the community. I know Acting Chief Chaplin to be smart, compassionate and dedicated to improving the police department not only for the community but for the officers who serve so selflessly every day and night. As a city and as a department, I believe we are fortunate to have Acting Chief Chaplin in this role.

In closing, I would like to say I am truly honored to be the Captain of Taraval Station. I am constantly impressed not only by the officers of Taraval but by the community as well. Thank you for working in partnership with me in my role as Captain. We are in this together! Please if you have any questions, concerns or comments for me contact me at Denise.flaherty@sfgov.org or by calling Taraval Station at 415-759-3100

Editor's Note: Captain's remarks and Police Reports are shortened to available space. For complete report go to: taraval.org.

Wednesday - June 1

Assault – Arrested

1:54 am | 200 Orizaba Ave

Officers responding to a reported fight, observed a victim bleeding from the side of his neck and a suspect holding a machete. They ordered the suspect to drop the weapon and the suspect told the officers that he had cut the victim. The victim was treated at a hospital but refused to provide any further information about the incident.

The suspect said he was inside the store stocking items and hearing some noises, opened the door and saw the victim who threatened to get a gun from his vehicle. Then he walked to his vehicle and back to the gate with his hands behind his back. The suspect struck the victim with his weapon. Then he walked away and waited for the police. A search revealed no gun at the location and the suspect was arrested.

Child neglect – Under the influence in a Public Place – Arrested

1:47 pm | Sloat Blvd & 45th Ave

On a report that a woman who appeared to be under the influence with a young child, officers found the suspect and child aboard a bus. They observed that she exhibited several symptoms of intoxication: droopy eye-lids, oblivious to her surroundings and unsteady on her feet. She admitted she had been drinking while babysitting her niece. Learning that she was cited in January for the same offense, she was arrested and the child was taken to child protective services.

Trespassing – Warrant Arrest

2:15 pm | 1200 Great Highway

Officers responding to a 911 hang up call found the caller, who said two males broke into the restaurant by unscrewing door's hinges. Officers found two suspects. One of them had a warrant for his arrested. The owner of the property requested to press charges; one of the suspects was cited for trespassing and the second suspect was arrested for trespassing and warrant.

Robbery

5:33 pm | 1700 Ocean Ave

The witness, a store employee, told officers she saw the suspect walk around like a normal shopper but he put items into his backpack. The witness attempted to retain the property but the suspect threatened her to leave him alone and fled the store.

Public Nuisance – Cited

10:00 am | 1300 12th Ave

A known homeless female was reported as a nuisance. Arriving officers observed that she had belongings scattered about her with a strong odor of urine and feces emanating from the gutter. Noting she had a long history of camping in public causing the same issues and that the Homeless Outreach Team had been working unsuccessfully to get her into housing, since she refused all help and options that were offered. She was cited and forwarded to the DA's office for a stay away order.

Saturday - June 4

Threats

8:51 am | 600 Lincoln Way

The victim, an employee, said the suspect came into the gas station and asked to use the microwave. The victim said to do so quickly. But the suspect overheated his food and was asked to leave. He left but came back for his "property." The victim said there was no "property" but the suspect threatened to kill the victim.

Theft From A Vehicle – Vehicle Tampering – Possession of Stolen Property

3:46 am | 2300 31st Ave

A witness reported a suspect trying to open vehicle door handles. He was found hiding between a vehicle and a garage door. He found an unlocked vehicle, climbed in and rummaged through its contents. The officers contacted the owner, who reported missing items from the vehicle. A search of the suspect revealed the stolen items. After further investigation the suspect was cited.

Trespassing – Vandalism – Cited

6:25 am | 3600 Judah St

The victim told dispatch he was following a suspect after he saw the suspect ripping fuses out of a fuse box and setting off a fire extinguisher. Officers detained the suspect. He was cited.

Threats – Concealed Weapon – Arrested

11:42 pm | Ortega St & 10th Ave

A MUNI driver was victimized by a suspect brandishing a knife. He said he saw the suspect sleeping and attempted to wake him to determine his destination. But the suspect sat up and began yelling profanities and pulled out a kitchen knife. Officers detained him and found the knife. He was found to be on probation and was arrested

Sunday - June 5

Battery

9:11 am | Confidential

The victim said she and the suspect were having an argument about their relationship. He punched her several times, kicked her, and fled.

Robbery

7:15 pm | 1100 Junipero Serra Blvd

The victim said the suspect walked into the store, pointed a hand gun at him and demanding money. He gave the suspect all the money in the register. The suspect fled.

Battery

12:30 pm | 2400 19th Ave

The victim said she made breakfast for the suspect but he did not like what she made. An argument ensued and the suspect started slamming around the plates and forks. She failed to calm him down, and the he choked her. Eventually, he let her go and walked out of the house.

Concealed Weapon – Traffic Violation

11:07 pm | Quintara St & 47th Ave

A suspect reported driving erratically —making donuts on the corner while one of the passengers was waving a gun. Responding officers stopped the vehicle with four people inside. A computer check revealed the driver had no license. A search found no guns, but did find a set of brass knuckles in a passenger's pocket. The driver was cited, the suspect with the brass knuckles was arrested and the other two passengers were released.

Wednesday - June 8

Robbery

5:23 am | 41st Ave & Taraval St

The victim was walking north on 41st Ave when she observed the suspect walking towards her. He walked past her, then turned around and pointed a gun at the victim demanding her bag. Fearful, she gave him her property and he fled.

Thursday - June 9

Robbery of a Bank

1:45 pm | 2400 19th Ave

The witnesses of a robbery said the suspect walked up to the teller, placed a plastic bag on the counter, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim handed the suspect some money but the suspect demanded more. However, the victim seemed paralyzed with fear and couldn't move. The suspect fled.

Friday - June 10

Assault

1:25 am | 2300 Irving St

A stabbing victim said he walked into the bar to use the bathroom and then ordered a drink, he walked outside to text someone when he felt somebody hit him in his back. The victim followed the suspect but stopped because he didn't recognize the suspect. He sustained a non life threatening stab in the back.

Monday - June 13

Robbery

2:20 pm | 3000 San Jose Ave

The victim said he was behind the counter when the suspect entered the store, approached the register while holding a gun and demanded "all the money." The victim complied and the suspect exited the store and fled in a waiting vehicle.

Wednesday - June 15

Attempted Robbery

2:11 am | 17th Ave & Judah St

Two victims said they were sitting on the curb when a vehicle stopped in front of them. Two suspects exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun demanding their wallets and cell phones. They said they didn't have anything on them. They thought the victims were homeless and got back into their vehicle driven by a third suspect and fled. Officers located the three suspects who had committed several other robberies in the area. They were arrested.

Thursday - June 16

Attempted Burglary – Cited

12:13 pm | 2200 24th Ave

An officer on patrol observed three juvenile suspects in front of a house looking around suspiciously, then heard loud bangs and two suspects suddenly emerging from the front door — when all five suspects ran down the street towards the park. The victim said he was watching tv when he heard some voices and banging as they were trying to break into the house. When he opened the door and the suspects fled. Officers located all five suspects who were sent to Community Assessment and referral Center where they will be cited.

Robbery – Arrested

1:31 am | Judah St & 10th Ave

Two victims involved in a robbery flagged a Sargent. The victims said they were walking down the street when a vehicle stopped next to them. Three suspects exited the vehicle, one with a gun and demanded the victim's property. A suspect said to drop their purses and run. Several officers found the suspects and recovered the gun. A search revealed the stolen property in the vehicle. It was later determined that the suspects committed three other SF robberies that night. They were arrested.

Saturday - June 18

Homicide

12:20 am | Lake Merced Blvd & Font Blvd

Responding officers located the injured victim of a shooting lying on the ground. Numerous witnesses reported that they saw the victim being chased by the suspect who had fire shots at the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Threats – Arrested

9:06 pm | 900 Lincoln Way

Officers responded to a report of threats made at a residential group home. Previously, the suspect threatened to shoot both the staff members and residents of the home. The suspect then left but returned later that day. Responding officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

Robbery – Arrested

8:52 am | 700 Irving St

Multiple witnesses reported an aggressive suspect shouting and trying to start a fight. One, an employee from a nearby business said the suspect came into his store and started throwing items at the employee and customers. He refused to leave, started swearing at the employee, stole an item and left the store. The employee followed and asked for the item's return. The suspect refused and threatened to hit the employee with the stolen item instead. Officers located the suspect sitting next to the stolen item and arrested him.

Robbery

9:35 pm | 00 Palos Pl

The victim said he was walking on Crestlake Dr. when he was approached from behind by three suspects running toward him. One of the suspects wrapped his arms around him while a second suspect said he had a gun and pointed something at his stomach and told the victim not to scream. However the victim did not see a gun. The third suspect reached into his pocket and stole his property. The suspects ran to their vehicle and fled.

Extortion

7:34 pm | 1500 22nd Ave

The victim said he met a female through a chat app and exchanged photos and address after friendly conversation. He was ready to set up a dinner date with her when she and her associate demanded money, threatening to hurt the victim. Fearful, he sent the money as gift cards.

Sunday - June 19

Assault – Arrested

12:27 pm | 00 Orizaba Ave

A victim of domestic violence reported that the suspect had returned home from work and seemed agitated a few days ago. The victim attempted to help when the suspect said she didn't fell well. She struck him several times with a hair dryer andkicked him when he fell down. The next day, the suspect accused the victim of not feeding their children. The suspect cut the victim on his left shoulder and also took a cleaver and struck the victim with the handle and left Officers were with the victim when she returned. The suspect was arrested.

Elder Abuse – Arrested

12:29 pm | Broad St & Capitol Ave

A victim reported that the suspect, her daughter, depended on her after separating from her husband. While she was on the computer, attempting to file paperwork to give the suspect her inheritance early but the suspect seemed intoxicated and aggressively demanded a copy of the paperwork, pulling the victim by her forearm. The victim complained she was mentally drained and from dealing with the suspect's behavior and notified the police. After investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Monday - June 20

Drunk Driving – Arrested

1:04 am | Sloat Blvd & Skyline Blvd

A witness reported a single vehicle accident where a driver hit the curb and didn't stop until the car was in other side of the traffic lane. Responding officers observed that the driver was hysterical and seemed intoxicated. The driver said it was her boyfriend who crashed the car and ran off. The witness, however, said the driver seemed to be the only passenger in the vehicle. Police observed that only one airbag was deployed and the driver had her blood drawn and was arrested.

Tuesday - June 21

Threats – Arrested

7:46 am | 1800 Irving St

The victim reported that the suspect had been in the store previously and was throwing items around at customers. When asked to leave the suspect to yelled and threaten to harm the victim and left the store. When the suspect returned to the store he admitted making the threats, but he "didn't mean it." He was arrested.

Theft of a Computer - Arrested

1:04 pm | 1200 Irving St

A victim said he left his laptop on the table at the food area to use the restroom. When he returned the suspect had taken his laptop and fled the scene. The suspect gave the Lieutenant a chase for about 10 blocks. Once in custody, the laptop was also located and the suspect was arrested.

Assault – Attempted Homicide

7:32 am | 3000 22nd Ave

Multiple officers responded to a report of gun shots. The victim said the suspect, his girlfriend's ex-husband, approached him and fired several shots at him. Fearful but not injured, the victim fled back into the garage and hid until the suspect fled. Taraval TNT team located the suspect and arrested him.

Thursday - June 23

Resisting or Obstructing Peace Officers Duty – Traffic Violation – Cited

8:28 pm | Noriega St & 14th Ave

Officers observed a stopped vehicle that idling and without license plates. When they approached the vehicle a thick white cloud of smoke smelling like marijuana came from the passenger's side. A computer check revealed that one of the occupants in the vehicle gave false information about his identity. The driver of the vehicle was cited for not having license plates on his vehicle and released along with one other passenger. The passenger who lied about his identity was taken to Taraval station, where officers learned his true identity and cited him for obstructing duties.

Friday - June 24

Theft

8:07 pm | 1300 Judah St

A witness, an off duty police officer, detained a suspect. He said he was at a café when he saw the suspect steal the tip jar and fled on foot. The witness chased the suspect who was later identified and cited.

Threats – Robbery – Arrested

12:26 pm | Confidential

A victim said she had just broken up with the suspect earlier in the morning then he walked into her work place and started yelling and grabbed her purse. She struggled but the suspect removed money from the purse and walked away. He came back shortly after and threatened the suspect. Officers found and arrested him.

Theft – Arrested

11:45 am | 1300 19th Ave

When a known suspect reached into a mail slot, an officer observed her pull out pieces of mail, look through then and toss some of it to the ground. The officer detained the suspect who did not live at the house and searched her. Finding other pieces of mail and credit cards that weren't hers, had been reported stolen as well as fraudulent charges on them, a computer check revealed a warrant for her arrest and she was currently on probation for shoplifting. The suspect was arrested.

Stalking – Brandishing a Weapon

10:51 pm | Confidential

A victim of a domestic incident said the suspect brandished a gun on the previous night. While she was sitting in her friend's car the suspect approached them in his vehicle and positioned it to block their vehicle. The suspect got out of the car took out a black gun and brandished it, however it was never directly pointed at the victim. The victim requested that she did not want to press charges but wanted the suspect to be informed she wished to be left alone.

Saturday - June 25

DUI – Arrested

8:56 pm | 600 Lincoln Way

A witness reported a vehicle driving in an erratic manner; the vehicle entered the opposite lane of traffic while running stop signs and stop lights and also hit a parked car. Responding officers found the car in the middle of a gas station with the engine running while the driver was unconscious behind the steering wheel with an open bottle of beer in the cup holder next to him.The driver exited the vehicle but refused to cooperate with investigations or sobriety tests but eventually submitted to a breathalyzer test. He said this was his fourth DUI and that he was out on bail from a DUI in Placer County. The driver was arrested.

Robbery – Assault – Resisting – Arrested

8:05 pm | 500 Buckingham Way

A victim said he was at the ATM making a transaction when he felt something on his lower back. He saw the suspect holding something wrapped in a shirt pointed it at him. When the suspect demanded money he froze, angering the suspect who fired several shots at the victim. When something hit him his forehead, he realized it was BB pellets and chased the suspect who jumped into a waiting vehicle and fled. Officers located the suspect in the area of Sunset Blvd and Wawona St. While persuing suspect's vehicle, the officers it run a stop light and strike another vehicle. Both suspects then attempted to flee on foot and one suspect thew BB replica gun away. After a chase both suspects were apprehended and it was determined that the suspect's vehicle was also stolen. Both suspects were arrested.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete report as space allows. For the entire report go to: www.taraval.org

July 2016

49% Burglary Increase: Don't Be a Target

As captain, it's my job to present more in-depth information as to details of the crimes we are seeing and most importantly, convey what my plan is to address crime. An example of this, the citywide trend for burglaries is showing an increase of 2% since the last reporting period but unfortunately, the Taraval district has seen a 49% increase. This type of increase is shocking and lets me know that the criminals have found their way into the Taraval district, which has proven to be a target rich environment. The best way to deter criminals is to work in partnership with the SFPD and our community, with other department resources and city agencies as well.

…the citywide trend for burglaries is showing an increase of 2% since the last reporting period but unfortunately, the Taraval district has seen a 49% increase.”

 

Because of the increase in home and auto burglaries, and robberies, I have decided to evolve the Taraval Neighborhood Team into a plainclothes unit. High visibility is one of the best ways to deter crime, but now TNT is able to conduct surveillance, identify and apprehend the suspects. Under the leadership of Lt Ed DelCarlo and Sgt Ryan Crosby, they can make the difference we need. Working closely with other plainclothes units from neighboring districts, we share resources to have a greater impact. Recently, TNT while working in a plainclothes capacity, were confronted by proactive neighbors. Please if you see someone that you feel is suspicious, call 911! One, it's a matter of safety for you as the resident but, two, when officers are working in plainclothes, the dispatcher will be able to determine quickly if they are in the area and if they are who you have identified as suspicious.

So how can you, as a resident, make your home less appealing to criminals?

First, never leave a door unlocked. My experience has shown me, there are burglars who will enter you home while you are present. Most won't, but some will. They will take advantage of an unlocked door even when you are home.

Please ensure when you are not home, your windows are closed and locked. I know with warmer days on the way, many of us enjoy opening our windows for the cool breeze and fresh air. Please, when you leave your residence or you go to sleep at night, remember to close and lock the windows. Burglary is a crime of opportunity, so take the opportunity away and make your home the least attractive as possible as a target.

For those of you who have front gates, please check your locking mechanism on your gates. When a gate's locking mechanism has a lot of play in it, a burglar will use a simple tool and wedge it in the lock to open it and have an easy entry through your gate. If you have a mesh material lining your gate that is not sturdy, replace it with a more durable material. Burglars will cut through the mesh to reach in and unlock your gate.

Security alarms, motion-sensor flood lighting and cameras are good tools as well when attempting to harden your home as a target. I cannot express enough how valuable SFSAFE can be to you when trying to answer the question, "What can I do to make my home more secure?" Please reach out to them, they will come out to your home and give you an evaluation and recommendations on what you can do.

PLEASE do not leave items in your car. Even if you think, "Oh no one will want that!" They may, and then you are left to deal with not only the theft but a damaged window as well. Theft from Vehicle cases are incidents of opportunity. Take away the opportunity and I know we will see less cases of Theft from Vehicle. I encourage all of you to organize your neighborhoods. Get to know your neighbors so you can all watch out for each other. It's true, the police officers of Taraval Station cannot be everywhere, but you can. You can be the eyes and ears of your neighborhood to assist us in fighting crime but also in addressing any quality of life issues.

Finally, Congratulations to our Taraval SIT for their arrest of two subjects who are suspected of possessing stolen property and utilizing EBay to profit from those items. The case began with an auto break-in where an expensive piece of medical equipment was stolen. Sgt. Scott Hom was assigned the investigation and thanks to the assistance of the victim, who found her item on EBay, two subjects were arrested and numerous items of stolen property were recovered, including the medical equipment and a $6,000 dollar bicycle which belonged to a music teacher in Berkeley. Channel 7 News Reporter, Vic Lee, did a great story highlighting this case which we hope will assist us in identifying more victims of the stolen property. Please check out the story at abc7news.com as well as our website for photos of the recovered stolen property.

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Recently we had two collisions in the district. One left a bicyclist seriously injured and the other took the life of a pedestrian. As many of you know, the officers of Taraval Station conducted numerous traffic enforcement operations every week in an effort to change the behavior of drivers traveling though our neighborhoods.

The first collision involving the bicyclist occurred at 7:17 pm on the Great Highway just south of Vicente. In an effort to address community concerns, we have conducted targeted enforcement in the area to stop those who are traveling above the speed limit. Both officers of Taraval Station and the Traffic Company responded to the area and issued numerous citations. We will continue our efforts on a daily basis in hopes to eliminate traffic collisions on this corridor.

The second collision involving the tragic loss of life occurred on Brotherhood Way and Junipero Serra. In this case, the pedestrian was struck by a driver of a motorcycle while trying to cross the roadway. The collision occurred on the onramp to Brotherhood Way from Junipero Serra. Based on observations of the scene, it appears a crosswalk was not painted on the roadway but there is a marked handicap access ramp from the sidewalk into the roadway. This leads me to believe it is intended to accommodate pedestrian traffic. Clearly, this roadway needs immediate improvement with a marked crosswalk that should be enhanced with reflectors and signage. One of my sergeants photographed the area of concern and I have forwarded these photos to SFMTA so they can look into the proper engineering of this crosswalk. I know, from hearing from the community, this pedestrian crossing area has been of concern for a long time. I will be sure to follow up with SFMTA and Supervisors Yee's Office so we can see that the necessary improvements are completed. On our end, our Traffic Company officers conducted a speeding enforcement operation on Brotherhood Way between Summit Way and Lake Merced Blvd which resulted in 12 citations for 22350 CVC- Speeding. In partnership, officers from Taraval Station and Traffic Company will conduct pedestrian enforcement operations at this location. These operations will focus enforcement on drivers who do not yield to pedestrians.

We also heard the concerns of citizens regarding drivers who are failing to yield to pedestrians in the area of Ocean Ave. and Santa Ana. A pedestrian enforcement operation was conducted which resulted in 25 citations of drivers in violation of 21950 CVC-Yield to pedestrian in crosswalk. We will continue to conduct traffic enforcement operations to change the behavior of drivers.

Residential Burglaries and Theft from Vehicle incidents continue to be the topic of conversations I have had with many of you. In March, we saw a total number of 73 burglaries in the district. Of the 73 burglaries, 25 were hot prowl burglaries which means that resident was home when the suspect entered the home. With the data analysis, we were able to pin point not only where the incidents were occurring, but we were also able to see on which days of the weeks they were more frequent and the times of those days when they were occurring. In order to address the number of burglaries, we deployed uniformed officers to the impacted neighborhoods for higher visibility and worked in partnership with TNT officers assigned to plain clothes as well as stellar investigations by the Taraval SIT team. Our efforts have proven effective as in the month of April we saw in decrease in burglaries from 73 to 29 with only 10 of the 29 being hot prowls. I must add, I believe this decrease is not only the result of station efforts but rather the efforts of both officers and units citywide who are working very hard to identify prolific burglars and conduct investigations that result in arrests and offer strong cases for the District Attorney's office to prosecute.

I think it's important to convey to the community that we continue to communicate with the District Attorney's regarding criminal investigations and the prosecution of the criminals. Based on many discussions that have occurred, I am growing increasingly confident that the District Attorney's office is looking at these cases on a case to case basis and are moving forward to prosecute these criminals.

For cases of Theft from Vehicle, we have seen our biggest decrease since January. In January we saw 200 cases, in February there were 157, in March 154 and in April we have seen our lowest number at 117 cases. In my opinion, I attribute this to not only our efforts but the efforts of the community as well. Last week, we had two incidents in which uniformed officers made arrests for Theft from Vehicle suspects based on calls from the community. Thank you to everyone who is taking an active role in their neighborhood safety. Thank you to all of you who are looking out for your neighbors and for being the eyes and ears for the officers of Taraval Station. We could not be as successful without your partnership.

Editor's Note: Captain's remarks and Police Reports are shortened for space. Please go to taraval.org for complete articles.

Next Neighborhood Safety Community Meeting has not yet been announced,
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Friday - May 1

Under the Influence Inflicting Physical or Mental Suffering on a Child

11:49 pm | Ocean Ave & Aptos Ave

A male was reported with a child walking up the street. The witness saw the male fall into the bushes and was unable to get back up. The suspect told the officer that he was walking home with his child but he never fell. During the conversation with the suspect, the officer smelled alcoholic beverages and observed signs of intoxication. The suspect they had no right stopping them and started to walk away. As the suspect reached to take his child's hand, the child turned away and told the suspect he wanted to go home to his mother. Officers contacted the mother and released the child to her. The suspect was arrested for intoxication in public and not being able to care for his child.

Robbery

8:25 pm | 1600 15th Ave

The victim said that he and some friends were walking down the stairs when three suspects approached him. One of the suspects punched him in the mouth and took his camera. The suspect got into their vehicle and fled the scene.

Battery

7:04 pm | Judah St & 30th Ave

The victim of a battery told the officer that an ex followed her onto the LRV and started harassing her. A bystander stepped in to help but was punched by the suspect. The suspect fled.

Monday - May 2

Assault – Vandalism

6:46 pm | 3300 Taraval St

A fight was reported, with numerous witnesses. The victim was at her rental property when the suspect made a comment about her, went into the building and came back with a baseball bat. The suspect attempted to hit her but struck a vehicle with the bat. The suspect was arrested.

Trespassing – Cited

10:16 am | 00 Chumasero Dr

An apartment manager told police the suspect had been living in the apartment for a couple of weeks without paying rent and without consent. The suspect was found sleeping in the apartment. The officers also located a cache of cell phones and credit cards in other people's name. The suspect was cited.

Theft from Vehicle – Burglary Tools

5:57 pm |100 Plymouth Ave

A suspect was reported breaking into a vehicle. The witness observed the suspect break into two vehicles and steal a case of sports drinks from the back seat. A suspect matching the description who was drinking from a bottle of a sports drink also had tools to break into vehicles and stolen property and the suspect was arrested.

Wednesday - May 4

Theft from a Person – Cited

6:05 pm | 9th Ave & Irving St

The victim said she and the suspect, her son, were downtown earlier in the day waiting for the bus when he asked for money for drugs. She refused, but he stole her wallet. Later she received a phone call from him asking for her ATM pin number. She met with him and they had an argument. Bystanders called the police. The suspect was later cited.

Assault – Arrested

8:42 pm | 600 Capitol Ave

Officers arrived on a domestic violence scene. The victim said he brought clothes for his son when the suspect began to argue, tried to punch him, and tried to run over him with her vehicle, pinning him between two cars. They cuffed her in patrol vehicle. The suspect was yelling and tried to kick out the glass window of the patrol car. . The suspect was arrested.

Vehicle Tampering – Probation Violation

12:32 pm | 2300 34th Ave

Officers responding to a burglary report located a suspect matching the description andy determined the vehicle was stolen. The suspect said a friend said that he could have the items that were in the trunk. A computer check revealed that the suspect was on probation. He was arrested.

Friday - May 6

Robbery

5:12 pm | 2000 Irving St

Responding to a report regarding a possible bank robbery, the victim said the suspect came to her window with a note, saying he had a gun but she did not see a gun. The victim gave the suspect all the money she had in her teller drawer and reported that the suspect left the bank in an unknown direction.

Saturday - May 7

Under the influence – Resisting

9:34 am | 44th Ave & Judah St

A report of a suspect was drinking on the MUNI and exposing himself. The victim pointed to the suspect. The suspect turned around and told the officer that he wasn't going to be arrested and continued walking away. The officer restrained the suspect by his arm and he was placed in handcuffs. He was determined to be intoxicated and he was placed in detox and later cited.

Vandalism – Arrest

10:20 am | 700 Irving St

A suspect arrested during an earlier incident matched the description to an act of vandalism that had happen on a previous day. The description was confirmed and the suspect arrested for the damages.

Sunday - May 8

Burglary – Arrested

9:32 am | 1100 Plymouth Ave

Responding to a report of burglary officers observed a man matching the described suspect at Victoria and Ocean Ave. He was detained. The victim said he saw the suspect attempt an entry into his home, but when he confronted the suspect at the doorway he hopped the fence, into the victim's neighbor's yard and fled. A records check revealed numerous convictions for burglary. The suspect was arrested.

Wednesday - May 11

Marijuana Cultivating

1:00 pm | 40th Ave

Officers identified a subject with a search warrant at a house converted into cultivation of marijuana plants. They located numerous plants in various stages. This will be an on going investigation.

Assault – Arrest

6:03 pm | 2600 Noriega St

The victim said he parked his vehicle in front of the house to pick up his children. The suspect was concerned that the victim blocked his driveway. The victim got into his vehicle to leave when the suspect sprayed him with some type of spray. Officers observed a can of pepper spray still in the suspect's pocket. He was arrested.

Robbery

12:15 pm | 300 Faxon Ave

The victim reported that she was suddenly pushed onto the ground and her purse was pulled off her. A search located a security camera that may have captured the incident and will be investigated.

Thursday - May 12

Robbery

4:14 pm | 23rd Ave & Irving St

The victim of a purse snatching said she was waiting at a bus stop when two suspects passed her. Suddenly, one of the suspects grabbed her purse and pulled it away from her, and she fell to the ground while the suspect fled on foot.

Saturday - May 14

Robbery – Arrested

12:16 pm | Portola Dr & Laguna Honda

The robbery victim stated that he had just gotten on a bus when the suspect snatched his phone out of his hand and ran off. He chased after he found the suspect who threatened to beat up him before walking away. He followed the suspect when he threw the cell phone down. The victim picked up the phone and called the police. The suspect was detained and arrested.

Sunday - May 15

DUI – Traffic Violation

2:42 pm | Ulloa St & 37th Ave

A citizen flagged an officer down to report a hit and run. The vehicle headed south on Sunset Blvd but units responded and located the vehicle, the driver was asked to exit the vehicle. He was unsteady on his feet and officers could smell alcohol. Drooping eyelids also indicated intoxication. The driver failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested.

Battery – False Imprisonment – Arrested

10:46pm | 00 Byxbee St

The victim said she argued with her father about a boyfriend and she lied about going to work so she could see him. When she arrived home, her father became argumentative, and when she tried to leave, her father grabbed and tossed her on to the floor. Her father prevented her from all attempts at leaving. When she reported the incident to the police he was arrested.

Robbery Attempted – Arrested

12:17 pm | 1500 Sloat Blvd

The victim said she pushing a shopping cart which contained two bags of groceries in the parking lot. She noticed the suspect riding a bicycle towards her and he tried to grab the groceries. A short struggle ensued and she ran into the store—the suspect followed. Fearful, the suspect told officers he was only offering to help the victim carry her groceries. The suspect was arrested.

Breaking Windows – Under the Influence

3:42 pm | 1500 Irving St

Witnesses said they were inside the school having a party when they heard a loud bang and saw the suspect standing in front of a large, cracked, window. He was detained and appeared to be intoxicated. He was arrested.

Search Warrant – Arrested

10:19 am | Undisclosed location

An SIT sergeant located video and other evidence and obtained a search warrant. Officers located the suspect and a search of his residence revealed clothing he wore during a burglary. They also located cocaine, bullets and multiple items use for selling narcotics. The suspect was arrested.

Vandalism

2:56 pm | 1500 24th Ave

The victim of a domestic altercation said she was arguing with the suspect outside the house when he shattered her windshield with his hand before throwing paint all over her vehicle. The suspect then fled.

Monday - May 16

Assault – Arrested

4:19 pm | 47th Ave & Judah St

The victim of an assault said her mother cut her with a knife and tried to kill her. The victim said she tried to go to her room when the suspect followed inside and began throwing books at her, grabbed her neck and began choking her. She got loose and her mother went to the kitchen and came back began waving two large knives. One hit her throat. She was arrested.

Robbery

8:26 am | Garfield & Ralston St

The victim of a robbery reported he was walking to SFSU with his sound recording equipment in hand when the suspect followed him for a block. The suspect asked what time it was and then simulated a handgun inside his jacket pocket demanded the victim's bag. The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot.

Tuesday - May 17

Assault – Arrested

8:58 pm | 1000 Ocean Ave

The victim said the suspect approached her from behind and attempted to cut in front of her at a fast food restaurant. She told the suspect to "back off" and the suspect then pulled down her hoodie forcefully from behind causing her to fall, then kicked her twice in the head. The suspect was detained and arrested.

Vandalism – Cited

8:05 am | 1700 24th Ave

The victim said there had been ongoing problems with his tenant. The suspect accused him of entering her residence and vandalizing her room. The victim informed officers that the suspect had smashed eggs and thrown vegetables on his front door and windshield of his vehicle. The suspect was cited.

Battery

11:44 pm | 16th Ave & Judah St

The victim of a battery said she got off the N-Judah and was walking on the street level platform when she felt two taps on her shoulder and as she turned around, the suspect punched her jaw once. She did not know the suspect and he did not say a word to her. She screamed for help and as pedestrians arrived, the suspect walked away. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Thursday - May 19

Burglary – Possession of Burglary Tools

12:10 am | 1500 Lincoln Wy

When Officers arrived they observed the victims restraining a suspect. One victimsaid when he arrived home he noticed that the hallway light was off. His roommate also came home and asked him why was his bike was out front and the gate was wedged open. While awaiting officers, the suspect ran through the door to the bicycle. The victims detained him. Upon arrival, officers searched the suspect's person revealing a wire cutter and drill bits. He was arrested.

Friday - May 20

Battery

7:15 am | 600 Head St

The victim of battery said he and his friend, had an argument and the suspect lost his temper, grabbed the victim by his neck and punching twice. He was cited.

Burglary – Pepper Spray

8:12 pm | 1900 Irving St

A burglary victim said he was behind the counter of the smoke shop when he refused to serve several under-age customers. He believes one of the customers came back and pepper sprayed him. When he chased after the suspect, another suspect went into the store and may have stolen some items before all suspects fled the scene.

Saturday - May 21

Robbery

9:55 pm | 1900 Ocean Ave

The robbery victim said he was standing in front of the pool hall when two suspects approached him. One of the suspects pulled out a pistol and pressed it into his back while the second suspect demanded his property. The victim gave the suspects his property and both suspects fled.

Battery – Cited

8:50 pm | Taraval St & 46th Ave

The victim said that he was on the MUNI when he saw his friend on the street. When he exited MUNI his friend walked up to him and punched him multiple in the face. The suspect was cited.

Robbery Attempted

8:39 pm | 200 Winston

The robbery victim told the officers that she exited her parked vehicle and was walking towards the mall when a suspect pushed her down from behind and attempted to take her purse and started punching her. A bystander heard the victim's scream for help and intervened, the suspect to fled.

Battery – Vandalism – Resisting Arrest

7:36 pm | 1300 Irving St

A witness told the officers that the suspect and victim were in the bar drinking all night and began arguing. Another witness, a firefighter, said the suspect tried to challenge him to a fight. The victim stood between them and the suspect pushed him aside. When officers arrived, the suspect also wanted to fight the officers. An officer used pepper spray to defuse the incident. They detained the suspect and summoned an ambulance to evaluate him. After arriving at Taraval Station, the suspect stuffed clothing into the toilet which caused the cell and surrounding areas to flood. The suspect was transferred to county jail for his arrest.

Sunday - May 22

Assault

12:56 pm | Font Blvd & Cambon Dr

Responding to a report of a fight of approximately 80 people but the crowd dispersed as officers arrived. A victim appeared intoxicated and had blood trickling down his face. Medical personnel checked the injuries and found a stab wound in the victim's back. The victim had conflicting stories about what happened and said that he was hit on the head by an unknown person but did not know he was stabbed also.

Monday - May 23

Theft From Vehicle – Possession of Burglary Tools

11:37 am | 2300 44th Ave

Officers responding to a break-in arrived observed two suspects next to the vehicle. One of the suspects was trying to unlock a vehicle while a second suspect was looking in the window and assisting the first suspect. The officers detained the suspects who said the vehicle belonged an Aunt who had locked the keys in the vehicle. However, a check revealed it was stolen out of Watsonville. The check also revealed that one suspect had a warrant for his arrest. The suspects were arrested.

Wednesday - May 25

Search Warrant – Burglary – Stolen Property

11:09 am | Undisclosed

Taraval SIT members, along with a detective from San Mateo, conducted a search warrant for a suspect and for stolen property related to a burglary incident in the Taraval district as well as San Mateo. The officers and detective executed the search warrant and located both the suspect and stolen property. The suspect was arrested.

Friday- May 27

DUI – Arrested

1:56 am | 19th Ave & Crespi Dr

Officers observed a vehicle drifting between two lanes on an empty street. At one point, the officers slowed down to approximately 5 mph on the empty street and observed the suspect doing the same before passing them, still at a very slow speed. Officer conducted a traffic stop and determined the driver was intoxicated. The driver, however, refused to allow them to conduct a field sobriety test but agreed to have a blood test. When the officers attempted to conduct the blood test, the driver again refused to cooperate. A search warrant was obtained, the driver's blood was taken and the driver was arrested.

Saturday - May 28

Trespassing – Warrant Arrest – Arrested

10:09 pm | 700 Taraval St

Officers responded to a report of a trespasser asleep inside a laundromat. Officer arrived on scene, which was posted with "no trespassing" signs and located the suspect who was sleeping on top of a table. Officers determined that the suspect was not using the laundromat for the purpose of washing clothes and a computer check revealed that the suspect had a warrant out of Burlingame. The suspect was arrested.

Editor's Note: This is an incomplete sampling of the Crime Report, for a more complete report go to: taraval.org.

June 2016

Captain Flaherty Takes a Bite — Out of GascÓn!

It is good to be back! I recently had to take a little time because my father had passed away. Thank you to so many who sent their condolences and good thoughts for me and my family. A special thanks to Lt. Ed DelCarlo and Lt. Jim Aherne, for standing in for me.

Property Crime In the past few weeks, many have complained about the property crime increase. It is my opinion, that vehicle break-ins and residential burglaries are epidemic and people across the city are feeling its impact. Last week, I had the opportunity to read an Examiner article entitled, “San Francisco Westside residents are ‘mad as hell’ about crime.” As the captain of the Taraval District, let me say, you should be mad. I am frustrated and would be just as mad if I were a resident. The article discusses both the impact of Prop 47 (which DA Gascón endorsed) and the disappointment with Gascón as San Francisco’s District Attorney.

Under the practice of “bundling cases,” even if an officer makes an arrest for an auto break-in, the prosecution process doesn’t begin and the subject is released... once the same subject is arrested on multiple different incidents of auto break-ins, then the District Attorney’s Office will prosecute ...”

DA Gascón Under the leadership of DA Gascón, the District Attorney’s Office has a practice of “bundling cases.” What is bundling cases?  Prior to this practice, when a subject was arrested for breaking into a vehicle, the case would be reviewed for prosecution. If charges were rebooked, that subject would begin the process of being prosecuted for that one incident. Under the practice of “bundling cases,” even if an officer makes an arrest for an auto break-in, the prosecution process doesn’t begin and the subject is released. Our investigators have been told that, once the same subject is arrested on multiple different incidents of auto break-ins, then the District Attorney’s Office will prosecute those multiple cases as a bundle prosecution. That was not a typo, yes; a subject can victimize multiple citizens before any prosecution will take place. DA Gascón’s practice of bundling cases is not part of Prop 47, it’s not the law, and it is his policy within the office he runs. You will not see the District Attorneys of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa “bundling cases.” The good news is, policies can change. Practices can change. As a community, you can organize and show DA Gascón how his practice is negatively impacting your neighborhoods and is jeopardizing the safety we all value so much. For those who are unaware, you have the option of writing impact letters addressed to DA Gascón. This is a great opportunity to voice your frustration and really ask for change. In my experience, I have learned that community safety is the responsibility of everyone. The only way to truly combat the criminals in our city is to work in partnership. It cannot only be the responsibility of the citizens or the police department or the District Attorney’s Office or the judges who preside over these cases. It will take all of us, working together, understanding our roles in the partnership that will lead to our success.

If you would like to organize your neighborhood to take a proactive role in the safety of your community, SFSafe is an amazing organization that can help you do that. We will work with SFSafe and neighbors to help you organize. I would encourage anyone who is interested, please contact me by calling the station or e-mailing me. Through conversations with you, I become a better Captain. I need to hear from you.  I need to hear the good and the bad. That way, we can answer the question “How Can We Be Better?”

I am available to answer any questions, address you concerns and listen to any comments you may have. Please email me at Denise.flaherty@sfogv.org or call Taraval Police Station at 415-759-3100

Editor’s Note: Captain’s remarks and Police Reports are shortened for space. Go to taraval.org for complete articles.

Friday - April 1

Trespassing

5:44 pm | Taraval & 29th Ave

A female was sleeping on a mattress, blocking the building walkway. The suspect was uncooperative and hostile, and a crack pipe was among her possessions. She was arrested for two outstanding warrants.

Assault

8:33 pm | 500 Holloway Ave

Responded to a disturbance, officers questioned the victim. He was assaulted from behind with a metal folding chair by a suspect who tried to take the victim’s granddaughter with him. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Saturday - April 2

Warrant – Arrested

12:56 pm | 2400 Wawona St

Patrolling officers when saw three juveniles casing vehicles. While they began tampering with a locked truck a female began chasing them. Officers detained the suspects. One had a warrant and tools for burglary. The suspect was arrested.

Sunday - April 3

Battery

8:48 pm | Juniperro Serra Blvd & Font Blvd

The victim, aboard a MUNI bus with his older sister, felt a nudge at his elbow from the passenger sitting next to him. When the suspect grabbed the victim’s neck and shook him back and forth, he broke free and exited the rear of the bus. The victim’s older sister reported the incident.

Monday - April 4

Burglary – Arrested

9:14 pm | Lee Ave & Ocean Ave

The victim returned to his car with a broken passenger side window, when he saw a man sitting on steps nearby going through his belongings. Responding officers detained the suspect and located a vehicle burglary tool, broken glass in his pockets and he was on probation.

Threats

6:51 pm | 00 Pico Ave

The victims aid the suspect called her phone threatening to hurt her son. She has filed restraining order paperwork against the suspect.

Assault

9:48 pm | Brotherhood Way & Arch St

Responding to a possible fight, the victim - an off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy said he was in a traffic collision with the suspect. When the suspect did not have insurance info, he called the police, calling the suspect to flee on foot. He followed the suspect who attempted to punch him.

Tuesday - April 5

Burglary – Cited

12:49 am | Irving St & 24th Ave

Officers observed a suspect loitering near a pickup truck. Learning his identity, officers detained the suspect and a search revealed several burglary tools and a credit card not belonging to the suspect.

Burglary

8:31 pm | 4700 Irving St

The victim said her son, or one of his friends, stole silverware from her garage. While she had allowed him to store his belongings in the garage and gave him permission enter her garage, she then filed a stay away order due to unstable behavior.

Wednesday - April 6

Warrant Arrest – Resisting Arrest

5:51 am | 2400 Great Hwy

A report of a suspicious person acting erratically caused officers to question the suspect, who had an active warrant for his arrest. Advised he was being arrested for an active warrant, the he went limp, refused to move or listen to orders. Officers added a charge of resisting arrest. He was arrested.

Assault – Elder Abuse – Arrested

4:40 pm | Confidential

Officers responded to a well being check. The caller wanted officers to check on the victim, a 93 year old female who was having issues with her son. Officers made contact with the victim who reported that the suspect had hit her on top of her head. The victim told the officer of other abuse that the suspect had inflicted on her. During the interview with the victim, the suspect returned home. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Battery – Cited

6:54 pm | 3200 20th Ave

The victim said she went to the mall with her friend to return some items when the suspect arrived, he put his arm around the her neck and pushed her onto the ground, spit at her and left. Officers cited him.

Thursday - April 7

Domestic Violence – Arrested

9:24 pm | Confidential

A victim in the divorce process was moving out of her house. When the suspect began arguing over their taxes. When she went to pack her belongings, he grabbed her shoulder with his right hand while holding a glass pint cup. In self-defense, she bit the his arm, then he smashed the glass over her head. After investigation, he was arrested.

Traffic Violation – No License

1:52 am | 3200 19th Ave

Officers saw an auto, that a speed measuring tool read at 50 mph. At a traffic stop the suspect said she did not yet have a license, car insurance and the registration was also expired. As a juvenile, her mother was called to take custody—she was cited.

Loitering – Arrested

10:10 pm | 100 Terrace Dr

An unknown subject sitting on the front porch began laying down. He said he was resting his legs. The owner pressed charges for trespass and he was arrested.

Burglary

10:58 am | 14th Ave & Wawona St

The victim was returning home when he noticed his front gate was open, the front door frame was broken and heard noises from inside the house. The suspect kicked open the front gate, ran past him and fled onto a black vehicle.

Saturday - April 9

Battery

4:28 pm | Holloway Ave & Byxbee St

The victim, walking on the sidewalk heard the suspect behind him. The suspect hit him on the left side of his head and he fell to the ground. He tried to photograph the suspect but he fled the scene on foot.

Domestic Violence – Arrested

11:10 pm | Confidential

Officers observed a man in a domestic violence report exiting the front door and detained him. The victim said the suspect became upset over an argument, pushed her and entered their daughter’s bedroom, locking himself in the room with their daughter with a gun. He was arrested.

Assault

5:25 pm | 19th Ave & Winston Drive

The victim stated that he was walking home from the mall when a vehicle drove up on the sidewalk and attempted to hit him. He recognized the suspect was his step-father.

Loitering – Arrested

9:53 pm | 300 Ulloa St

A homeowner reported the suspect standing by her doorway. The suspect fled when she confronted him. Later she saw him in front of her neighbor’s house. She called out and fled again. Officers found him hiding in thick brush. He was arrested.

Battery

1:14 pmm | 14th Ave & Quintara St

The victim was walking his dog when a smaller, off-leash dog began biting his dog on the hind legs. When he kicked the small dog away the suspect began an argument, threw a large rock that struck him in the leg and threw a stick. He recorded the suspects leaving for the officers.

DUI – Cited

3:07 am | 2400 14th Ave

When a vehicle that had rolled-over was reported, the suspect was not injured but had been driving drunk. Officers transported him to General Hospital for treatment and a blood test. He was cited.

Monday - April 11

Warrant Arrest – Concealed Weapon

4:57 pm | 700 Taraval St

A shoplifter was detained by loss prevention. Officers found an active warrant for his arrest and a fix blade, four inch dagger-like knife hidden in his jacket within easy reach. He was arrested.

Battery

12:55 pm | 46th Ave & Taraval St

A UPS delivery person buzzed a neighbor’s apartment to gain entry to deliver a package. When someone buzzed him in he dropped off the package. The suspect came down stairs and complained about the doorbell and pushed the victim before walking back inside. The suspect told the officer a different story. Without witnesses, a report was made and the inspector will follow up.

Tuesday - April 12

Battery – Arrested

10:57 am | Confidential

The victim of a domestic violence incident told the officers that he wanted to go smoke marijuana with his friend but the suspect placed a pillow over his head and hit him in the head repeatedly. The suspect said the victim wanted to smoke marijuana instead of staying for their son’s birthday party. The suspect said that she never hit the victim. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery

11:30 am | 2600 San Jose Ave

The victim told the officers she noticed a vehicle double parked in front of her house. As she arrived home, the suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and ran back into the vehicle and fled.

Wednesday - April 13

Battery – violation restraining order

10:42 pm | Confidential

A domestic violence victim said she and the suspect, just out of alcohol rehab, were divorcing. He began drinking again. She took the his wallet to prevent him buying alcohol. The angry suspect pushed her head onto the pillow, making breathing difficult until she gave back the wallet. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery – Arrested

11:07 am | 19th Ave & Holloway Ave

A robbery victim told said he was harassed by two suspects who punched in the face and implied they had gun. One suspect reached for his pockets demanding his property. The victim was able to confirm the suspects when presented with them by SF State Police. The suspects were arrested.

Thursday - April 14

Restraining Order Violation – Arrested

12:45 am | 500 Holloway Ave

he victim who said her grandson had an active restraining order filed against him but he was standing in front of her house. Officers arrested the suspect.

Robbery with Gun – Arrested

1:38 pm | 200 Arballo Dr

A robbery victim was walking on the sidewalk when a white vehicle stopped and a man walked and produced a silver handgun pointed it at the victim and removed her purse. Another police pursuit involving a vehicle matching the description of the suspect ensued. The suspect was arrested. The victim’s purse was returned.

Editor’s Note: We print the reports that space permits. For more complete Police Reports go to: taraval.org

May 2016

Burglaries and Homeless Worry Westside

District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang (left) listens to Asst. District Attorney Marc Massarweh talk about crime issues facing Districts 7 and 4, during a recent community meeting at the Ortega Branch library, along with Taraval Station Captain Denise Flaherty and officer Daniel Rosiak (right)

Police say homeless people and burglaries are hot issues on the west side of the city, with recent spikes in residential and auto break-ins.

The precinct captain's community meetings used to be monthly, but this one marked a shift to quarterly meetings…”

At the first of what for the time being will be regular quarterly community meetings, Taraval Station Captain Denise Flaherty said that since the last community meeting in September, burglaries of both residences and autos have risen dramatically.

"Throughout the City there's been a 17 percent increase for residential burglaries," said Capt. Flaherty. "In the Taraval, I just looked up the numbers tonight - we're up 47 percent. And that tells me that the criminals have figured out 'let's go into the Taraval.'

...they are committed when people aren't around...they're not reported until hours later. There, in most instances, isn't crime-scene DNA evidence or anything. It's not like fingerprints are all over the car. They are tough cases to prove.”

"We've seen an increase in auto burglaries. Citywide that increase has been about 31 percent. Within the Taraval, it's 34 percent," she said. "What I'm seeing is those auto burglaries, the break-ins, they're happening on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and they start from 12 in the afternoon 'til midnight.'

She says the northern portion of District 4 is getting hit the hardest from burglaries and auto-break-ins. She connected the dramatic rise in residential burglaries to a sharp spike in garage burglaries.

"Because of the auto break-ins, they take your garage door opener out of your car. Don't leave it on the visor. Don't leave it inside the center console," she cautioned. "We're seeing people break into cars just for those and then start walking around. (A garage door) pops open and that's how access (is gained) through the garages."

Assistant District Attorney Marc Massarweh said that without witnesses or neighbors alerting police to suspicious activity, it's hard to get arrests, much less convictions.

"These are tough crimes. These are difficult to catch," said Massarweh. "They are crimes where, for the most part, they are committed when people aren't around. When they're committed at night, they're not reported until hours later. There, in most instances, isn't crime-scene DNA evidence or anything. It's not like fingerprints are all over the car. They are tough cases to prove."

Captain Flaherty noted that some spots are hotter than others, like at 16th Avenue and Moraga Street, where tile stairs attract tourists and, in turn, they attract thieves.

"Auto break-ins are a crime of opportunity. When everyone stops leaving valuables in their cars that are visible, you are going to start to see a decrease in crime," she said. "But tourists, they come here. It's beautiful; it's San Francisco. The tourism industry, they're not really going to tell people 'hey, it's not so safe. Put your valuables away.' … Unfortunately the tourists park their vehicles. They go visit and then they come back and find out that their laptops and computers, iPads have been stolen."

The other issue that is getting a lot of attention throughout the City, including the west side of town, is homelessness.

Officer Daniel Rosiak is the Taraval Station's homeless resource officer, and he told the more than 50 people gathered in the Ortega branch library that the situation has actually improved during the last few years but remains a concern to many.

"I've been doing this for about a year and a half. And I'm really surprised on what I see. I'm pulling people out of trees," said Rosiak. "When I first started at Taraval, about four years ago, there was a huge problem on Great Highway … with large RVs. I mean, we had school buses of hippies. It looked like nineteen-sixty-something down there, right around the Great Highway Inn, it was just awful.

"Since that time we've gotten signs to help us with the RV's, to scare people away from parking those RVs down there. Unfortunately, that kind of moves them into other parts of the district."

And if signs don't do the trick, this too can result in more homeless on the streets.

"If they're caught between the hours of ten and six — ten at night, six in the morning — then their vehicle will be cited and their vehicle could possibly be impounded, which, unfortunately, is their home," he said. "So now you've just taken someone's home….

"I know some of you want it strictly enforced, towed and all that but in my experience here you have to be compassionate to a point. I mean it's not just letter-of-the-law all the time. OK? You have to build rapport with these people or else you're not going to get compliance."

Brenda Meskan works for the City's Department of Public Health on its Homeless Outreach Team.

"People don't aspire to be homeless. You have to realize that," said Meskan. "People in RVs, that is their home; we're taking care of poor people, basically, that don't have a place to live….

"A lot of people on the streets, that have been chronically homeless for three-plus-years, suffer from a lot of medical issues that you may not see. Cancer is one of the biggest things, hypertension, stroke, abuse, traumatic brain injuries; they have no memories so to get them to appointments, they really have to be taken to appointments to have anything happen."

She explained that if homeless people leave their tents or belongings somewhere to go get treatment or keep an appointment, then other homeless or the SF Department of Public Works will come along and take their tents or whatever other possessions that they might have.

"So it's really difficult and challenging…. It's not that they don't want the services but if we can't load everything into the van to take them to the appointment, it takes time for us to do that and then we're off the street."

The precinct captain's community meetings used to be monthly, but this one marked a shift to quarterly meetings throughout the year.

"The reason I did that is because at my community meetings I maybe had 10 to 15 people and they were the same 10 to 15 people, and it was always me just being a talking head," Capt. Flaherty explained…. "I'm working in partnership with Supervisor Katy Tang and Supervisor Norman Yee, and I'm doing that because when the meetings are monthly and they're in the same place like Taraval, people can't make them all the time.

"So my hope is to engage more people…. Instead of just always having it on Taraval, I'm moving it to four different locations throughout the district to get more people," she said.

"Those that were not happy with my decision, I encourage them to join together and organize as a community group and they can still utilize Taraval on a monthly basis to gather and share their ideas. And I would always have one of my lieutenants or sergeants present during that meeting if they want."

Thomas Pendergast is a local journalist

April 2016

TARAVAL STATION Crime Report

The month of March marks my year anniversary as the Commanding Officer of Taraval Station. As the Captain, I am often asked by community members and by members of the police department, "How do you like it?" My response is, "It's great. I am very lucky to have hard-working officers, a community that wants to be involved and a Board of Supervisors who work closely with me to address concerns of the community that we all serve".

As the Commanding Officer, it is important for me to evaluate and re-evaluate how I am doing as a Captain and how my officers are performing. In my experience, I have seen that, overall, the officers of Taraval Station are working hard and truly believe in their commitment to the residents of the Taraval district. With that being said, there is always ways to improve. As a department, it is vital that we evolve in our strategies to address crimes trends and how we engage with the community.

Throughout the city we have seen an increase of property crimes. Many are frustrated as they have become victims of auto break-ins and residential burglaries. In a press release by the SFPD dated March 16, 2016, it states:

Increased Property Crimes

"The 2015 numbers reported by the San Francisco Police Department to the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting program has been released. The overall number of the Part 1 crimes in San Francisco increased 15.30 percent in 2015 when compared with 2014 data, largely due to the 17.55 percent increase in Property Crimes.

Although Part 1 crime is up, Violent Crime was actually flat when compared to 2014, and gun violence (injuries and death attributed to firearms) in 2015 was down 6.15 percent; a trend that has continued over the last several years.

"Property crimes were up 17.55 percent, most notably a 21.31 percent increase in larceny/theft. Theft from vehicles, which is included in the Larceny/Theft category, saw the largest increase of 30.62 percent over the previous year. San Francisco is not alone in California as many major cities are experiencing similar increases in this category."

As the Captain, when I read data that shows increases in crimes, I need to evaluate the best use of our resources. In my opinion the best prevention of crime, is high visibility by uniformed officers, partnered with residents taking an active role in the safety of the community. I often speak of being a "Good Neighbor;" this simply means watch out for each other. Communicate with one another and get to know your neighbors. If you are interested in creating a neighborhood watch group, SFSafe can assist in the creation and coordination of your watch group. I strongly encourage residents to utilize SFSafe: www.sfsafe.org.

In recent weeks, the officers of Taraval Station have conducted extraordinary investigations with great success. There are four cases that I would like to highlight:

Soccer Referee Suffers Serious Injury

On February 21, 2016 a soccer referee was violently attacked by a player who was ejected from a game. The game was played at Minnie and Lovie Ward Park and was adult soccer league. The suspect fled prior to the arrival of the responding officers. The victim in this case, suffered serious injury and was transported to the hospital. The initial investigation was conducted by the responding officer and the follow up investigation was handled by Sgt Jesse Farrell and Sgt Kevin Healy of the Taraval SIT. Through interviews and computer queries, Sgt Healy and Sgt Farrell were obtained a search warrant for the residence of the suspect. During the service of the search warrant, officers collected a key piece of evidence and obtained a confession and an apology from the suspect. Due to excellent work done by Sgt Healy and Sgt Farrell, a violent individual was arrested.

Robbery of Female Victim

On February 28, 2016 at approximately 1945 hours, on the 1600 block of 34th Avenue, a female fell victim to two male suspects. The two suspects, armed with a firearm, committed a robbery and sexual assault against the victim. Responding officers arrived on scene quickly to discover the suspects had fled in a vehicle. During the course of the Robbery, the suspects stole the victim's cell phone. Officers quickly determined the location of the phone and responded to the area. Due to the quick thinking, officers located the vehicle which was still occupied by the suspects. After a brief pursuit, both suspects were taken into custody along with the firearms used in the crime. Sgt Scott Hom, was the designated investigator to conduct the follow up investigation. During his investigation, he was able to obtain a confession from one of the suspects and exercise a search warrant that has potentially linked these two suspects to other crimes.

Theft of Vehicle

On March 5, 2016 as a family was moving utilizing a rental van, a suspect stole the van with the family's belongings inside. The family was devastated by the loss and the case came to the attention of Lt. Ed DelCarlo, of the Taraval SIT. Lt. DelCarlo made contact with the family when he received notification the van had been recovered in another city. Initially, Lt. DelCarlo was told by the agency no property was recovered during the recovery of the van. Lt. DelCarlo met with the family to deliver the disappointing news. So impacted by the grief of the family, Lt. DelCarlo continued to investigate to determine if there was possibly anything recovered. With due diligence, after numerous conversations, Lt DelCarlo was able to locate most of the property that was stolen from the family. Lt. DelCarlo's actions serve as a prime example of officers going above and beyond to find resolution for those that are victimized.

Auto Burglaries at the Tiled Stairs.

If you are a resident who lives in the neighborhood of 16th Avenue and Moraga, you have witnessed an increase of auto burglaries in that area. This location is known for the "Tiled Stairs" which have become a huge tourist attraction. As with many tourists, we have seen victims leaving valuables in their rental car, leaving the vehicle to enjoy the area only to return and find their items have been stolen. Auto break-ins have impacted this neighborhood greatly. On March 15, 2016, members of the Taraval Neighborhood Team (TNT) conducted a plain clothes operation to conduct surveillance on possible suspects in the area. During their surveillance, they witnessed a possible suspect looking into numerous vehicles, but never broke into a vehicle. As the officers identified the possible suspect's vehicle, they remembered a crime alert that was distributed. In the crime alert, it described a vehicle used during an auto burglary by a suspect. Once officers realized the subject they were watching was driving a vehicle that matched the crime alert, they conducted a traffic stop and detained the subject. Upon identifying the suspect, officers determined he was on felony probation and during a probation search of the vehicle located burglary tools. The suspect was placed under arrest. During the interview with the suspect, the suspect admitted to committing the auto burglary that was described in the crime alert. Due to the great work of the officers, they were able to take a suspect into custody who no doubt would have victimized more citizens.

These are four excellent examples of the type of work and dedication the officers at Taraval Station display on a daily basis.

Not all crimes are reported in the weekly reports. Reports below are partial excerpts from www.taraval.org

Tuesday, March 1

Battery – Arrested

9:18 pm | 10th Ave & Lawton St

The battery victim said she and the suspect got into an argument in the garage and the suspect pushed her, causing her to hit her head and left her on the floor. Both were drinking. Responding officers arrested the suspect.

Assault

2:42 pm | Lincoln Way & 14th Ave

The assault victim was riding his bike when he noticed a vehicle driver staring at him. After he passed the vehicle he felt a "bump" which caused him to unbalance and fall to the ground. The victim believes it was intentional. The suspect fled.

Wednesday, March 2

Under the Influence – Resisting

8:33 pm | Randolph St & Bright St

Patrol officers saw a man holding an open bottle of beer on the street. The suspect exhibited signs of intoxication and began yelling aggressively when questioned. His father's attempts to calm the suspect caused him to become more irate and he pushed him. A computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested on multiple charges.

Assault with a Gun

11:26 pm | Head St & Sergeant St

Officers arrived on scene of a shooting and located the victim with a shot wound, which was not life threatening. A witness said the suspect had their face covered with a mask, and approached the victim after he left his vehicle,but did not see a gun. Suspect fled in a waiting vehicle.

Thursday, March 3

Assault – Parole Violation – Arrested

9:18 pm | 100 Font Blvd

A witness said the suspect was running across the street before diving under her vehicle. He was heard saying that "someone" was after him and trying to kill him. Then, he went into a laundry room of the building and locked himself inside. Officers convinced the suspect to unlock the door but he did not believe they were real police. However, he admitted to taking some "speed." The suspect began fighting with the medics during the ambulance ride and pushed one of the medics completely out of the ambulance while it was stopped. He was sedated and taken to the hospital. Once he is cleared by medical staff, he will be arrested.

Battery – Resisting

9:56 pm | Faxon Ave & De Montfort Ave

Responding to a reported fight, officers located the victim/suspect but as the officers exited their vehicle, the suspect fled. Officers located the suspect hiding in a neighbor's backyard. A witness said she heard the suspect threaten and hit the victim several times, the victim herself denied the assault. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

DUI Drugs – No Driver's License

10:16 am | Lee Ave & Ocean Ave

A witness reported a drunk driver. She saw the suspect swaying back and forth and seemed to have difficulties walking as he walked to his vehicle. The suspect almost hit other vehicles and drove onto the curb. Officers located the suspect at a gas station with his daughter in the baby seat. The suspect passed a preliminary alcohol screening test which led the officers to suspect drugs. The suspect was arrested.

Friday, March 4

Battery – Arrested

7:45 pm | 250 Thrift St

After an argument the suspect punched the victim, who called the police. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

Battery

4:48 pm | 24th Ave & Santiago St

The victim said she was trying to help a cat stuck in the middle of a street. The suspect accused her of trying to steal her cat. The suspect attacked her. The suspect claimed that the victim followed her and began taking photos of her, her cat, and her vehicle. The suspect was detained but released.

Saturday, March 5

Threats

12:08 pm | 1800 Irving St

The suspect, violating a court stay away order at a Starbucks, was reported as belligerent and violent. Officers detected an alcoholic odor and he appeared intoxicated, so officers conducting a pat searchlocating two open bottles of alcohol. When officers arrested him the suspect verbally threatened the officer. The suspect was booked on the above the charges.

Trespassing

2:32 pm | 4500 Irving St

Officers questioned a suspect on the stairwell between the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building of a reported trespass. He said he was visiting a "friend." Failing to locate the friend, he changed his story. Tenants said he gained entry through the front door. Officers located a clear glass pipe that had white residue of suspected narcotics. Tenants said they did not know the suspect and who was identified by his SF Jail Bracelet. He was arrested for trespassing.

Sunday, March 6

Theft – Possession Of Stolen Property

10:51 am | Taraval St and 21st Ave

The victim was on her way to her car and was alarmed that her rear passenger door was wide open. She saw the suspect close the door who had her property. He apologized and fled into the back seat of a black car driven by a female. She called 911 and followed him. An officer nearby followed until he observed a female driving with and a male ducking down in the back seat. The suspect was arrested.

False Vehicle Registration

4:00 am | Plymouth Ave & Broad

Making a computer check on a suspicious pickup truck, officers found it had last been registered in 2014, despite a valid 2017 registration sticker. They conducted a traffic stop and the driver admitted the registration was expired but he did not put the sticker on. He was cited and towed.

Monday, March 7

Trespassing – Vandalism

3:52 am | 400 Wawona St

A minister saw the suspect on the premise of a care home and notified security, whodetermined that the suspect had broken a window to gain entry and detained him. The suspect was cited.

Battery

9:17 am | 300 Bright St

The victim said the landlord's daughter grabbed onto her hair, her body and her backpack and shook her around. The suspect said she was helping to evict the victim due to unpaid rent and was explaining to the victim that she was being given a notice for not paying rent. The suspect was cited.

Tuesday, March 8

Robbery with Force

11:20 am | Grafton Ave & Capitol Ave

Officers met with the victim of a robbery at a hospital. She said she was waiting for the bus at the bus stop when a suspect approached her and pulled her purse from behind her and fled. The force caused her to fall onto the ground and hit her head.

Robbery Attempted

1:11 am | 100 Lobos St

The victim said that he and his passenger just pulled into the driveway when the suspect opened the rear passenger door and entered the car, pointed something that looked like a gun wrapped in a white cloth, demanding money. Failing to obtain money, he got into a second vehicle driven by another and fled.

Thursday, March 10

Burglary – Possession of stolen property

4:18 am | 2400 23rd Ave

The victim woke up to someone in the bedroom picking up his his roommate's backpack. Attempts to detain him failed. The victim's roommate said his cell phone was also missing and the officers tracked the cell phone to the Tenderloin area where officers located a match. When Taraval officers called the stolen cell phone the suspect's pocket to begin ringing. He was arrested.

Battery

9:26 am | 1900 20th Ave

A battery victim said she rented a room to the suspect and asked about rent that was due. Suspect punched the victim in the face before fleeing.

Friday, March 11

Theft

1:23 pm | 10 Diaz Ave

The suspect, who matched a reported thief appeared nervous and agitated; officers handcuffed and arrested him for possession of stolen property, including properties from an auto boost in Lafayette, CA. Arrested for three counts.

Battery

9:48 pm | La Playa St & Judah St

The victim said he was exiting the Muni when the suspect he did not know punched him and fled on foot. He could recognize the suspect if he saw him again. A search proved negative.

Saturday, March 12

Robbery with Gun

12:41 pm | 2000 Irving St

The bank teller was approached by the suspect, who lifted up his sweater to reveal a fanny pack with an unknown item inside, demanding all the cash. After the victim handed over several hundred dollars, the suspect left the bank. The crime is under investigation.

Sunday, March 13

Robbery

9:44 am | 1300 9th Ave

One victim said that he went outside to throw out the trash when two suspects forced their way into the back area of the bar. One held a gun as they took some alcohol before tying the victims up in the basement. They pried the safe out of the wall and took it with them as they fled.

Battery

7:02 pm | Portola Dr & Kensington Way

The victim said she went out drinking and requested an Uber Pool to drive her home. When she got in there was another passenger inside. During the ride, the victim threw up and she "may have gotten some on the other passenger." The passenger got angry, punched her on her face and pushed her out of the vehicle. She also lost her cell phone during the incident.

Editors Note: Police Reports are printed as space allows. For a complete report go to: taraval.com

April 2016

Not all crimes are reported in the weekly reports. Reports below are partial excerpts from www.taraval.org

New Community Safety Meetings

In an effort to improve engagement with a larger population of the community, I have decided to change the current format of the Captain’s Community Meeting. Rather than meeting monthly at Taraval Station and at Minnie Love Rec Center, I will host four community meetings throughout the district. We will select four locations in the district where we can meet with the greater community. We are currently researching locations while keeping in mind, parking, public transportation and size of venue to accommodate those who may be attending. The format and the meeting time will change as well. In the past, it was traditionally the captain of the station speaking as well as a guest speaker. Under the new format, a panel will be present at each meeting to hear your concerns. The core members of the panel will be a member of the Board of Supervisors, a liaison from the District Attorney’s Office, a liaison from SF SAFE and myself. We will also attempt to target the community’s concerns by bringing other city agencies in as well. Our first meeting, on March 23, will be at the library on 38th Ave and Ortega St. As the Captain, in addition to the request of the crimes trends in the district, I also receive may emails regarding the homeless near the Ocean Beach area and the Irving St Corridor. For this reason, I have invited SFHOT to join us, so they may address any questions and attempt to give the community a better understanding of the current homeless situation in the district. The goal in changing the format is to engage with more citizens and to customize the agenda to address those concerns that are a priority to the surrounding neighborhoods. With that said, I will need the assistance of the community to reach out to me and let me know what you would like the meeting’s agenda to include. This is a great opportunity to participate in the conversation that impacts you the most. I welcome all feedback and questions you have as a community, so please do not hesitate to contact me via email (SFPDTaravalStation@sfgov.org) or by calling Taraval Station (415-759-3100).

Auto Boosts Within Taraval, we are still seeing an increase in auto boosts. As discussed many times, auto break ins are a crime of opportunity. In most instances, if there is nothing visible in the vehicle, the suspect will move on. In order to address this increase, officers at Taraval Station are being deployed to areas experiencing the highest increase of this crime trend. We are also utilizing the Taraval Neighborhood Team (TNT) for high visibility and surveillance in these areas, as well. We are also working in partnership with SF Safe to supply flyers to merchants, as well as flyers that drivers can place on their dash board. The goal is to heighten the citizen’s awareness of this crime trend so they may play a proactive role in not being victimized. I understand the frustration of all those who have been victimized by auto breaks in and am constantly reviewing data and accessing the best way to utilize the officers of Taraval Station.

Finally, I need to say Thank You to the men and women of Taraval Station. I witness your daily commitment to the community you serve and know at times, there are struggles you must cope with. I am honored as your commanding officer to know that you conduct yourselves with professionalism and selflessly give of yourself every day.

Monday 2/1

Shoplifting

11:33 am | 3200 20th Ave

A shoplifter was observed attempting to steal a purse. The suspect was the same person who had stolen from the same store last week. Officers determined that the suspect had a history of stealing from the store on previous occasions and the suspect was arrested.

Tuesday 2/2

Trespassing – Battery

11:04 am | 00 West Portal Ave

A victim told officers that the suspect was intoxicated, entered the store and asked for food. When he was denied and asked to leave he spat at the victim and refused. The suspect was detained in the detox cells and cited for the battery and trespassing.

Wednesday 2/3

Battery – Resisting Arrest

11:57 am | 320020th Ave

An employee said she recognized the suspects walking into the store who had a prior history of shoplifting and told them not to come in. After they pushed, punched, and slapped the victim they fled. Officers located the suspects and transported to the station, where they kicked the officers and refused to obey a lawful order. One suspect was arrested the other was cited.

Thursday 2/4

DUI – Hit and Run

11:16 pm | 2000 20th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a hit and run collision. Officers located the vehicle and the driver. The driver showed symptoms of being intoxicated and the officers conducted a field sobriety test on the driver. After failing the test and after further investigation, the driver was arrested.

Friday 2/5

Assault

4:18 am | 1700 26th Ave

The victim was asleep when his roommate came home and began making noise. After text messages had no affect, he to told him to quiet down. The suspect opened the door and during the fight, started hitting the victim over the head with a chair. The victim got out and called the police. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Reckless Driving

11:56 pm | Faxon Ave & Grafton Ave

Sergeants on patrol observed a vehicle driving suspiciously. A computer check revealed the license plate was for another vehicle. The suspect started driving faster to evade the officers-they didn’t pursue due to reckless driving, but after a few blocks, the vehicle hit another vehicle. He attempted to flee, but was apprehended. The suspect was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Saturday 2/6

False Registration – Drug Offense

3:23 am | Faxon Ave & Elmwood Way

A computer check on a random vehicle revealed it was last registered in 2013 despite its 2016 sticker. A traffic stop revealed a suspended license. An arrest search found cocaine rocks inside the suspect’s socks. The suspect was arrested.

Battery – Vandalism – Theft

1:56 am | Gonzalez Dr & Josepha Ave

A taxi driver said he picked up the suspect who fell asleep during the ride. When they arrived, he woke the suspect up and asked for his fare. The suspect said he had no money, pushed the driver and struck him on the chest and kicked the vehicle causing damages before fleeing. A witness in the area followed him and reported to the officers. The suspect was located and cited.

Burglary-Burglary Tools-Stolen Property

5:24 pm | 1400 Funston Ave

The witness said she noticed the suspect using a stick to reach in under the gates to steal packages. When officers arrived and located the described suspect and the stick used to steal packages. He had numerously addressed mails. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery

8:34 pm | Eucalyptus Dr & 26th Ave

The victim told the officers that she had just gotten off the MUNI bus and was walking home. She was about to unlock her door when the suspect pulled her back, grabbed her purse and fled to a waiting vehicle. She did not hear the suspect because she had earphones on and was listening to music.

Sunday 2/7

Methamphetamine Offense

10:49 pm | Great Hwy & Taraval St

Officers observed a person rummaging through the cabin of a truck. The suspect said it belonged to his friend. A suspicious vial was confirmed to be methamphetamine. A computer check revealed two arrest warrants, he was arrested.

Assault

3:39 am | 1300 46th Ave

The victim was getting into her vehicle when the suspect took out a can of pepper spray and discharged it at her. She got some in her eyes. The suspect fled

Thursday 2/11

Attempted Robbery – Assault

12:31 am | Buckingham Way & 20th Ave

The victim waiting for the bus when the suspects started taking his backpack. In the struggle, suspects kicked and punched him. A witness who saw the assault called the police. Responding officers located the suspects. The first suspect immediately tried to flee then attempted to strike the officers with a skateboard. The second suspect was placed into handcuffs without further incidents. They were arrested

Friday 2/12

Robbery – Narcotics and Paraphernalia

9:15 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Dispatch reported that Loss Prevention was fighting a suspect, who selected three jackets before walking away from the display. The suspect tried to walk out of the store. Loss Prevention got the duffle bag away from the suspect before officers arrived. During the arrest search officers found heroin and methamphetamine in his pocket and stolen items along with pliers and a glass pipe. He was arrested.

Saturday 2/13

Robbery

7:40 pm | 27th Ave & Ortega St

Two suspects approached the victim and started making small talk before asking for his wallet. The first suspect pulled out a knife, the second showed the handle of a gun tucked into his waistband. They punched and kicked the victim before taking the victim’s wallet and fleeing.

Tuesday 2/16

Recovered Stolen Vehicle

2:22 am | 3900 Moraga St

A sergeant observed a suspect crawling into a double parked vehicle occupied by another person. A computer check revealed the vehicle was stolen. A search revealed stolen property from a break-in. One of them was on probation. Both suspects were arrested.

Friday 2/19

Exhibiting Weapon

6:41 am | 300 San Miguel

The victim was in his car with a friend w in the back seat when the suspect suddenly opened and closed the car door. When the victim got out to confront the suspect, he brandished a gun before fleeing. Officers located the suspect and a loaded magazine inside the suspect’s pocket. A check revealed he was a felon, he was arrested.

Possession of Air Gun

12:40 pm | 200 Holloway Ave

Officers were on patrol when they recognized a suspect who had a warrant for his arrest. The officers confronted the suspect and located an air gun in one of his bags. The suspect was arrested for the warrant and possession of an air gun.

Sunday 2/21

Possession for Sale

1:53 am | Broad St & Orizaba St

Officers investigating a shooting found a suspect on probation. The search located a backpack filled with marijuana, cocaine, and bullets, also a scale and large amount of money. The suspect denied they belonged to him. He was arrested.

Assault

10:04 am | 600 Capitol Ave

A witness said the suspect had an argument with the victim, a referee prior to a game. During the game, the victim called a Yellow Card on the suspect. After another argument, the victim called a yellow card on the suspect and also a red card. The suspect punched the referee from behind and fled.

Discharging a Firearm

12:41 am | 200 Broad St

A witness heard three shots and saw a green vehicle speeding away. Officers located vehicle finding several bullet holes and a flat tire. The victim said that someone shot at him but refused to cooperate further with the investigation. It was later discovered that the victim was a felon previously arrested for guns and drug sales.

Graffiti – Graffiti Tools

10:05 pm | Winston Dr & 19th Ave

Officers located two suspects matching a description of graffiti. The male suspect was observed with blue paint on his hands and in possession of numerous paint markers and a can of spray paint—one matched the color on the utility box. Finding several other locations within the city that also had the suspect’s moniker. The female suspect said she didn’t have anything to do with the incident. She was released and he was arrested.

Editors Note: Police Reports are printed as space allows. For a complete report go to: taraval.com

March 2016

Next Taraval Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Ortega Branch Library at 3223 Ortega St & 39th Ave

March 2016

Purse Snatch

Be careful! Several incidents have been reported lately. Purse snatching can be a violent crime. One way to prevent purse snatching is not to carry a purse, or to carry it in a way that makes it quite inaccessible or hidden, such as wearing it under your coat or carrying it like a football. Keeping your purse close to your body with your arm over it makes it a little bit harder for someone to grab at the purse.

Many think that wearing a purse, or a messenger bag, with the strap diagonally across their body is a good idea but this makes it easier for the strap to catch around your neck if somebody decides to grab the purse and tries to run with it.

If someone attempts to snatch your purse, let go of it immediately, especially if there is a weapon involved. When dining out, the only safe place for your purse is in your lap. The back of a chair or the floor is an easy target for a thief.

Be particularly aware of your purse in crowded situations, such as rush-hour trains and buses. If you are jostled in a crowd, be aware that a pickpocket might be responsible. Beware of arguments or commotions designed to distract you while your purse is being picked.

Minimize the amount of money, credit cards and valuables you carry by only taking items that are necessary for the day. Divide money between your purse, your wallet and in your pockets. Carry your keys on your person, separate from your identification.

Use well-populated and well-lit streets. If you suspect you’re being followed, stay away from deserted blocks and head for an area where there are people or to the nearest open store. If you’re driven home, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside. Should a motorist bother you while you are walking, reverse your direction. If you are still followed, seek a safe location and yell for help, if possible.

Tips:

Thieves will often “shadow” their victim. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Know who and what is around you. If you see one suspect, there may be another suspect close by.

Trust your instincts. Your instincts will tell you when someone or something is suspicious.

React immediately and take actions to reduce your risk.

Display confidence. Criminals choose the victim who looks like the easiest target. Walk with your head up and be alert to all that is around you. Show that you are ready to react.

Carry only what you need. Leave a large purse at home and carry a smaller billfold or long strap wallet purse that you can conceal it under a coat. If it is necessary to carry a purse, keep it in front and close to your body.

Avoid placing your purse in a shopping cart.

Keep your head up and your eyes open. Make eye contact when you are walking or shopping with individuals around you.

Look around the parking lot or the street’s parking area before you exit your vehicle or enter your vehicle so you can make a quick exit if necessary.

Have serial numbers, credit card numbers, phone numbers associated to the those items and any other information ready at home just in case they are stolen. That way you can report the items stolen to the appropriate agency or company quickly to reduce fraudulent charges and any associated fees.

If you are a victim, call 911 right away.

Liquor Store Inspection

Our Permit Officer conducts periodic inspections of liquor stores and also conduct inspections based on complaints by residents.

Based on a resident’s complaint, Permit Officers Dan McLaughlin and Tobias Moore inspected a liquor store on Taraval Street and discovered multiple alcohol license violations, sanitation and building code concerns. The Officers summoned Health and Building Inspectors who found that the violations were so severe that it constituted an “imminent hazard.” The liquor store will remain closed until these hazards are corrected.

You can email any liquor store concerns to our Permit Officer, Dan McLaughlin, at TaravalStation.PermitOfficer@sfgov.org

Prevent Burglaries

Be a good neighbor! One of the most important things you can do is to call the police and report a crime or any suspicious activity. To keep our communities safe, you can help by being the eyes of your neighborhood. If you observe a crime or any activity that is not normal for the area, please call the police. Our non emergency number is (415) 553-0123. If there is an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

When making your call, please provide as much information and as many details as possible. Please refer to our picture below for the examples of information and descriptions that would be the most helpful. Remember, you can always remain anonymous!

Stay Safe! Protect yourself from burglaries:

• Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times and call the Police when you see something suspicious or out of character.

• Make your home look occupied and make it difficult to break in such as keeping all your outside doors locked.

• Double check that all outside doors and windows are locked and secured before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors and make it a habit!

• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect a few lamps to automatic timers and set them to automatically turn on and off during the day and evenings.

• Keep your garage door closed and locked. Also lock any doors that lead from the garage to the main part of the house.

• Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

• Routinely check your locks on the doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

• Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Be extra safe and install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

• Sliding glass doors are vulnerable! Look into getting special locks for better security.

• Windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

• Don’t forget to secure the backyard area, especially if your house is on the corner and open to public access.

Don’t Tempt a Thief:

• Items are best left out of sight and stored indoors. Things such as lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are often tempting targets of theft.

• Always lock your garden sheds, garages, and any doors that lead to and from the backyard.

• Use curtains on garage and basement windows as well as other area where suspects can look in and spy on you.

• Never leave notes on your door such as “Leave Package…” for deliveries which would indicate that you aren’t home.

Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.

Friday 1/1

Driving while Intoxicated – Arrested

1:49 am | 43rd & Taraval

The driver in an accident said that he missed the brake and accidentally hit the accelerator. The officer smelled the odor of alcoho and conducted a DUI investigation. The driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Saturday 1/2

Vehicle Burglary – Arrest

1:29 am | 1200 18th Ave

A victim said that he heard glass breaking. When he looked outside, he saw the suspect steal something from his vehicle. Officers found a suspect matching the description and the stolen items close by. The victim positively identified the man who. The suspect was arrested.

Sunday 1/3

Arson

2:57 pm | 19th Ave & Banbury Dr

Officers determined that a suspect lit a tree on fire and pulled it out to the middle of the street. The SFFD already responded and had the situation contained.

Robbery

10:26 pm | 3900 Alemany Blvd

Robbery victims told officers two suspects came into the restaurant with a gun and demanded money from the safe. Suspect also took the victim’s cell phone.

Monday 1/4

Robbery – Burglary Tools

5:58 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Robbery victim observed the suspect attempt to walk out of the store without paying for items. He attempted to detain the suspect but the suspect threatened him. Officers arrived and located the suspect in possession of tools used to defeat security tags and to break into vehicles. An active warrant was found and he was arrested.

Tuesday 1/5

Possession of Marijuana for Sale – Resisting or Delaying Officers Duty

7:37 pm | 300 Sargent St

Officers approached a suspect with a history of selling marijuana and asked the suspect if he was carrying. The suspect didn’t answer but quickened his pace. When officers stopped their car the suspect started running, but tripped, causeing a large bag of marijuana to fly out and land on the ground. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Assault – Threats – Arrested

1:28 pm | 19th Ave & Taraval St

A victim was walking when the suspect hit his arm, causing him to drop his drink. The suspect then started following the victim and threatened to kill him and his family. The suspect hit the victim’s stomach with his umbrella. He was arrested.

Child Neglect – Public Intoxication

6:29 pm | 19th Ave & Irving St

A witness reported seeing an intoxicated female taking care of a young, 3-4 year old, child. Officers learned that the intoxicated female was taking care of her niece. The child’s mother was contacted and the intoxicated female was cited.

Thursday 1/7

Assault

2:15 pm | 19th Ave & Judah St

A victim was stopped at a red light when the suspect rear-ended her. Both parties exited their vehicle and the suspect gave the victim his driver’s license which she took a photo of. The suspect told the victim that he didn’t have insurance and got into his vehicle to leave but the victim grabbed his door and got her thumb stuck in the door and was dragged a few feet before her thumb was freed. The suspect fled.

Assault – Arrested

5:29 pm | 3200 20th Ave

The victims, employees of a health club, said that the suspect wanted to cancel her membership but retain the free sessions with a personal trainer. If she canceled her membership, she would have 30 days to use the free sessions. The suspect got irate and began throwing various items at the victims. The suspect was arrested.

Burglary – Assault

4:14 am | 00 Serrano Dr

The victim said that he was on his way to meet the suspect, his ex roommate, to collect money for past rent. But he received a phone call from his current roommate that the suspect was a at the house with others burglarizing the place. The victim saw the suspect leaving and ran into the street; the suspect attempted to hit him with his vehicle, but he jumped onto the hood of the car hoping to get out of the way. The suspect drove erratically and a second suspect stabbed the victim’s hand in to get the victim off the vehicle. When he did the suspects then fled the scene.

Saturday 1/9

Attempted Vehicle Theft

8:10 pm | 45th Ave & Kirkham St

The victim was stopped at a stop sign when two suspects approached his vehicle. One attempted to open the door on the passenger side by pulling on the door handlebut the door was locked. The suspect entered a waiting vehicle. No weapons involved.

Robbery

6:30 pm | 2700 San Jose Ave

The victims were walking on the sidewalk when the suspect pushed her sister to the ground and pulled her purse away and fled the scene.

Sunday 1/10

Methamphetamine Offense – Arrested

2:58 pm | John Muir Dr & Skyline Blvd

Several suspects in a vehicle were acting suspiciously around cars in the area. Officers conducted surveillance on the vehicle. Officers stopped the car for missing a front license plate and a computer check revealed that one of the suspects had a warrant for his arrest. They also foundmethamphetamine in the vehicle. The suspect was arrested.

Monday 1/11

Battery

2:02 pm | 2100 20th Ave

The victim said that he had attended a house party, but when he and his friends stepped out, a group of strangers confronted them. One of the suspects punched the victim before all the suspects fled.

Tuesday 1/12

Arson of Vehicle

4:16 am | 300 De Montfort Ave

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle fire. SFFD had contained the fire. A witness observed that another vehicle was parked next to the damaged vehicle with a suspect standing next to it.

Robbery

9:02 am | Josiah Ave & Ridge Ln

The victim noticed the suspect walking towards her and felt uncomfortable about him. As the suspect walked by, the suspect grabbed her purse and pulled it off and fled the scene with it.

Editors Note: This is an abbreviated version of the Police Report that can be found at taraval.org

Wednesday 1/13

Assault – Evading Police

9:50 pm | Great Hwy & Lincoln Way

When officers spotted a stolen vehicle the suspect immediately jumped into the vehicle and the officers requested the suspect to stop but the suspect refused. He drove the vehicle knocking officers to the ground as it drove off at an unsafe speed. The officers sustained multiple injuries and were sent to the hospital.

Thursday 1/14

DUI – Vehicle Accident – Arrested

7:42 pm | Lincoln Way & 10th Ave

While the officers were interviewing the drivers, at an accident site, they located an open bottle of wine and the driver of that vehicle exhibited obvious signs of intoxication and also failed the field sobriety test. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.

Threats – Arrested

3:13 pm | 100 Middlefield Dr

Reportedly, a suspect, who previously had made verbal threats, was back at the location. An officer responded and the suspect confirmed making the comments, but he did not believe they were threatening. The suspect was arrested.

Assault – Arrested

7:05 pm | Address Confidential

At a domestic violence site, the victim said the suspect was angry and accused him of cheating before stabbing him in his arms. The suspect told officers that the victim was trying to make advances after she said “no,” and slapped her so she used the knife to protect herself. After further investigation, the officers arrested the suspect as the primary aggressor.

Assault – Arrested

6:55 | Confidential

In a domestic violence incident, the victim said the suspect came home drunk yesterday and and accused the victim of cheating before kicking and pushing her off the bed. Today, the suspect again accused her of cheating and punched her shoulder so hard that she fell backwards. The suspect did want to speak to the officers. The suspect was arrested.

Friday 1/15

Warrant – ( Possible Caser) Arrest

6:18 pm | 8th Ave & Ortega St

A suspect was reported ringing the doorbell, a possible caser. A computer check revealed that he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested.

Shoplifting – Cited

4:50 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Loss Prevention agent reported that he observed the suspect select several items and place them in her bag and exited the store without paying. Officers investigated and cited the suspect for shoplifting.

Shoplifting – Warrant Arrest – Arrested

6:51 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Loss Prevention reported that the suspect put watches and perfume in his bag and exited the store without paying. Officers determined he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested.

Robbery

6:44 am | 9th Ave & Judah St

The victim told officers he had just exited MUNI when the suspect punched him twice in the face, stole his Kindle and fled.

Saturday 1/16

Breaking Windows – Battery – Resisting

1:57 am | West Portal & Sloat Blvd

The witness reported a suspect got angry because “he was not going around the same route again and that everyone needed to leave the bus.” He attempted to punch the window but wasn’t able to break it, so he kicked the window to the doors and broke them. When he was told that he was under arrest, he attempted to flee but officers detained and handcuffed him.

Robbery – Resisting – Vandalism

943 am | 700 Taraval St

The witness reported the suspect tried to steal a bottle of wine and confronted the suspect to retrieve it, but the bottle fell on the ground and shattered. The suspect took another bottle and left the store. The witness followed the suspect and the suspect threatened to hurt him if he didn’t stop following him. The witness stopped because he was afraid of getting hurt. Officers located the suspect from the description, and he was arrested.

Battery – Arrested

11:48 am | Address Confidential

In a domestic incident, the victim got home from picking up their daughter, when the suspect began yelling, grabbed the victim’s wrist, punched and slapped him. After speaking to the witness, officers arrested the suspect.

Burglary – Contributing

7:15 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Employees saw two suspects place several items into a basket and walk out of the store. They detained the suspects and after further investigation, officers arrested the adult suspect. The juvenile suspect was transferred the juvenile community assessment center and cited.

Shoplifting – Narcotics Paraphernalia

10:15 pm | 3200 20th Ave

An employee reported that he saw the suspect select two purses, then go into the bathroom and an agent followed her. She smelled smoke and heard banging coming from inside a bathroom stall and the toilet being flushed. She reappeared with the security sensors off the purses and attempted to leave the store. She was detained until officers arrived on scene. A search revealed narcotic paraphernalia and stolen merchandise. She was cited.

Monday 1/18

Marijuana for Sale – Possession of Firearm

11:00 am | 3900 Irving St

An off duty officer recognized a known suspect who had a warrant and a history of carrying a firearm. Officers located the suspect. A computer check confirmed the warrant and a search of the suspect revealed marijuana packaged for sale plus a firearm. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery

5:50 pm | 1200 Ulloa St

The victim was walking home two suspects began following her. One of the suspects ran to pull her purse above her head while the second suspect pushed her onto the ground. They stole the purse and fled in a waiting vehicle.

Due to space constraints, this is an incomplete report. For a more complete report go to: taraval.org

Threats – Trespassing – Marijuana

11:53 am | 2800 19th Ave

Officers located the reported trespasser matching a description. The suspect threatened to harm the people in the building. Officers found concentrated marijuana on his person, he was arrested.

Robbery

12:10 pm | Bright St & Shields St

The victim said that she was walking when two suspects approached her. One of the suspects pulled the victims purse off of her and both suspects fled the scene.

Wednesday 1/20

Warrant Arrest

1:40 pm | De Montfort Ave & Ashton Ave

A suspect was reported to be acting strangely, standing at the corner, yelling loudly. A computer check revealed a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested.

Robbery

8:26 pm | Ocean Ave & San Fernando Way

The suspect approached the victim from behind and forcefully grabbed her purse. The suspect then fled the scene and got into a waiting vehicle, which was being driven by another suspect.

Bank Robbery

12:50 pm | 2300 Irving St

Numerous units responded reports of a bank robbery and began a search for the suspect. The victims said the suspect walked into the bank, pointed a firearm at an employee demanding money. The employee complied and the suspect fled.

February 2016

Taraval Station’s New Captain Takes on the JobCaptain Denise Flaherty

Captain Flaherty began with some news: security will increase around the Stonestown parking lot during the holidays, thanks to the five new officers the Station has added (though they lost two). Increased police visibility is the primary goal, “our best prevention is high visibility from the officers on duty.” But she warned, “shoppers need to take special care, especially loading packages into their vehicle. Always put packages and bags in the trunk and once they are locked in — move the car before you go back for more … don’t be a target.”

Captain Denise Flaherty is the newly appointed Taraval Station precinct Captain. She presides over a monthly Community Meeting held at the Taraval Station on Wednesday evenings.

When I was growing up in the Mission, I had someone break into my car for some change and a blanket. They will take whatever they can ... Don’t leave anything visible in your car, not change, not a Fast Track transponder, not a garage door opener. If there’s nothing in there, they’ll keep walking.”

If you’ve never attended the monthly Taraval Station Community Safety Meeting, you’re not alone, but the Westside Observer decided to brave the elements on a cold evening in November hoping to encounter the busy Captain. There were possibly 25 mostly elderly, white residents sitting in the ubiquitous folding chairs by 7 pm, and the meeting started promptly. Sergeant Kevin Mannix opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a 15-minute holiday safety presentation from the Neighborhood SAFE program, Wesley Chu providing the narrative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question: What to do if you see suspicious activity?

If anyone sees a suspicious activity, such as someone peering into cars, call 911 — “that’s an in progress call.” Captain replied.

“It doesn’t matter how safe you think the area is, they (thieves) go to those places where they think the level of comfort is nice and relaxed—they are going to go there to take advantage of it.”

Question: Are cops out at night looking for people who are skulking around?

Our officers, every night, are very strategic in their patrol.

Question: When crimes are reported at the desk at the station, why are personnel so unresponsive?

“A lot of times at the front desk we have a Police Service Aide (PSA), that’s a civilian. I think our PSAs are very good, also we have a station keeper who’s up there. But I think a lot of times when they have someone who comes to the window, the feeling is—this is after the fact. Sometimes it might be an auto break-in and it’s very serious to you, but unless there’s a lot of loss, unless there’s something you can give us to act upon, like a license plate, it’s hard for us. So maybe that officer wasn’t as engaged as you would like them to be, but that is sometimes the mindset they might be in.”

Crime maps. The Captain distributed (crime incident) maps to the audience—“This is the map of October auto break-ins— so we tend to look for clusters, and where officers are going? They are going to those areas.”

“When I was growing up in the Mission, I had someone break into my car for some change and a blanket. They will take whatever they can. Don’t leave anything of value in your trunk, because they can figure a way to get in your trunk. Don’t leave anything visible in your car, not change, not a Fast Track transponder, not a garage door opener. If there’s nothing in there, they’ll keep walking.”

Crime maps will be made available at the monthly Community Safety Meetings, or you can request one personally from the Captain.

The Taraval Neighborhood Team (TNT) studies these maps everyday before they begin their patrol. “Gone are the days when we just drive around; we are strategic in where we will be patrolling.”

“In October auto break-ins were the one area were we saw the most activity, last month there were 150 — that’s a lot.” But for the months of November, December and January, the Captain expects there to be much higher numbers, especially in December. “It will help if people do not leave anything in their cars and that is the message that needs to get out,” she explained.

“There were 31 vehicle collisions with injuries in the district in October, which explains why the emphasis is on traffic enforcement, which is always a priority, not just for this district, but it’s what we hear from the community as well.

“The Taraval District is broken up into six sector cars. With increased staffing, every sector car usually has two officers assigned to it. Sometimes one car may be tied up with an arrest, but for the most part we are fully staffed. The higher the visibility, the more prevention we can provide.”

Question: How do they determine how many officers you will have? Is it based on population load?

“Deployment of personnel is determined by the command staff based on the crime trends of the district. During the last transfer we got a lot of bodies, a lot of good bodies. As you may know, we had a big retirement surge, and the goal of Chief Suhr is to get Taraval Station personnel numbers back to where we were before the retirements. Due to heightened Homeland Security reasons, no specific numbers are provided. The last thing we want is for them to know exactly how many officers we have. But as far as deployment, it is based on crimes, not on population.

“Because we are geographically the largest district in the City, officers go where the crimes are, based on what we are seeing. As commanding officer, I meet with my Lieutenants and my Sergeants, to determine how officers will be deployed. We are always adjusting and doing the best we can. We have to look at the whole picture. But when I get a call or an email from someone with a complaint or a concern, I’m very responsive. So if you have something that’s impacting you, just reach out to me, let me know what is going on.

“I had a resident who wrote up a complaint about his street, he sent the email to Chief Suhr and the Board of Supervisors—which is great, he absolutely has every right to do that. All I ask is give us a chance first, at least cc me on it and let me see if I can address it first."

Question: I did see a behavior change at the preschool at 20th and Quintara, where parents are no longer stopping in the middle of the street to drop their toddlers off after I complained.

“I give credit to Sergeant Mannix, he works so well with the community, and he has all the contacts with the schools. But again, we may not know about problems until you tell us.

“Robberies in October were 19 robberies, and as of today (November 18) we have only 3, so we are down significantly. For burglaries we had 38 in October, as of now we have 13, well below that margin.

Garage Burglaries – there has been a spike in this crime. If you have an older garage, and push on the top of the garage door—if there is any movement or a gap appears between the door and the top frame—any way that someone could get in there and pull the latch, we recommend you put a 2X4 on top of the frame to block the gap. If there are any questions you may have about how to do that, call the station, we will be happy to come out and explain to you what you need to do, SAFE will do it too—SAFE will come out and assess the home.”

There is a special Garage Safety Tips page on the Taraval.org website that helps people secure against this problem.

“Auto boosts – we had 150 last month, that’s a lot, they are all over—you can see on the map. So far this month we have 56, so that’s a little bit under. We are hoping, with increased staffing and visibility that we won’t see that again.

“As far as Vehicle Collisions with Injury, we have 31 last month and we are at 17 this month, higher than I want them—I don’t want them at all, but that’s what we have.”

Question: What is the response to the increase in population in the area within the same housing? They often have cars and no parking.

“There is an increase throughout San Francisco, without a doubt. I have heard of a garage, without a kitchen—they used the barbeque for cooking—that was rented out for housing for $2600 a month. We are going to see that increasingly in the City. But I think that’s a complaint, like the Google buses, that falls into the category of zoning and is more in the line of the Board of Supervisors plan. How is that going to change, like when a building that was zoned for two levels is now zoned for seven—with no additional parking. It’s going to change but we have no control over that. Planning could deal with that on zoning but PD is concerned with enforcement."

Question*: Is there an increase in crime due to the “early release” program? Even in this district?

“I do feel like Prop 47 is a factor in the increase in crime. I presented a response to that question to the Police Commission, and I think there is a correlation between the increase in victims and the early release from Prop 47.

“I think it’s because there was a time when suspects and people who broke the law were given consequences and sentences, and even if that sentence was only nine months in county jail—what was once nine months is now nine hours in county jail. And if there is no consequence it just keeps going and it keeps going. So until we can see a judicial system within San Francisco that is willing to hold the bad guys accountable with consequences—and it’s not just the DA’s office, we are often to quick to jump on Gascon, and I will too at times, but also the judges. The judges need to be willing to listen to the DA and hold people accountable. But remember we are in San Francisco, someone who breaks into a car in San Francisco may get a day or two, go down to San Mateo County and commit a crime, and they’ll receive a much tougher sentence.”

“Across the City property crimes are up. What we do now is track our cases. We’ve always tracked our cases, but we are doing it more in depth now, because we need to see, once we arrest the bodies, what happens to them? Are they being let out? Remember a week-and-a-half ago, the robbery that occurred on Judah at the mom-n-pop laptop-fix your iPhone place? Three bad guys with guns, they do the robbery, big chase down Market Street, people getting hurt; two of those guys were already on probation. One of them was on a federal narcotics probation. One of the subjects, I looked at the picture because I was a burglary inspector for Taraval years ago—I looked at the picture and I thought—oh I know that guy! One of the subjects, last time he was in state prison was one of my cases so we put him away for four years. But they are the same people who are coming back, doing the same thing. So until we stop that sort of rotation in-and-out, in-and-out, we are going to see a rise in crime.

Question: if they spend more time in jail does that make them straighten up?

“That’s the question we always ask, right? So instead of the Department of Corrections it’s the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, it’s schooling, it’s having jobs for people—there’s a bigger sociological question that we could be discussing. Yes, all those things come into play, but for the purposes of law enforcement we stay true to what our mission is and the community that we serve, and we do the best we can every day.”

Staffing – the staff at Taraval Station has increased 10%. The Captain is very happy, “not only are they sending us really good officers, they’ve increased the TNT team to one Sergeant and six bodies. We hope to increase TNT to eight officers and one Sergeant. We have four officers who are ready to get into that unit. They are making great arrests—the marijuana grow house on 46th Avenue, a big narcotics arrest in Oceanview with cocaine, they are picking up people with guns, they got a child pornography guy who was a sex registrant—they are doing great work, I couldn’t be happier for them, and they are really good because Sergeant Ryan Crosby looks at the whole district. He doesn’t just look out in the Oceanview, but he looks wherever there are crimes occurring.”

Question: if you observe a suspicious business where there seems to be something illegal going on, who would you talk to?

“You can mention it to me, to the website or the Taraval email on the website. We go through that thoroughly. Recently we had this gentleman who said ‘there’s this house at this address, and I think there is prostitution going on and human trafficking. And he was absolutely right. I contacted our Special Victims Unit and they got on it. We are only as good as the information we have. So if you have something like that where you have this building or house and it smells really bad—that’s how we got the last grow house. One of the neighbors reported that it ‘smelled really bad, and Supervisor Tang’s office brought it to our attention. We had PG&E go out and look at the meter to check the residential usage for power. With the complaint from the citizen, information from PG&E and the investigation conducted by our officers, a search warrant was obtained. All because you guys are our eyes and ears. Some of the things we look into are very successful, and some of them may not be what you thought they were, but at least give us the opportunity to look into it.”

Toy Drive in cooperation with Walgreens and the SF Housing Authority – be sure to take an unwrapped toy to the collection points at all the Walgreens. These toys are shared with children who would not otherwise have any presents.

Sgt. Kevin MannixSergeant Kevin Mannix, who has been a longtime presence at the Community Safety Meetings will only be attending one more meeting because he has family obligations that make it too difficult. “A lot of time,” said Captain Flaherty, “we really give our all, our heart and soul to the community, and sometimes we forget we don’t get that time back and it’s our families that suffer. Our thanks to Sergeant Mannix for his years of extraordinary service.”

“I take my role very seriously as Captain of the station, I’m willing to give my heart and soul to the role, but the only thing I ask is, when we come here to this meeting, that we do so in a positive and respectful manner. If you come with contention, if you are upset, please let me know before the meeting. I believe our officers work really hard, and if you are in that place that you can’t be happy with what I’m doing as commanding officer, and you have that conversation with me and you still can’t be happy with me, I hope that if you can’t come to this place and be positive and respectful, that this may not be the community meeting for you.

“I’ve worked really hard my whole career, it’s really difficult for me to hear that people say they can’t respect me in the position because I’m a female. It’s very hard. When I went home, I shared this story with my daughter, who is thirteen, to let her know that no matter what people may think about you, you have to keep pushing on. I just want you guys to know that I stand here with an open heart, and I want you to know where I’m coming from. We are here for you and we serve you whole-heartedly. I want you to know that before you walk out the door.”

Remark: …when I saw your name and that you were Captain here, and then when I see you here speaking and you seem like you are doing such a good job, I want you to know how proud of you I am.

Remark: Captain Flaherty, I want to personally thank you. You are respectful, you are responsive, you respect people, and there were some issues that you inherited when you came on this job that you have quickly taken care of. You have been really easy to work with and we’re glad you are here.

“I want us to feel like we are doing something for the community collectively. We have a job as far as law enforcement and you guys also have a commitment to your community and I just want to make sure we are always moving in the right direction to find resolutions to make our community better.”

Question: I know that these officers are really busy, but could we get a chance to meet them, maybe one at each meeting, so we kind of know who they are.

“Yes, I encourage officers to come in but I also encourage officers to go out to the small neighborhood meetings, the neighborhood watches. I do that because, it’s one thing for the officers to always hear it from the bosses, but when they sit with you and look you in the eye and they know what your complaint is, it sticks with them. It is a valuable use of the officer’s time and I will absolutely start adding that to the agenda.

* Question from Westside Observer

December 2015

SFPD Toy Collection Drive

The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s help to bring holiday cheer to children in need this season.

In partnership with Walgreens, San Francisco Police will be accepting donations of new unwrapped toys at local San Francisco Walgreens drugstores from November 1, 2015 to December 15, 2015.

Individuals can purchase or drop off a new unwrapped toy at any San Francisco Walgreens which will be collected by the police department and donated to a child in need this holiday season.

On November 12, Police Chief Suhr and the Director of Pharmacy and Retail, Gorman Moy, officially kick started the toy drive at the Walgreens on 3001 Taraval St.

NOTE: Not all crimes are reported in the weekly reports—this is a truncated version.

Sunday 11/1

DUI Violation – Arrested

11:13 pm | Sunset Blvd & Ulloa St

A vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a red light. The driver exhibited watery eyes, an odor of alcoholic beverages on her breath and other signs of being intoxicated. After a field sobriety test the driver was later arrested.

Warrant Arrest – Arrested

10:28 am | 4000 Judah St

After a report of a suspicious person, officers located the person and a check on the person revealed that he had warrants for his arrest. He was arrested.

Arrest in Taraval Homicide

On October 11, at about 8:07 am, San Francisco Police responded to the 100 block of Broad Street on the report of a possible shooting victim at a commercial establishment. Upon arriving at the scene, officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso. San Francisco Fire Department Medics transported the victim to the hospital where ultimately he succumbed to his injuries. From evidence gathered at the crime scene, officers were able to identify suspects and determined the victim was shot and killed during the commission of a commercial burglary.

On October 30, investigators from the SFPD Homicide Unit along with members of the Oakland Police Department conducted a joint surveillance operation in Oakland. A search warrant was served and two suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Justin Irvin, a 36 year-old male, and Angel Grayson, a 27 year-old female, both Oakland residents, were arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and burglary.

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

On October 27 at 6:45pm, SF Police Officers from Taraval Station responded to an attempted armed robbery that occurred at a market on the 500 block of Kirkham Street. In this incident, the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded money. The victim was fearful and walked away from the cash register. The suspect fled the scene without taking anything.

Within 30 minutes, the robber struck again. This time at a gasoline service station on the 400 block of Divisadero in the Northern Police District, where the suspect fled a gas station after taking cash from the cash register. Video retrieval officers from Taraval Station produced suspect images from video surveillance cameras and sent it via e-mail crime alerts to the officer’s smart phones.

On October 28th, members of the Gang Task Force (GTF) reviewing the crime alerts recognized the suspect in both of the armed robbery cases. The suspect was identified as Sekou Carson, male, 45 of San Francisco.

On October 28th, GTF apprehended Carson without incident, at a hotel on the 100 block of Sixth Street and found evidence related to the robberies. Carson was booked into SF County Jail on felony charges of robbery and aggravated assault. A probation hold was also placed on Carson, who is on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for a prior narcotics and firearm conviction.

Tuesday 11/3

Check forgery – Arrested

2:10 pm | 1500 Sloat Blvd

A teller at a Bank of America told officers the suspect attempted to cash a check on an account that was inactive. A co-worker contacted the owner of the check who stated that they did not know who the suspect was. The officer arrested the suspect.

Wednesday 11/4

Carrying Concealed Weapon – Probation Violation – Under the Influence

8:59 pm | 25th Ave & Kirkham St

Officers responded to a report of a person yelling at passersby. A search of the suspect revealed a concealed bread knife tucked into his pant’s waistband. A computer check revealed that the suspect was on probation. He was arrested

Shoplifting – Cited

6:18 pm | 3200 20th Ave

Store employees observed two suspects select numerous items and enter the fitting room with them—then exit the store. They did not find any of the items in the fitting room. They were detained and cited.

Assault

5:30 am | 1400 19th Ave

A gas attendant told officers that a homeless man attempted to use the bathroom to do drugs. When he told the suspect to leave suspect punched the victim in the face and ran away

Thursday 11/5

Threats

4:26 pm | 200 Ralston St

The victim said that the suspect’s parked car had blocked his driveway so the victim had the vehicle cited. The suspect threatened to hit the victim with a bat when he came back to his vehicle. .

Friday 11/6

Assault – Arrested

11:55 pm | 1200 41st Ave

The victim of a vehicle collision said that a suspect he had known since high school called and asked to meet outside. When he complied, the suspect drove at the victim to hit him with his car. The victim jumped away and the vehicle hit a parked car. The victim stated he thought the suspect may be mentally ill. The suspect was arrested.

Assault – Arrested

10:04 pm | Castenada Ave

The victim said that he and the suspect were having an argument over his driving. She threw his laptop against the wall, it ricocheted and hit the victim. Her account did not match up. After further investigation, the she was arrested.

Marijuana for Sale – Cited

11:00 am | 1100 Eucalyptus Dr

A school security officer observed the suspect showing a plastic baggie to another male and she smelled marijuana. When suspect grabbed his back pack and attempted to run away he was detained. He was cited and released to his parents.

Search Warrant – Marijuana for sale – Probation Violation – Arrested

9:20 am

Sergeants and officers conducting a search warrant at an undisclosed location located numerous marijuana plants as well as weapons which were in violation of the suspect’s probation. The suspect was arrested.

Saturday 11/7

Robbery

6:04 am | 2000 Ocean Ave

An employee said that the suspect walked into the store and pushed the victim aside, opened the register, stole the money from it and fled the scene.

DUI – Traffic Violation – Cited

6:45 am | 1500 Funston Ave

A vehicle collided with a pole. The driver was slumped over the steering wheel with evidence of narcotic paraphernalia visible. The driver failed a field sobriety test. He was cited and released at the hospital.

Sunday 11/8

Battery – Arrested

3:48 am | San Anselmo Ave

The witness saw the suspect chase after the victim and the victim fell on to the floor. While talking to the victim to make sure she was OK, the suspect pushed the witness on to the ground and both victim and suspect fled. Officers located them hiding in the bushes. The victim said they were drinking at a bar and got into an argument. They both refused to answer any further questions. The suspect was arrested.

Battery

1:50 pm | Kirkham St & 38th Ave

The victim, reporting at Taraval Station, saw the suspect urinating across the street. He confronted the suspect and called him a derogatory name. This led to an injury. The suspect was joined by a second suspect and both kicked the victim while he was on the ground. Both suspects fled

Monday 11/9

Battery – Arrested

11:33 pm | West Portal Ave & Ulloa St

The victim told the officers that he and the suspect were drinking at a bar. The suspect made comments about the victim’s mother. The suspect wanted to drive home, but the victim was afraid that she was too intoxicated to drive. The victim tried to hold her back but the suspect kicked the victim in the face. Other officers responded to the suspect’s home and arrested her.

Burglary – Possession of Stolen Property

2:06 pm | 1200 17th Ave

The victim someone broke into his car that morning when it was parked on Bush St, and a set of keys to this address was stolen. His security camera revealed the suspect that broke into his car was the same that broke into his house later. The suspect was detained and a search revealed the victim’s property. The suspect was arrested.

Monday 11/10

Trespassing – Battery – Arrested

9:05 am | 1100 Ocean Ave

A victim, reporting a person trying to break in, told the officers that he was inside at work, when the suspect walked in, apparently intoxicated, refusing to leave, attempting to open the doors to other business and apartments. The suspect shoved the victim, the suspect was arrested.

Robbery

8:23 pm | 24th Ave & Eucalyptus Dr

The victim said he was skateboarding down the street when the suspect ran up to him demanding his property. He told the suspect that he did not have anything and emptied his pockets. The suspect then rummaged through victim’s backpack, but did not take anything, then ran off.

Assault

12:33 pm | Ocean Ave & Brighton Ave

The victim told the officers that four of her friends (suspects) told her to meet up on Ocean Ave at Brighton. When the she arrived, the four suspect began to punch and kick her. The victim had no idea why she was assaulted by the suspects.

Tuesday 11/17

Shoplifting – Cited

2:45 pm | 3200 20th Ave

A Loss Prevention employee observed a known suspect who had previously caused problems take items and conceal them in a bag before leaving the store. Loss Prevention detained him. Officers cited him.

Robbery

6:17 pm | 9th Ave & Irving St

The victim said that she eating a slice of pizza while walking back to work when a suspect came up to her and struck her on her face. The suspect picked up the pizza, eating it while walking away.

Threats – Arrested

11:20 | 2300 41st Ave

The victim flagging down officers said that her ex had been following and making threats to harm her. She was driving when the suspect cut her off, exited his vehicle and made threats. At the station to make a supplemental report, the suspect sent a text to the victim saying that he was in front of her house. Officers responded to the house and arrested him.

Wednesday 11/18

Possession of Marijuana for Sale

6:07 pm | 200 Shields St

Smelling marijuana, officers located a parked vehicle with the suspect standing by the passenger door. They noticed a large amount marijuana on the floorboard of the vehicle along with a scale. The suspect’s vehicle revealed addional drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery – Arrested

12:30 am | 100 Cambon Dr

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The victim, an employee, said that he observed the suspect stealing a can of beer and cookies. When he confronted the suspect, the suspect punched the victim in the chest. A struggle ensued and they began wrestling on the ground. The suspect also punched another victim who tried to assist. Officers arrived on scene and arrested the suspect.

Friday 11/20

Robbery

2:11 pm | 34th Ave & Lincoln Way

The victim was riding his bicycle when the suspect approached him and demanded his bicycle. When the victim refused tsuspect punched him, grabbed the bicycle and fled the scene.

Search Warrant – Cited

7:08 am | Undisclosed

While conducting a search warrant regarding a burglary, the suspect initially refused to give officers entry to his location. The search warrant was executed; the officers located methamphetamine and suspect was arrested for delaying officer’s duty and for possession of methamphetamine.

Saturday 11/21

Traffic Collision – DUI – Arrested

2:16 am | Skyline Blvd & John Muir Dr

A vehicle collided with another vehicle which traveling the wrong way. SFFD was already on scene and assisted in extricating the occupants of the vehicles. Medic observed symptoms of being intoxication. The officers obtained a search warrant for the driver’s blood. The driver was arrested.

Battery

9:47 pm | Ocean Ave & Captiol Ave

The victim sporadically hired the suspect to help him with painting jobs. When he met with the suspect to pay him, the suspect insisted that he was entitled to more money. The suspect punched the victim and fled the scene.

Sunday 11/22

Driving Under the Influence – Carry Concealed Weapon – Battery on Officer

10:07 pm | Lawton St & 19th Ave

Officers observed a vehicle making an illegal left turn. There was a strong alcoholic smell and the driver seemed intoxicated. Failing a field sobriety test, she became belligerent, using her knee to strike at an officer. A search revealed a long knife hidden by the driver’s seat. She was arrested

Drunk – Prohibited weapons

12:19 am | Cambon Dr

An employee told the officers that the suspect was being verbally argumentive and aggressive towards the bar’s patrons. The suspect appeared intoxicated. He wasinitially to be detained at the Drunk Tank for 4 hours but a search revealed brass knuckles and the suspect was arrested.

Robbery

2:07 pm | 200 Sagamore St

The victim said that the suspect purchased an item from him but was not satisfied with the purchase, so he grabbed other items from the garage and fled, after striking the victim.Tuesday 11/24

Theft – Possession of Stolen Property

3:00pm | Irving St & 9th Ave

Captain Cherniss was on patrol of Irving St and 9th Ave when a witness told Captain Cherniss that she saw a suspect in possession of mail that that did not belong to him. When he discarded the mail the witness picked it up and provided it to Captain Cherniss and pointed him out. After a consensual search found a small Amazon box that had a name and address that was not the suspect’s, nor was the mail that was discarded. When officers contacted the rightful owner of the Amazon box, the victim she said she presumed the delivery person would secure the package inside the front gate. The suspect was arrested.

Transportation of Marijuana - Arrested

5:28 am | 19th Ave & Lawton St

Officers observed a vehicle making an illegal left turn and conducted a traffic stop. Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside. A check on the driver revealed that he did not have a driver’s license and there was a warrant for his arrest. A search found a large amount of marijuana in individually packaged plastic bags. The suspect was arrested.

Wednesday 11/25

Burglary Tools – Narcotic Paraphernalia

2:10 am | Junipero Serra Blvd & Sloat Blvd

A sergeant was searching for a burglary suspect when he observed a person trying to hide being a parked car. A computer check revealed an arrest warrant. An arrest search on the suspect and his property revealed multiple tools that could be used for burglary and narcotic paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested.

Shoplifting – Cited

9:33 pm | 200 West Portal Ave

A store manager followed a suspect before the officer arrived on scene and stopped the suspect from fleeing. She observed the suspect enter the store, take several items and leave the store without paying. After further investigation, the suspect was cited.

Friday 11/27

Robbery

7:04 pm | Gonzalez Dr & Josepha Ave

The victim said that he was walking on the sidewalk when he felt a tap on his shoulder. When the victim turned around, the suspect was holding a firearm aimed at him and demanding his items. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene.

Dog Bite – Cited

4:00 pm | 100 Crespi Dr

The victim said that she was in the lawn area of her apartment when she was bitten by a dog that was not on a leash. The victim pointed out where the dog and it’s owner lived. The officers made contact with the owner and cited her.

Possession of Stolen Property – Cited

11:43 pm | 1700 14th Ave

Officers responded to a report of people sleeping inside a vehicle. One of the occupants told the officers that she was on probation-a computer check confirmed. A search of the vehicle also revealed a stolen license plate. The vehicle owner was cited.

Saturday 11/28

Stolen Vehicle – Traffic Collision

9:47 pm | 00 Berkshire Way

A witness told officers that after a collision, four suspects excited the vehicle. A computer check on the vehicle revealed that it had been stolen the previous day. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect and a witness said they saw a suspect going into a backyard. A search located the driver but not the other three suspects. He was arrested for multiple offenses.

Battery

9:16 pm | Summit St

The victim said he heard someone ringing the door bell and pounding on the door. The victim decided to ignore it, but the pounding got louder. The victim looked out and saw the suspect trying to throw his garbage can around. The victim opened the door and told the suspect, his ex, to leave. The suspect refused and attempted to hit him with her purse. Then, the suspect punched the victim and fled the scene.

Editors Note: This is an abbreviated version of the Police Report that can be found at taraval.org

Officers responded to a battery. The victim said that he had broken up with the suspect a day ago and the suspect wanted to come over and talk. While they were talking, the suspect got angry and began pushing and hitting the victim. The victim called 911, but the suspect was trying to stop the victim from calling. Officers arrived on scene and investigated the incident. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery

1:05 pm | 100 Arch St

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The victim said that he was walking on the sidewalk when two suspects approached him. One of the suspects approached from the front and the other from the rear. Suspect 1 brandished a weapon and demanded his property while suspect 2 searched the victim’s pockets. The suspects then fled the scene after taking the victims property.

Sunday 11/29

Battery – Arrested

12:13 am | Santa Monica Way

Officers responded to a report of a battery. The victim said that he and the suspect, his father, were having an argument. Afterwards, the victim left with the house his mother. When the victim came back home, all his belongings had been thrown out his bedroom window and into the backyard. Another round of arguments started and the victim said that the suspect also slapped him twice. After further investigation, the suspect was arrested.

Shoplifting – Resisting or Delaying – Cited

7:04 pm | 2200 Taraval St

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter. Officers arrived on scene and met with the witness, a clerk. The witness told the officers that he had seen the suspect stealing on other occasions. This incident, the suspect selected numerous items, went into the back of the store and then got a cup of coffee before attempting to walk out of the store. The witness detained the suspect until officers arrived on the scene. Upon questioning, the suspect gave the officers a false name but after further conversation, the officers convinced the suspect to stop falsifying information. The suspect was cited.

Shoplifting – Cited

7:31 | 200 Winston Dr

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter. The witness, a loss prevention agent, recognized a suspect with a past history of stealing from the store. Loss Prevention observed the suspect selected a jacket, enter the women’s restroom and then walked straight out of the store while still holding the jacket. Loss Prevention detained the suspect and called the police. Officers arrived and cited the suspect.

Next Taraval Community Meeting: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 7 pm – 8 pm at Taraval Station Community Room / 2345 24th Ave SF

December 2015

Next Taraval Community Meeting: Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 • 7 pm – 8 pm at Taraval Station Community Room / 2345 24th Ave SF

CAPTAIN FlahertyFall is here and we are all approaching the time of year when everything seems to get really busy. Once Halloween is over, we all shift very quickly into the holidays. During this time, please take the time to plan out your days. I know we can all sometimes find ourselves in a rush and this can cause serious traffic collisions within our community. We ask that you please slow down when driving and pedestrians please travel safely through our district as well. With the holidays, comes a high increase of package deliveries to your homes. We also see a high increase of criminals who will steal your packages off your front steps. We recommend when ordering on line, that you request a signature when packages are being delivered. Also be good neighbors. Talk to your neighbors if you are expecting a package. Let them be your eyes when you are not home to receive a package. It is common that a criminal we follow a block or two behind delivery trucks and pick up the packages after they are delivered and left unattended. If you witness this type of criminal activity, call 911.

When utilizing 911 or the non emergency 415-553-0123, please take the time to describe to the call taker the incident you are experiencing. The call taker has not experienced the incident you are calling about and the more information you can give, the better the officers of Taraval Station can serve you. In cases when an incident may change and has become more urgent, call again. For lower priority calls, i.e noise complaints, homeless concerns, if you feel there has not been a response by officers in a reasonable amount of time, call again. Finally, when making a complaint for a quality of life issue, if you wish to speak with an officer, let the call taker know. This will ensure the responding officers make contact with you before clearing the call for service. Finally, if you have an ongoing complaint or concern within your neighborhood, please contact Sgt Kevin Mannix or myself. This will allow us to evaluate the situation and develop an enforcement plan specific to you concern.

Recently, the City and County of San Francisco launched the SF311 Mobile App. “The SF311 Mobile app lets you submit a number of service requests quickly and on the go where ever you happen to be in San Francisco.”

The SF311 app lets you submit the follow types of service request:

• Abandoned Vehicles • Graffiti

• Illegal Postings

• Street and Sidewalk cleaning

• Streetlight Repair

• Blocked Sidewalk or Space

• Damaged Public Property

• Litter Receptacles

• Sign Repair • Street/Sidewalk Defects

• Tree Maintenance.

To get started download the SF311 app to your smart phone and click the “New Request” icon.

Last month Taraval Station experienced significant member movement during promotions of Sergeants and Lieutenants, as well as a number of officers. We are thankful to have increased our officer staffing by 10 percent and also increased our number of sergeants assigned to Taraval Station. With this increase in staffing came an increase in the number of officers deployed to work at night. We also gained Sgt Ryan Crosby to lead our TNT unit. I am very pleased to welcome the below members to Taraval Station:

Lt. Martha Juarez, Lt. Richard Goss, Lt. Ed Delcarlo, Sgt. Mark Yesitis, Sgt. Wagganmann, Sgt. Ryan Crosby, Sgt. Rene Nielsen, Sgt. Eric Lau, Sgt. Oscar Barcena, Off. Sean Cody, Off. Dennis Hoang, Off. Eric Berreneche, Off. Lars Nelson, Off. Anthony Gomez, Off. Nathan Lim, Off. Ricardo Ramirez

In closing, as always, please join in the conversation and my monthly Captain’s Community Meeting which takes place on the third Wednesday of each month.

NOTE: Not all crimes are reported in the weekly reports—this is a truncated version.

Tuesday 9/1

Battery – Cited

2:41 pm |100 West Portal Ave

A victim stated that she was walking down the street when suddenly a suspect hit her once behind the head and continued walking. The victim pointed out to where the suspect was. The suspect was cited.

Thursday 10/1

Battery

7:17 am |15th Ave & Kirkham St

A victim was walking on the steps of 15th Ave, when the suspect, who was working out, told the victim to move over. When his dog yelped in pain an argument ensued and the suspect grabbed the victim by his neck. The suspect eventually ran up the stairs and fled the scene.

Suspect – white male :: 55-60 years :: 5’10” tall :: 200 lbs :: brown hair

Exhibiting a weapon – No Drivers License Issued – Methamphetamine Offense

9:42 pm | 1200 19th Ave

A victim said that he was getting gas when the suspect backed into his vehicle. The victim caught up to the suspect’s vehicle and knocked on the passengers window. The passenger then took out a gun. When officers were called, they located the vehicle, its driver, and the suspect. It was only a BB gun, but a computer check revealed the driver had no license but did have methamphetamine. both the driver and passenger were cited.

Wednesday 10/7

Robbery – Possession of Stolen Property

12:20 pm | 800 Head St

A vehicle pulled up next to a victim walking on the street. The suspect got out of the passenger seat and pointed a knife at him. When officers broadcast a description, officers from the Bayview Police station detained matching suspects, located the victims’ property. The suspect was arrested. One suspect is still outstanding.

Friday 10/9

Assault

11:59 pm | 46th Ave & Judah St

An employee said that the suspect walked into the store while yelling nonsense. The victim escorted the suspect out of the store. Suspect tried to punch the victim but missed. Victim punched the suspect in self-defense, who picked the victim up and threw him, head first, on to the ground.

Suspect – white male :: 35-45 years :: 6’00” tall :: brown hair.

Sunday 10/11

Robbery – Vandalism

5:39 pm | 1200 9th Ave

The victim was trying to park in his garage but a suspect blocked him. After a heated argument the victim started to film the suspect, who grabbed the phone and threw it on the ground before driving away.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 20-25 years :: 5’9” tall :: 190 lbs :: brown hair

Burglary – Shooting

8:04 am | 100 Broad St

Officers responded to a report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and determined a business had been burglarized and a shooting had occurred.

Monday 10/12

Attempted Robbery

2:59 am | 1600 Lincoln Way

The intoxicated victim told officers he refused to comply with suspects who wanted his car and was struck by a suspect’s bb gun. Then all the suspects fled into the park.

Tuesday 10/13

Robbery

5:18 am | 1200 Ocean Avenue

An employee said the suspect came from the back door, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. The victim gave the suspect some money and the suspect exited the store to an unknown location.

Suspect – Black male :: 30-40 years :: 6’1” tall :: 180 lbs :: black hair

Burglary – Opiates – Arrested

8:36 pm | 1200 21st Ave

The victims were taking the garbage out and noticed the suspect inside their storage area. They saw that many of the storage area’s cabinet doors were standing open and numerous items strewn on the floor. Searching the suspect, officers found opiates on his person. He was arrested.

Sunday 10/18

Theft – Battery

9:35 pm | 19th Ave & Winston Dr

The victim felt her cell phone being tugged at. As she turned around she noticed the suspect who said she tripped—wasn’t trying to steal the phone. The victim took a photo of the suspect. The suspect punched the victim a several times in the head.

Monday 10/19

Carrying Concealed Weapons – Lost Property – Probation Violation

12:50 pm | 100 Majesteic Ave

A witness observed a possible auto burglary. The responding officer recognized the suspect from previous police contacts inside a white Honda that was identified as stolen. The suspect carried items used for burglary or stealing cars and a concealed steak knife. The suspect was arrested.

Friday 10/23

Indecent Exposure

12:53 PM | Holloway Ave

An officer was flagged down by a party who identified an indecent exposer. The suspect who denied any act of Indecent Exposure. A computer check later revealed previous counts of Indecent Exposure violations. The officer then took the suspect under arrest.

Monday 10/26

Possession for Sale – Arrest

4:35 PM | 147 Victoria St

An officer was on patrol in the area when he observed the rear light lamp of the vehicle next to him was out. The officer conducted a traffic stop and a computer check revealed that the driver was on probation. After a search of the individual and the vehicle; the officer found what was later determined to be narcotics which seemed to be intended for sale. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Thursday 10/29

Robbery

12:38 pm |200 Winston Dr

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The victim told the officers that she had just deposited the business’ money when the suspect came towards her. The suspect pointed a pocket knife at her, grabbed the deposit bag and ran away.

Suspect – Black male :: 29 – 31 years :: 5’4” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair.

Friday 10/30

Robbery

11:49 am | Buckingham Way & 19th Ave

The victim said that he had his wallet out and was trying to put a card in when the suspect came from behind, pushed him onto the ground and stole the wallet.

More reports: taraval.org

November 2015

Next Taraval Community Meeting: Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center / 650 Capitol Ave, SF

NOTE: Not all crimes are reported in the weekly reports—this is a truncated version.

Tuesday 9/1

Battery – Cited

2:41 pm |100 West Portal Ave

A victim stated that she was walking down the street when suddenly a suspect hit her once behind the head and continued walking. The victim pointed out to where the suspect was. The suspect was cited.

Robbery with Force

12:11 am | 1500 45th Ave

A fight on the street was reported, the victim said he had been walking down the street when the suspect suddenly came from behind, punched him in the face and unsuccessfully tried to pull his backpack off. The suspect ran away when someone called out, but the suspect was able to steal the victim’s cell phone.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 5’10” tall

Suspect #2 – unknown male

Wednesday 9/2

Robbery

3:40 pm | 500 Faxon Ave

An elderly victim stated that she was walking home when someone suddenly pulled on her purse which caused her to fall backwards and hit her head on the ground. A suspect then pepper sprayed her and ran off with her items.

Suspect – hispanic female :: 15-17 years :: 5” tall :: 170 lbs :: blond hair

Suspect – hispanic female :: 15-17 years

Suspect – white female :: 15-17 years

Thursday 9/3

Assault with Weapon – Battery

8:30 pm | 1500 Sloat Blvd

A man was walking towards a restaurant when he encountered a suspect yelling obscenities at him for no reason and came at him aggressively, raised a canister of mace and spayed it at the victim. After they wrestled for a few minutes, the suspect left the scene. Officers arrested the suspect for the assault.

Vehicle Burglary – Resisting /Delaying –

6:35 am | Quintara St & 22nd Ave

Three suspects were looking into vehicles with a flashlight. The witness gave the description and direction the suspects were heading. Arriving officers located two vehicles that had been broken into and ordered the suspects to stop, two of the suspects fled and the third suspect was not located. Witnesses identified the suspects and both had stolen property in their possession. The suspects were arrested.

Suspect 1 & 2 – Arrested

Suspect 3 – Hispanic male :: 18-25 years :: 6’00” tall :: 170 lbs :: black hair

Saturday 9/5

DUI Traffic Violation – Arrested

1:19 pm | 1800 19th Ave

A vehicle made an illegal left turn, and officers made a traffic stop The driver who smelled of alcoholic beverages and showed signs of intoxication with slowed speech and watery, bloodshot eyes. The officers conducted a field sobriety test which the driver failed. He was arrested

Burglary – Arrested

12:47 am | 2300 Noriega St

A witness said that they saw the suspect enter the pharmacy section of a Safeway by climbing into the window’s gate. The intrusion set off the alarm and the suspect attempted to flee the scene but an employee and security guard were detained him. After a review of security footage, the suspect was arrested.

DUI – Traffic Violation – Arrested

11:29 pm | Kirkham St & 20th Ave

A driver was passed out inside a motor vehicle that was still in a traffic lane. Responding officers observed that the driver was indeed unconscious, had the smell of alcohol and the keys in the ignition, the vehicle in gear and still running. After the driver was revived, a field sobriety test confirmed the driver’s state. The driver was arrested.

DUI– Traffic Violation – Arrested

1:53 am | Sloat Blvd & 19th Ave

When officers responded to a second report of a driver that was passed out inside a motor vehicle which was still in a traffic lane, the driver was unconscious with the keys in the ignition, the vehicle in gear and still running. The driver smelled of alcohol. After the driver was revived a field sobriety test revealed the driver was drunk. He was arrested.

Sunday 9/6

Marijuana Offense – Arrested

2:43 pm | 700 Irving St

The manager of a coffee shop witnessed two males yelling and pushing each other. and called the officers when the remaining suspect refused to leave. A computer check revealed that the suspect had a warrant for his arrest. A search of the suspect also revealed marijuana and a marijuana pipe. The suspect was arrested.

Assault with force

2:00 am | 3000 San Jose Ave

A clerk for 7-11 was stuck in the head and did not know what had happened. A witness stated that two suspects were arguing with the victim over scratcher tickets. After the argument, the victim went outside to have a smoke. Once outside, one of the suspects punched the victim on the head and both suspects ran into a waiting vehicle that a third suspect was driving.

Suspect 1 – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years :: 5’11” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair

Suspect 2 – Hispanic male :: 20-30 years :: 5’07” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair

Suspect 3– Unknown

Suspect Vehicle – Black Honda Accord

Robbery

7:43 pm | Alemany Blvd & St Charles Ave

A woman was holding on to her cell phone when the suspect suddenly snatched it from her hand. She started yelling and chasing and grabbed one of the suspect’s legs. Her neighbors jumped in to immobilized the suspect until the police arrived. The suspect was arrested.

Tuesday 9/8

Shoplifting – Arrested

5:39 pm | 3200 20th Ave

An employee saw the suspect select numerous items from the store and put them in his pockets, then left the store without paying. The officer was unable to confirm his identity therefore the suspect was arrested.

Shoplifting – Cited

9:00 am | 100 West Portal Ave

An officer was in the store when he observed a suspect take packages of coffee grounds and putting them in his pants. Failing to pay for the merchandise before he left the store, the officer detained the suspect and he was cited.

Wednesday 9/9

Robbery – Traffic Collision

7:47 pm | 800 Ulloa St

Three men approached a victim at a gas station. They asked first for directions, then for money, which he gave. When they demanded his iPhone, the victim punched one man who leaned into the open car window. The victim panicked and pressed on the gas causing a collision with another vehicle. The suspects fled the scene.

Suspect – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’9” tall :: 170 lbs :: black hair

Suspect – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’9” tall :: 190 lbs :: black hair

Suspect – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’7” tall :: 140 lbs :: black hair

Suspect vehicle silver Hyunda Sonata

Robbery – Fraud

7:42 pm | Moncada Way & Cedro Ave

A suspect told the victim her wallet was stolen and she needed her check cashed because her rent was due. The victim agreed to help. Another suspect joined them and both suspects demanded she take her own money out of the ATM. Intimidated, she took out some money and gave it to the suspects.

Suspect – Black female :: 32 years :: 5’4 tall :: 130 lbs :: brown hair

Suspect – Black male :: 30-35 years :: 5’7” tall :: 190 lbs :: black hair

Saturday 9/12

Sexual Battery

16:02 pm | 19th Ave & Judah St

The victim said the suspect grabbed her behind. The victim yelled at the suspect and several other passengers assisted in making sure the suspect got off the bus. Officers detained and cited for the battery.

Robbery

10:05 am | 400 Orizaba St

The victims were sitting in a vehicle when two suspects, one with a gun, approached them and demanded their property. The victims complied and the suspects fled.

Suspect – Black male :: 20-23 years :: 5’10” tall :: 200 lbs :: black hair

Suspect – Black male :: 18-20 years

Sunday 9/13

Battery – Resisting or Delaying Officers – Under the influence of Alcohol

6:56 pm | 2300 Taraval St

Two suspects matching a description of a fight at a bar were walking away. Officers told them to stop. One complied, the other suspect continued to walk away. The victims (bartenders) said suspects attempted to punch the victims. One suspect was arrested for resisting and delaying. Both were arrested for being under the influence.

Battery

9:52 am | 300 Plymouth Ave

The victim, a bus driver, picked up the suspect at BART Station. Throughout the ride, he was screaming profanities. The driver told the suspect to be quiet or leave the bus. He punched the driver and exited the bus.

Suspect – Black male :: 30-40 years :: 5’09” tall :: 160 lbs :: bald

Monday 9/14

Robbery

5:07 am | Ocean Ave & Westgate Dr

A victim, walking down the street heard someone running up from behind. The suspect hit him on the back punched him in the face and stole his cell phone.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years :: 174 lbs :: black hair

Thursday 9/17

Assault – Threats

11:30 am | 19th Ave & Wawona St

The victim got off the 28 bus when he was choked and cut in the shoulders and stomach area. “Never come back to this location again” suspect told victim, he ran home.

Suspect – white male :: 20-30 years :: 6’00” tall :: 140 lbs :: black hair

NOTE: Crimes are reported as space is available, this is not a complete report, nor is the report online at taraval.org, but that site is a more complete source.

October 2015

Next Taraval Community Meeting: Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center / 650 Capitol Ave, SF

Sat - Aug 1

Theft by Trick

11:45 am • 2700 35th Ave

A victim saw a vehicle on Craigslist that he wanted to purchase. He contacted the seller, was instructed to purchase PayPal cards and to provide ID numbers to the suspect. After following the payment instructions, the victim lost contact with the seller and does not believe that the vehicle would be delivered as promised.

Battery

4:31pm • 9th Ave & Judah St

A MUNI Fare Inspector told officers that an unknown suspect hit him on his head with a suitcase like object.

Suspect #1 – black male :: 30 – 35 years :: 5’4’’ tall :: 140 lb

Tue - Aug 4

Warrant Arrest – False Personation

6:34 am • Corona St & Victoria St

A reported suspicious person dropped a baggie onto the ground as officers approached. They retrieved the item containing white powdery residue which was consistent in holding narcotics and the suspect admitted that the baggie contained “meth”. The suspect gave a name, birthday and address which turned out to be false. Fingerprints showed the suspect’s real name and an active warrant. The suspect was arrested for the warrant, false personation, and delaying arrest.

Burglary – Marijuana Offense

200 West Portal Ave

Officers detained a suspect outside a burglarized store, however, officers were unable to link the suspect to the burglary. The suspect provided a false name and had marijuana in his backpack. He was identified and arrested.

Burglary – Vandalism

2:56 am • 600 Urbano Dr

A burglary victim stated that he heard a loud crash coming from the front door and a burglar alarm. He also noticed the front door had been kicked in. He went outside and saw two suspects walking away.

Suspect – white male :: 20-25 years :: 5’10” tall :: 200 lbs :: bald

Suspect – white female :: 20-25 years :: 5’6” tall :: 180 lbs :: brown hair

Thu - Aug 6

Methamphetamine Offense – Cited

7:25pm • Brotherhood Way & Chumasero

A victim stated that her house was burglarized in the Northern District. She tracked her stolen cell phone to a gas station where he saw two people get into a vehicle, she followed the suspect and called the police. Officers detained the suspects and found a plastic bag with white crystals that was suspected to be Methamphetamine. The suspect was cited for the Methamphetamine and the vehicle was towed as a search warrant was necessary to search for the phone.

Fri - Aug 7

Robbery of a Bank

5:50 pm • 2600 Ocean Ave

An employee said suspect came up to her and presented her with a note instructing her to give him the money or else she would be harmed, she complied. Suspect exited the bank into a waiting vehicle.

Suspect-Black male, 30-40 years, 5’4”, 140#

Suspect 2 – Unknown

Vehicle – Unknown gray in color

Sat - Aug 8

Robbery

2:18 am • 1900 Ocean Ave

Victims told officers the restaurant was closed for the day but the door was left ajar. Two suspects entered the restaurant and demanded pizza while brandishing a gun and knife. There was a struggle and one victim suffered a minor cut. Suspects stole the tip jar and exited the restaurant.

Suspect 1 – black male, 49-50 years, 6’0”

Suspect 2 – black male, 49-55 years 5’7”

Vehicle – Unknown silver in color pickup.

Robbery

12:35 am • 29th Ave & Irving St

A robbery victim was walking home when he noticed the suspects sitting in a parked vehicle. They exited the vehicle, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his wallet. The suspects drove off.

Suspect 1 – black male, 30-40 years, 6’0”

Suspect 2 – black female, 27-33 years, 5’7”

Vehicle – Unknown white in color.

Robbery

5:14 am • 1100 Juniper Serra Blvd

A robbery suspect walked into a gas station, selected a bag of chips, brandished a gun demanding money. The victim gave the suspect the money and he left.

Suspect-black male, 27-30 years, 5’9”, 160#

Wed - Aug 12

Battery – Arrested

10:22 pm • 37th Ave

A victim told the officers that she was in a vehicle having a conversation with a suspect who suddenly reached over and grabbed the her cell phone, and exited the vehicle. She tried to follow him, but was shoved to the ground. She tried to get back into the vehicle but suspect pulled her out of the vehicle, entered the vehicle and drove away. Witnesses pointed out which direction suspect had fled. The officers located the suspect and arrested him.

Thu - Aug 13

Robbery

7:50 am • 1800 18th Ave

The robbery victim said she was walking down the street holding onto a cell phone when the suspect approached her, pulled out a knife and demanded the phone. The victim gave the suspect her phone and the suspect fled the area.

Suspect #1 – Hispanic male, 25 – 35 years 5’6’’ tal, 180 lb :: gray beanie, dark color jacket, scarf over mouth. Vehicle – gray Ford SUV

Assault – Threats – DUI

12:16 am • 1300 Irving St

A suspect spit on a bar bouncer, and the who wanted to press charges. The victim said he warned the suspect to stop urinating against the wall of the building. The suspect then spat at the victim, got into a vehicle and attempted to drive towards the victims’ direction. As officers approached the suspect, the vehicle drove away but officers detained the suspect. He showed the signs of intoxication—slurred speech and staggered gait. After a DUI investigation the suspect was arrested.

Fri - Aug 14

Theft – Possession of Stolen Property

12:22 pm • 1600 Ocean Ave

A robbery victim said that she deposited money at the ATM. When she finished, the suspect walked directly to her machine and starting withdrawing money. The victim checked her account using her cell phone and called the police, keeping an eye on the suspect till the police arrived. The officers located the money and the suspect was arrested.

Battery – Cited

3:57 pm • 100 Ramsell St

A battery victim stated that she had an argument with the suspect over the common usage of the laundry machine. During the argument, the suspect pushed and slapped the victim on the face. The victim wanted to press charges. The suspect was located and cited.

Violation of Stay Away

2:40 pm • 2600 23rd Ave

A known suspect with a warrant for his arrest was hanging out in a prohibited area, swinging a stick. The officer arrested him for the warrant.

Sat - Aug 15

Robbery Commercial

4:22pm • 700 Randolph St

A robbery victim said the suspect walked into the store wearing a surgical mask. The victim thought the suspect was sick because he was coughing a lot. The suspect selected some items, placed them on the counter and pulled out a gun from underneath his jacket while demanding money.

Suspect – Black male :: 25-30 years :: 5’9” tall :: 170 lbs :: black hair

Sun - Aug 16

Marijuana cultivation – Arrested

8:02 pm • Sargent St

Officer responded to meet with SFFD regarding a possible grow house in liu of information regarding water problems at that location. Looking into the residence they saw a possible “marijuana grow.” The fire department was about to make emergency forced entry when the suspect ran up to the house saying that was his house and he had the keys. Police entered the building, confirmed the cultivation. The suspect was arrested.

Marijuana offense – DUI – Arrested

5:28 pm • 00 Cerritos Ave

A vehicle accident was reported and officers located the vehicle but found it abandoned with a strong marijuana smell and a container of marijuana in the car. Officers were able to locate the driver, who told the officer that he was never driving a vehicle and he didn’t not know why they stopped him. A witness said he saw the driver driving on two flat tires and that he wanted to press charges against the driver. After a DUI investigation determined that the driver was intoxicated he was arrested

Mon - Aug 17

Trespassing – Cited

10:32 am• 1200 Great Hwy

A hotel owner stated that there was someone in one of the hotel rooms but the room should be empty. The owner opened the room’s door for the officers and the suspect was there with his personal items strewn across the room. The owner wanted the suspect arrested for trespassing. The officers escorted the suspect out of the hotel and cited him for trespassing.

Battery – Arrested

5:27 pm • 1100 Lawton St

The victim told the officers that she and the suspect had been having an argument for the past hour, the suspect became even angrier, punched the windshield and stereo and then also choked and hit the victim before leaving the vehicle. Officers arrested the suspect.

Tue - Aug 18

Burglary – Probation Violation

12:24 pm • 3200 20th Ave

Loss prevention agents detained and arrested a shoplifter and told the officers that they observed two females enter the store with shopping bags. fill up the bags with merchandise and leave the store without paying. Tey were able to detain one of the suspects, the other suspect dropped the merchandise and ran out of the mall.

Suspect – black female :: 5’3” tall :: 100 lbs

Wed - Aug 19

Possession of Marijuana for Sale

12:15 pm • 2100 24th Ave

Officer responded to a marijuana incident. The officer meet with the witness who stated that he was conducting his patrol of the school grounds when he noticed a marijuana smell coming from a locker. The witness, along with other staff members, opened the locker and found marijuana with other items used for sales. The witness and officer contacted the suspect and after further investigation, the suspect was arrested by SFPD.

Sat - Aug 22

Robbery

4:02 pm • 3200 20th Ave

Loss prevention stated that they observed three suspects enter the store, select numerous items and leave the store without paying. In an attempt to detain the suspects employee was kicked and punched before the suspects fled the scene.

Suspect 1– black male :: 14-15 years :: 5’4” tall :: 140 lbs

Suspect 2– black female :: 14-15 years :: 5’1” tall :: 110 lbs :: black hair

Suspect 3– black female :: 14-15 years :: 5’2” tall :: 125 lbs :: black hair

Mon - Aug 24

Under the Influence in Public – Assault

2:17 pm • 1600 46th Ave

A male was reported laying on the front yard, snoring with his pants half down. Officers determined that the suspect was intoxicated. The suspect began to be combative and started kicking the officers and was arrested and transported to county jail.

Attempted Robbery

4:52 am • 1200 Ocean Ave

Prior to the arrival of officers, the robbery suspect fled the scene. The victims were able to flee the store and did not see which direction the suspect fled.

Suspect – Black male :: 30-40 years :: 5’10” tall :: 190 lbs

NOTE: Crimes are reported as space is available, nor is the report online at taraval.org, but that site is a more complete source.

September 2015

Mon - June 1

Theft

10:45 am • 2500 Irving St

A suspect rode away on a new bicycle & never returned.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 35-40 years :: 5’08” tall :: 160 lbs :: blond hair :: brown eyes :: LSW black jacket, red jersey, blue jeans with security tag on, tattoo “SF” on forearm & a red playing card on neck

Robbery

3:50 pm • Noriega St & 28th Ave

A suspect drove up next to a victim who was walking on a sidewalk, pulled out a gun & pressed it against the victim’s stomach, demanding he surrender his belongings. The victim complied, suspect fled.

Suspect – Black male :: 5’08” tall :: 150 lbs. :: black hair :: dark sking :: LSW short hair, white T shirt, dark jeans, armed with a black semi-auto handgun

Suspect Vehicle – White 2015 Chrysler sedan with Arizona license plates

Tue - June 2

DUI-Speeding-Arrested

12:16 am • 31st Ave & Noriega St

A driver determined to be under the influence drove into the back of an occupied police vehicle. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence. The occupants of all the involved vehicles & the suspect were transported to a hospital.

Counterfeit Money

4:22 pm • 3200 20th Ave

Three suspects walked into a store & made purchases with counterfeit currency before fleeing.

Suspect #1 – Asian female, 8-24 years :: 5’02” tall :: 110 lbs. :: black hair with blond tips :: brown eyes :: LSW green dress

Suspect #2 – Black female, 18-24 years :: 5’08” tall :: 200 lbs. :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW black shirt, blue jean shorts

Suspect #3 – Hispanic female,18-24 years

Wed - June 3

Theft

11:13 am

3200 20th Ave

Officers responded to a report of shoplifting. Five suspects walked into the store, took merchandise items, & fled. A store manager managed to retrieve one merchandise item from one of the suspects they fled.

All 5 Suspects – Black female :: 20-25 years

Fraud

3:50 pm • 1400 Funston Ave

A man accepted an email offer to put a company logo on his vehicle in exchange for money. He then received a check for a greater amount than was intended. A suspect told the victim to wire the rest of the money to a second suspect. After he wired the excess amount from his own account, the check from the suspect bounced.

Suspect #1 – male

Suspect #2 – male

Robbery-Arrest

5:17 pm • 1000 Ocean Ave

A suspect asked a victim to borrow a cell phone to make a phone call, however, the suspect began to walk away with it and threatened him. Officers arrested the suspect for robbery.

Fraud

Reported 6:25 pm

300 Shields St

A woman alleged her niece may have forged the victim’s signature to purchase a vehicle used the victim’s identity to help purchase the vehicle. Suspect – Black female :: 25 years :: 5’9” tall :: 225 lbs. :: black hair :: brown eyes

Theft

10:09 pm • 00 Fuente Ave

Officers responded to a report of a stripped vehicle. An unknown suspect had stolen the rear driver side wheel assembly.

Assault

10:23 pm • Wawona St & 46th Ave

An intoxicated passenger tried to pry open a bus door in order to exit. The passenger then hit the bus driver before fleeing the scene.

Suspect – White male :: 35 years :: 5’10” tall :: 190 lbs. :: blond hair :: blue eyes :: LSW blue sweatshirt, black pants, dark shoes, black back pack.

Thu - June 4

Shoplifting

9:09 pm • 1700 Ocean Ave

A store manager saw a suspect place numerous items in a store basket and exit the store without paying. Manager stopped the suspect and retrieved the stolen merchandise. She fled in an auto.

Suspect – Black female :: 35-45 years :: 5’7” tall :: 140 lbs. LSW gray hoodie, black scarf, black back pack, and black tights.

Fri - June 5

Residential Robbery with Gun

1:37 am • 100 Crespi Dr

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The suspects knocked on the door and the victim went to see who it was. Once he opened the door the suspects punched and placed the victim on the ground. They then rushed into the residence while brandishing a gun and ordered the rest of the victims to lie down on the ground. The suspects hit the victims and ransacked the residence before feeling the area. Numerous items were stolen from the house.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’5” tall :: 170 lbs :: LSW white clown mask and a green sweater.

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’8” tall :: 180 lbs :: LSW red hoody, white latex gloves, gray scarf around face, and tan timberland boots.

Remaining 6 Suspects : Black male

Battery

5:39 am • Lake Merced Blvd & State Dr

Officers questioned the nude man who stated that someone had assaulted him and he did not know his personal information. Observing injuries on the man they called medical personnel to assist.

Suspect – Male :: 5’10” tall :: 220 lbs

Aggravated Assault with Gun-Possession of a Loaded Firearm-Arrest

1:51 pm • Brighton & Holloway Ave

Witnesses stated that they observed several suspects start to shooting at each other and one person was injured, then they fled in multiple directions. Officers located one shot victim and his brother who went to drop him off. The brother of the shot victim stated that he shot back at the person shooting at his brother. The officers arrested him for firing a gun at someone else and for carrying a loaded weapon in public.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 19-30 years :: LSW long braids about 10”-12”, and with a semi-automatic pistol that is possibly a Glock.

Suspect #2 –Black male :: 19-30 years :: LSW white t-shirt, blue jeans, with a 38 special black revolver.

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 19-30 years :: LSW white t-shirt, dark blue jeans, with a possible 45 caliber handgun that is black in color.

Suspect #4 –Black male :: 5’10” tall :: 175 lbs :: LSW white t-shirt, short chopped hair, with a semi-automatic weapon that is possibly a 9MM.

Suspect #5 – Black male :: 14-19 years :: LSW white t-shirt, black jeans, and carrying a black sweatshirt.

Suspect #6 – Black male :: 19-30 years :: LSW white t-shirt and black jeans.

Suspect #7 – Black male :: 6’0” tall :: 180 lbs

Suspect #8 – Driver of suspect vehicle that fled the area.

Suspect #9 – Driver of suspect vehicle that fled the area.

Battery

8:57 pm • Kirkham St & 9th Ave

The victim stated that the suspect struck her with a closed fist twice on the face. The suspect then fled the area. The MUNI driver confirmed the statement.

Suspect: Black male :: 25-27 years :: 5’6” slim :: 170 lbs :: black hair :: LSW gray hoodie, gray pants, low haircut.

Sat - June 6

Robbery with Force

9:05 am • Lenox Way & Ulloa St

A juvenile walked into Taraval station with his father to report a robbery. The juvenile stated that he was at a park late at night when a male approached him asking for drugs. The victim stated that he didn’t have any. The suspect and a large group of others then started to chase and hit him and his friends. The suspects stole some of their personal belongings and fled the area.

All 15 suspects were Black males :: 15-18 years

Threats

9:52 am • 00 Cambon Dr

A store employee stated that two suspects entered the store to pick up a vehicle with another person’s reservation. The employee declined. They left the store and returned with another suspect and began verbal threats and throwing. They fled when the police were called.

Suspect #1 – Hispanic female :: 20-30 years :: 5’5” tall :: 260 lbs :: black hair :: LSW blue sweatshirt and a white t-shirt.

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 6’0” tall :: 165 lbs :: black hair :: LSW all dark clothing, blue top and dark jeans.

Suspect #3 – Hispanic female :: 20-30 years :: 5’3” tall :: 110 lbs :: black hair

Warrant Arrest-Arrested

10:56 am • 1300 41st Ave

Officers met with the victim who stated that he had just purchased a property and a man was refusing to leave. The officers conducted a computer records search that revealed the suspect to have an active warrant for his arrest. He was arrested.

Mon - June 8

Assault

2:33 am • 3800 Noriega St

Officers responded to a report of an assault. Three victims said that they were outside a restaurant smoking when one of them made a comment that the suspects did not like. The suspects used an unknown metal object and hit the victims.

Suspects were all Asian male.

Burglary

7:53 am • 1300 10th Ave

The suspect gained entry to the garage by cutting a padlock. Once inside, the suspect stole a bicycle and some tools.

Extortion

11:35 pm • 00 Chumasero Dr

A victim met suspect on an online dating site. After exchanging personal video, the suspect demanded money or the personal video would be posted on the victim’s Facebook account for everyone to see.

Threats – Arrest

10:44 pm • 200 Wilson St

Officers responded to a report of threats. A victim stated a family member made threats to hit her and kill her. Suspect was located and arrested.

Battery – Arrest

4:21 pm • 1800 Vicente St

Officer responded to a report of battery. 2 Victims said the suspect pushed and punch them. The suspect was arrested, given a court summon and released to Juvenile Justice Center.

Tue - June 9

Vandalism and Threatening Phone Calls

9:55 am • 2300 Ocean Ave

A victim said that an ex-boyfriend started calling and cursing at her and yelling profanities. The suspect then showed up to where she was and started breaking items. He left when confronted by co-workers.

Suspect Black male :: 53 years :: 6’0” tall :: 198 lbs. :: black hair :: brown eyes

Theft-Shoplifting

1:20 pm • 3200 20th Ave

A store manager reported that two suspects entered the store and grabbed multiple items. They then fled the store.

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 13-19 years :: 5’6” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair :: LSW stripped Mexican hoodie, jeans, and black with white Jordan shoes.

Suspect #2 – Black female :: 13-19 years :: 5’6” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair :: LSW gray and blue flannel shirt, cut off jean shorts, and black with white shoes.

Battery

8:26 pm • 19th Ave & Sloat Blvd

A couple were in a vehicle when they started having an argument. Suspect slammed her head against the center console causing bruising. Suspect stopped the car and victim walked away.

Suspect – male :: 24 years :: 6’2” tall :: 180 lbs. :: black hair :: brown eyes

Theft from Building

11:33 pm • 00 West Portal Ave

The victim who stated that an unkown suspect stole her personal belonging from the chair she was sitting on while she was at the restroom. An employee stated that the owner of the place could retrieve video surveillance at a later time.

Wed - June 10

Theft

12:05 pm • 22nd Ave & Irving St

A woman walked into Taraval Station to report a theft. She left her belongings unattended on a table at a restaurant. Upon return, they were gone.

Fraud

2:36 pm • 00 Lagunitas Dr.

A man reported he was notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that his & his spouse’s tax return was rejected because someone else used their identity to file a separate return.

Battery-Theft

6:38 pm • 300 Arballo Dr

A woman reported her roommate-who is also the landlord, pushed her after a brief argument. Later, she noticed a check, left unattended in her room was gone. The landlord told her he took the check as rent payment. She did not give him permission to enter her room nor to take her check.

Suspect – White male :: 39 years :: 5’04” tall :: 150 lbs :: shoulder length black hair ponytail :: brown eyes :: LSW black jacket

Fraud

7:50 pm • 00 Lagunitas Dr

A woman was notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that her tax return was rejected because someone else used her identity to file a separate return.

Thu - June 11

Battery

2:43 am • 2900 Taraval St

A fight between two males caused officers to find one male standing on the sidewalk and saw another fleeing the area. The officers detained the fleeing suspect and he stated that he punched the other suspect once, in an attempt to get away from him. The officers offered medical attention but he declined any assistance.

Child Abuse

9:30 am • 300 Brighton Ave

A victim’s mother, alleged that her ex-husband had inflicted bruises on their child.

Accidental Death

9:58 am • 1200 34th Ave

Officers determined that a victim accidentally slipped down a staircase. The medical examiner arrived on scene and took over the investigation.

Public Intoxication – Arrest

12:43 pm • 800 Irving St & 9th St

An aggressive man was screaming, and spitting. Officers determined the suspect to be intoxicated and was unable to care for himself. The officer arrested the individual.

Robbery with Force – Arrest

4:25 pm • 1200 Ocean Ave

In a restaurant, a suspect stole food from the victim when she went to order a drink. She confronted the suspect and he hit her twice on the face with a clenched fist and walked away. The officers arrested the suspect for robbery.

Fri - June 12

Warrant Arrest

7:38 am • 19th Ave & Randolph St

Officers observed two males sitting in a vehicle acting suspicious in an area that is known to be high in crime. A computer check of the vehicle discovered that the registered driver had a warrant for his arrest. The officers arrested the driver.

Expired Registration Tabs – Suspended Drivers License – Warrant Arrest

7:45 am • 19th Ave & Sloat Blvd

Officers observed a vehicle with expired registration tabs. A computer check discovered that the driver had an active warrant for his arrest. The driver was given a court summons for the traffic violations and arrest for the warrant.

Theft from Building

8:42 am 200 West Portal Ave

An employee observed the suspect take a few items and walk out without making an attempt to pay. Officers searched the area for the suspect with no results.

Suspect – Black male :: 57 years :: 6’0” tall :: 180 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, white shoes, and with a beard.

Robbery with Force

11:08 am • 1700 Taraval St

An employee and witnesses stated that two female suspects had stolen multiple items and ran out of the store. The employee was at the entrance/exit of the store to block their path and was shoved out of the way by the suspects causing her injuries. They left the area in a vehicle.

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 20-25 years :: 5’6” tall :: 110 lbs :: LSW long hair, a short shirt that was showing her stomach, and had a thin build.

Suspect #2 – Black female :: 20-25 years :: 5’6” tall :: 110 lbs

Theft by Employee

2:40 pm • 3200 20th Ave

A manager noticed one of the store employee’s register was missing cash on several occasions. The suspected employee admitted to taking money from the register on multiple occasions. The officers arrested the suspect.

Embezzlement – Elder Abuse – Fraud

3:11 pm • 2100 25th Ave

A man stated that his client’s son is living with the client and takes care of her, as she is frail and old. The house is not kept clean and orderly, and he has noticed a large sum of money missing from his client’s accounts.

Suspect – White male :: 54 years :: 5’10” tall :: 190 lbs :: gray hair :: blue eyes :: LSW long hair, bad teeth with several missing.

Sat - June 13

Trespassing

3:34 pm • 2600 Vicente St

Domestic violence incident. Victim stated that her estranged husband somehow got through the front gate and demanded to see their children. He left when she threatened to call the police. Suspect – White male :: 41 years :: 5’8” tall :: 185 lbs :: brown hair :: blue eyes ::

Theft – Shoplifting – Arrested

4:30 pm • 3200 20th Ave

An employee observed the suspect taking a merchandise and exiting the store without paying. He placed the suspect in handcuffs until officers arrived. The suspect was arrested and given a court summons & then released.

Warrant Arrest – Resisting a Peace Officer – Assault- Arrested

5:15 pm • 1900 19th Ave

Officers observed a male suspect whom they recognized as a Wanted Person. Officers attempted to arrest the suspect. He resisted and caused injuries to one of the officers. The officers arrested the suspect for his active arrest warrants and for the above listed violations.

Sun - June 14

Suspicious Death

9:05 am • 100 Aptos Ave

An elderly person at a care home was found unresponsive with a wound. Paramedics arrived & declared the person deceased. Homicide investigators responded & took over the investigation.

Aggravated Assault-Robbery-Arrested

10:13 am • Sunset Blvd & Quintara St

Officers responded to a report of fight on a MUNI bus. Two passengers got into a fight. The victim was beaten & the suspect then fled with the victim’s belongings. Officers found the suspect & arrested him for aggravated assault & robbery.

Mon - June 15

Vehicle Fire

2:34 am • 1700 16th Ave

Officers responded an unknown complain. Officers arrived on scene and observed the fire department putting out a vehicle fire. Fire investigator determined that the fire was suspicious.

Battery

7:50 am • 500 Taraval St

Officers responded to a report of a battery. The victim said that one of her employee’s pushed her down onto the floor and then kicked her. The suspect subsequently fled the area.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 32-25 years :: 5’8” tall :: 160 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes

Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer –Vandalism – Resisting Arrest – Arrested

9:04 am • 200 Stratford Dr

Officers responded to a report of a man trying to break into a residence. Officers arrived on scene and tried to subdue the erratic suspect. The suspect was throwing hard objects at the officers. Officers used their less then lethal (bean bag) weapons to subdue the suspect. The suspect was arrested.

Theft from Person

9:33 am • 19th Ave & Randolph St

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. Officers met with the victim who stated that an unknown suspect had taken her personal belongings, while she was fixing her clothing.

Suspect – Asian male :: 20-30 years :: 5’9” tall :: 150 lbs :: LSW gray hat, and a gray sweatshirt with a hoodie.

Vehicle Burglary – Possession of Stolen Goods – Arrested

1:17 pm • Skyline Blvd & John Muir Dr

Officers responded to a report of a burglary of a vehicle. Officers met with the victim and witness. Witness stated that he observed the suspects break a vehicle. The suspects fled the area after obtaining an item from the vehicle. Officers searched the area for the suspects and located them. The officers arrested the suspects.

Fraud

8:32 pm • 2300 42nd Ave

A woman stated that she received letters from creditors that she owed them money for purchases. She stated that an unknown suspect had stolen her personal information and had used it for the purchases.

Reckless Driving – Speeding – Traffic Violation Arrest

11:20 pm • 280 Southbound Freeway

Officers observed two vehicles pass them at a high rate of speed. It seemed they were racing. The officers observed the vehicles make numerous traffic violations. Both vehicles and the drivers were arrested for the above violations. The drivers was given a court summons & then released.

Tue - June 16

Theft – Shoplifting – Arrested

6:34 pm • 3200 20th Ave

Officers responded to a shoplifting incident. Loss prevent had detained a suspect. The suspect had entered the store carrying an empty bag. She selected merchandise and placed it into the bag and left the store without paying . Suspect was arrested

Trespassing – Vandalism – Arrested

6:38 pm • 500 Capitol Ave

A victim found the suspect inside the house. There were also damages to the front door that the suspect may have damage while gaining entry. The suspect was arrested for the above violations. The suspect was given a court summons & then released.

Thu – June 18

Assault with a knife

1130 am• 1700 16th Ave

Victim walked into Taraval Station regarding an assault and stated that he got into an argument with his sibling. The suspect pulled out a knife and swung it towards the Victim who then suffered a non serious cut to his finger from the incident.

Suspect Asian male :: 53 years :: 5’01” tall :: 150 lbs :: bald head :: brown eyes

Robbery

8:19 am • 1200 14th Ave

A Victim was at the Muni platform and placed her purse on top of the metal guard railing so she can look for something inside. The suspect was driving by in a vehicle and reached out to grabbed the purse and continued driving. The Victim was dragged a few feet and suffered scratches to her knee.

Suspect – Black male :: 20–30 years :: Driving a beige Hyundai

Battery

12:51 pm • 1000 Irving St

A victim stated that he saw an open parking spot, made a U-turn and pulled into the spot. The suspect pulled up next to the Victim and said that was his parking spot. A few minutes later the suspect approached the Victim on foot, pushed and punched the Victim on the chest.

Suspect – Asian male :: 23-27 years :: 5’10” tall :: 160 lbs :: black head :: black eyes driving a black Acura

A Program Manager walked into Taraval Station to report a threat. The witness stated that one of their patient made threats to another patient and wanted the incident documented.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 31 years :: 5’11’’ tall :: 220 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes

Fraud

4:25 pm • 1900 Irving St

Victim came into Taraval Station. Victim stated that he had received a letter from a collection agency regarding an outstanding balance to an account that he did not apply for. Victim conducted a credit check and found out that someone had opened 7 accounts in his name.

Theft – Shoplifting

12:18 pm • 100 West Portal Ave

Officers responded to a theft incident. The Victim stated that a suspect came into the store and stole their tip jar.

Suspect – Black female :: 20-45 years :: 5’7’’ tall :: black hair

NOTE: Crimes are reported as space is available, this is not a complete report, nor is the report online at, but that site is a more complete source.

July-August 2015

ABC Anchorwoman Cheryl Jennings and Captain Denise FlahertyTaraval Station’s New Captain

Captain Denise Flaherty has just been appointed to head the Taraval Station. It is too close to press time to gather information about the appointment. We understand that Captain Curtis Lam is now at the Airport, the division is not yet known. Our congratulations and best wishes to the new captain, and our gratitude to Captain Curtis Lam.

IRS Scam on the Rise!

There has a been a rash of reports about criminals posing as IRS (Internal Revenue Service) agents who are demanding money over the phone!

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never:

1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;

2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;

3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;

4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or

5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Fri – May 1

Theft

8:54 am • 100 Corona St

A victim had hired movers to help move. She alleged the movers took her belongings while they were moving. They had been told to stay out of one area where her belongings later disappeared.

Suspect #1 – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years

Suspect #2 – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years

Suspect #3 – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years

Suspect #4 – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years

Sat - May 2

Assault-Arrested

9:45 am • 3900 19th Ave

A driver & his passenger were assaulted. The driver was attacked with a chemical spray & an electric shock weapon. The pedestrians got upset when the driver stopped to allow the pedestrians to cross a roadway. The pedestrians were placed under citizen’s arrest for assault with weapons. One of the pedestrians was also placed under citizen’s arrest for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Vandalism-Trespassing-Arrested

4:29 pm • 100 Majestic Ave

Report of trespassers at a vacated home. The home was on the market for sale. A real estate agent found squatters inside. There was damage to the front door frame. One of them was arrested for trespassing & vandalism.

Theft

4:41 pm • 1500 Sloat Blvd

Two suspects were seen in a recorded surveillance footage grabbing an arm full of merchandise items & exiting without paying for them.

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 20-30 years :: shoulder length black hair :: LSW green button down shirt, blue jeans

Suspect #2 – Black female :: 20-30 years :: black hair :: LSW light color shirt with a design on front, dark pants.

Sun - May 3

Battery

1:23 pm • Lincoln Wy & 9th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A vehicle driven by a victim rear ended another vehicle. Six occupants of the vehicle exited & surrounded the victim. The victim gave cash & his insurance card. But the occupants yelled at the victim & then hit him. They also caused damage to victim’s property. The suspects then got back in their vehicle & fled.

Suspect 1 – Hispanic male :: brown Hair :: 16-22 years :: 5’01” tall :: 190 Lbs :: LSW white shirt

Suspect 2 – Hispanic male :: brown Hair :: 16-22 years :: 5’01” tall :: 155 Lbs :: LSW white baseball cap, yellow shirt

Suspect 3 – Hispanic male :: 16-22 years

Suspect 4 – Hispanic male :: 16-22 years

Suspect 5 – Hispanic male :: 16-22 years

Suspect 6 – Hispanic male :: 16-22 years.

Tue - May 5

Exhibiting Imitation Weapon -Arrested

2:50 pm • Noriega St & 22nd Ave

A driver & a pedestrian got into an argument. Later the driver went to his outdoor work location. The pedestrian then drove by & pointed a weapon at the driver whom he had argued with earlier. Officers detained the suspect & found the weapon was an imitation. The suspect was placed under citizen’s arrest for showing an imitation weapon.

Thu - May 7

Counterfeit Bills

1:40 pm • 3200 20th Ave

A suspect paid with five $100 bills before leaving. When the store attempted to deposit the bills, they were found to be counterfeit.

Suspect – Black female :: black Hair :: 30-40 years :: 5’05” tall :: 140 lbs :: LSW gray shirt, sweat pants

Burglary

3:07 pm • 200 Magellan Ave

Officers responded to a report of burglary. Victims were standing in front of their house when their alarm turned on. Upon entry they saw that several panes of glass were broken. They noticed two suspects & a parked vehicle watching them.

Suspect 1 – Hispanic female :: brown hair :: 25-30 years

Suspect 2 – Hispanic male :: brown hair :: 20-25 years

Suspect vehicle – black Nissan sedan

Fri - May 8

Robbery

2:50 pm • Mt Vernon Ave & San Miguel St

A victim was walking home when a suspect stood in front of her with a gun. The suspect demanded her purse & the victim complied. He fled with her purse.

Suspect – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 6’02” tall :: 180 lbs :: brown hair :: LSW black hoodie, dark pants

Mon - May 11

Assault

1:54 pm • Vidal Dr & Higuera Ave

A woman was walking in a crosswalk when an SUV screeched to a stop for her. The driver yelled at her & a dispute erupted. The driver drove the SUV forward, making contact with her numerous times. She did not suffer any injury. The woman got out of the way & the driver fled in his SUV.

Suspect – White male :: 40-50 years :: white hair

Suspect vehicle – black 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

Theft

5:13 pm • 2200 Lincoln Wy

A man was moving out of a residence. He hired movers to help. The man left his unsecured belongings unattended. Upon return they were gone. He alleged one of the movers may be the suspect.

Suspect – White male :: 30-45 years :: 5’06” tall :: 160 lbs :: brown hair :: LSW white jumpsuit, black shoes

Tue - May 12

Residential Burglary

4:51 pm • 400 Plymouth Ave

Officers responded to a report of burglary. A man left his secured home unattended. When he returned home he saw two suspects exit his house. He did not recognize them. They fled on foot. The suspects had pried open the back door, gained entry, burglarized the home, & then fled on foot.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’07” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair :: LSW black shirt, dark pants

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 6’00” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair

Robbery

10:44 pm • 3000 San Jose Ave

Officers responded to a report of activated holdup alarm. A suspect walked into a convenience store & picked up a candy. He brought the candy to a cashier as if to pay for it. When an employee opened the cash register the suspect pulled out a gun & demanded money from the register. The employee complied. The suspect took the money & fled on foot.

Suspect Black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’10” tall :: 165 lbs :: LSW bright orange hat, white T shirt, black hooded sweatshirt, black pants

Wed - May 13

Burglary of Vehicle

2:22 am • 34th Ave & Vicente St

Officers responded to a report of burglary of a vehicle in progress. The suspects were seen fleeing in a getaway vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle & found stolen property inside. A record check revealed two of the three occupants of the vehicle were on probation. A search of the vehicle revealed burglary tools commonly used to break into cars. They were all arrested for burglary of a vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, & conspiracy to commit crime.

Vandalism

3:35 pm • 1200 15th Ave

An officer responded to a report of vandalism. He saw a surveillance footage of his neighbor putting super glue inside his deadbolt lock.

Suspect – White male :: 60-70 years :: 5’07” tall :: 160 lbs :: white hair

Theft

8:13 pm • Lincoln Wy & 14th Ave

A woman was walking on sidewalk when a suspect ran up behind her & snatched her purse. He fled on foot with her purse.

Suspect – Asian male :: 20-29 years :: 5’07” tall :: 150 lbs :: shaved head with black hair stubble :: LSW black hoodie, black pants

Sat - May 14

Robbery-Arrested

7:49 pm • 100 West Portal Ave

A suspect took money from a tip jar & concealed them in his bag. When he tried to flee, an employee blocked the exit to prevent his escape. The suspect tried to shove the employee out of the way. Meanwhile an another employee grabbed the suspect’s bag that contained the money. The suspect then turned his attention to her & tried to hit her. She feared for her safety & let go of the bag. The suspect threw the money down & fled on foot. Officers found the suspect & arrested him for robbery.

Residential Burglary

Reported 10:53 am • 200 Crestlake Dr Reported 5:49 pm • 2000 17th Ave

Suspect #1 – White male :: 6’03” tall :: red hair :: average build :: LSW plaid shirt

Suspect #2 – White male

Suspect vehicle – red van camper

Fri - May 16

Battery-Battery on a Peace Officer

2:12 am • 600 John Muir Dr

A woman who recently broke up from her boyfriend became enraged & became intoxicated. She hit her former boyfriend numerous times. She also hit one of the officers. She was arrested for battery & battery on a peace officer. Paramedics transported her to a hospital where she hit one of the attending nurses. The nurse placed her under citizen’s arrest for battery.

Burglary

5:02 pm • 1500 23rd Ave

A suspect claimed to be a “city inspector” looking for a gas leak at a victim’s home. He took her wallet while inside. When he asked the victim for money to have the gas leak fixed, she became suspicious & asked for his work identification. The suspect replied he left his work ID in his car & then fled on foot.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 45-48 years :: 5’07” tall :: black hair :: heavy set :: LSW white long sleeve shirt, black sleeveless vest, dark pants, dark shoes

Wed - May 20

Burglary

5:02 pm • 1500 23rd Ave

A suspect claimed to be a “city inspector” looking for a gas leak at a victim’s home. He took her wallet while inside. When he asked the victim for money to have the gas leak fixed, she became suspicious & asked for his work identification. The suspect replied he left his work ID in his car & then fled on foot.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 45-48 years :: 5’07” tall :: black hair :: heavy set :: LSW white long sleeve shirt, black sleeveless vest, dark pants, dark shoes

Theft

5:10 pm • 19th Ave & Eucalyptus Dr

A man made a theft report online. He boarded a MUNI bus & left his bicycle unattended on the bicycle rack in front of the bus. The bus became crowded & he was unable to keep his sight on his bicycle. When he got off the bus, he saw the bicycle was gone.

Residential Burglary

Reported 5:19 am • 1300 8th Ave

Suspect #1 – White male :: 25-35 years :: 6’00” tall :: 180 lbs :: brown spiky hair :: LSW goatee, light gray long sleeve shirt, light blue jeans

Suspect #2 – White male :: 25-35 years :: 6’03” tall :: 170 lbs :: LSW black “SF Giants” hat

Suspect vehicle – silver 1990s Honda or Toyota 4 door with a dent on hood top

Thu May 21

Warrant Arrest- Burglary Tools

7:16 am • Taraval St & 33rd Ave

Officers responded to a report of suspicious couple possibly casing an area for burglary. One of them was found & detained. A record check revealed she had an arrest warrant. She was also in possession of common burglary tools. She was arrested for the warrant & for possession of burglary tools.

June 2015

San Francisco police are alerting residents of an ongoing series of scams resulting in financial loss to unsuspecting victims. The scam occurs when one suspect approaches a victim who is always alone. The suspect asks for directions and convinces the victim to assist him in getting to the destination. While en-route, the suspect mentions a letter regarding an inheritance which requires the suspect to donate a large sum of money, elicits help from the victim to distribute these charitable donations. The main suspect brings in a second suspect to make the victim feel more comfortable with the situation. Both suspects place a roll of what appears to be money into a “sacred cloth” which the second suspect takes to another location.

The suspect then convinces the victim to present, “Good Faith” money in order to prove that the involved parties have their own money and will not steal the alleged inheritance money intended for “charity” to show that the victim is trustworthy. He accompanies the victim to his/her bank. When the victim returns, the suspect takes the victim’s cash and one of the supposed money rolls and wraps them in a “sacred cloth” and places it in the victim’s car trunk. The suspect tells the victim to drive around the block as a “measure of trust” and to not look at the money right away. The victim later looks in the trunk only to discover rolled up newspaper, wrapped in a bandana and that the suspects have fled.>

The suspects older, African American males, between the ages of 40 to 65 years of age. They are typically dressed in slacks and a jacket. In most cases the first suspect had some sort of accent, and claimed to be from South Africa.

• Use caution when approached by any strangers under these described circumstances.

• Do not speak to strangers offering good fortune or unusual offers.

• Do not give money or valuables to strangers that are offering you a deal too good to be true.

If approached by any of these suspects with similar inquiries, please call 911.

Mon – Apr 6

Defrauding Innkeeper

3:40 pm / 2600 46th Ave

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a fraud. He had two customers who attempted to pay for one accommodation with declined credit cards. One of the customers then gave him a counterfeit bill & then fled.

Suspect #1 – White female :: 40-42 years :: 5’4” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair

Suspect #2 – male :: 44 years :: 5’10” tall :: 120 lbs :: brown hair :: brown eyes

Assault

6:37 pm / 3600 Taraval St

Officers responded to a report of an assault. A store clerk told skateboarders to stop riding in the store. An argument ensued that involved five skateboarders & the clerk. One of the skateboarders hit the clerk causing an injury. They then fled the store.

Suspect #1 Black male :: 15-20 years :: 6’1” tall :: 170 lbs :: LSW red sweater, khaki pants, on skateboard

Suspect #2 Black male :: 15-20 years :: 6’0” tall :: 190 lbs :: long braided brown hair :: LSW black T shirt, black jeans, on skateboard

Suspect #3 Black male :: 15-20 years :: 5’6” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair :: LSW black T shirt, brown jeans

Suspect #4 White male :: 15-20 years :: 6’0” tall :: 175 lbs :: blond hair :: brown eyes :: LSW green sweatshirt, on skateboard

Suspect #5 Hispanic male :: 15-20 years :: 5’2” tall :: 140 lbs :: LSW on skateboard

Fraud

8:17 pm / 1600 23rd Ave

An unknown suspect used a man’s identity to file a income tax return. Therefore the man’s tax return was rejected.

Fraud

3:48 pm / 2300 32nd Ave

A man tried to use his credit card, it was declined. He called the credit card carrier -an unknown suspect used his credit information to make unauthorized purchases.

Tue - Apr. 6

Robbery-Arrested

10:24 am / 1700 Noriega St

A suspect entered a store, grabbed merchandise & exited without paying, taunting a store employee to take the merchandise back. When the suspect was told to never return to the store, the suspect pulled out a knife & ran toward the employee threatening to “get” him. The employee sought shelter in the store. The suspect then fled taunting the employee to “Call the cops!” Officers found the suspect & arrested him.

Assault

10:54 pm / Junipero Serra Blvd & Holloway

A man was driving a vehicle with a front seat passenger when a suspect vehicle pulled-up next to him at a stop, sprayed them with the chemical through an open window. He fled in his vehicle. The victim drove to a hospital for treatment.

Suspect – White male

Vehicle – gray 2003 Nissan Sentra

Wed - Apr 8

Assault with Weapon-Burglary

11:12 am / 600 Lakeview Ave

A man went to check on a neighbor’s home when he saw an entry gate was pried open and two suspects attempting to enter a residential door. Suspect #1 & the man briefly struggled over the crowbar. Both suspects fled in a getaway vehicle

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 18-20 years :: 5’5” tall :: medium build :: LSW light blue hooded sweatshirt, denim pants, carried yellow crowbar

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 18-20 years :: 5’2” tall :: medium build

Vehicle – black 2013 Chevrolet Impala

Thu - Apr 9

Possession of Controlled Substance-Possession of Lost or Stolen Cards-Arrested

2:46 am / 20th Ave & Irving St

Officers stopped a vehicle for not having a license plate & for making a turn without a proper signal. Officers saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight. A search of the vehicle revealed controlled substances & credit/debit cards that did not belong to the driver. The driver was arrested.

Robbery-Burglary-False Imprisonment

2:50 pm / 100 Juan Bautista Cir

Three suspects gained entry into the victims’ home by knocking on the door & then hitting one occupant who answered. Other occupants fled. One suspect demanded they return because he had a gun although no weapon was seen. One of the occupants picked up a kitchen knife & yelled at the suspects to leave. The suspects then fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 6’4” tall :: 225 lbs :: black hair :: athletic build :: LSW light purple beanie , black hoodie, dark facial hair with goatee, black backpack

Suspect #2 – Hispanic male :: 25 years :: 5’9” tall :: 150 lbs :: brown hair :: brown eyes :: LSW white T shirt with black sleeves, black sweatpants.

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 20-25 years

Fri - Apr 10

Homicide

4:16 am / 1600 45th Ave

Officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man on the ground. The unresponsive man showed signs of having been stabbed. Paramedics declared him deceased at the scene.

Theft

5:16 pm / Victoria St & Garfield St

A woman waited at a bus stop when a vehicle pulled up. An occupant approached the woman, & asked for her personal belongings. She complied & the suspect fled.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 24-25 years :: 5’8” tall :: 180 lbs :: short black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW dark blue jacket, dark colored pants

Vehicle – black Toyota Prius 4 door sedan

Wed - Apr 15

Robbery

1:49 am / 2000 19th Ave

Robbery victim answered a door bell & was confronted by a suspect who demanded money. The victim surrendered his bank card. The suspect then hit the victim & fled. Officers detained a person matching the suspect’s description. However the victim refused to identify the person.

Suspect – Black male :: 5’10” tall :: 190 lbs :: short black hair :: LSW white T shirt, gray sweatpants, red & white Nike tennis shoes

Driving Under the Influence-Arrested

2:53 am / 43rd Ave & Quintara St

A running vehicle was stopped in an intersection with its headlights on. The driver was sleeping behind the wheel. He was arrested for driving under the influence.

Burglary-Arrest

9:04 am / 1800 47th Ave

A suspect was seen picking the lock of a front gate by the home’s occupant. Officers detained the suspect. The victim placed the suspect under citizen’s arrest for burglary.

Robbery

12:00 pm / 1000 Ocean Ave

Three people were approached by two suspects. Suspect #1 demanded money, claiming he had a gun. The three people recognized him as a fellow student, but surrendered money. Suspects fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 13 years :: 5’0” tall :: 100 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 11 years :: 5’0” tall :: 90 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes

Elder Abuse

Reported 1:51 pm / 1500 20th Ave

Adult Protective Services reported a caregiver convinced an elderly victim–in her care, to pay her extra money on the side. As an employee of a caretaking service & was already being paid as an employee.

Battery

Reported 1:53 pm / Ocean Ave

A woman bumped into a fellow passenger while riding a MUNI bus. The passenger demanded an apology & the woman refused. The passenger hit her & then exited at the next stop.

Suspect – Black female :: 40-45 years :: 5’4” tall :: 110 lbs :: black hair :: LSW blue denim shirt, wearing square black backpack

Theft from Vehicle-Fraud

2:58 pm / Ulloa St & Laguna Honda Blvd

A woman left her vehicle locked & unattended. Upon return she saw her driver side window smashed & her belongings missing. An unknown suspect used her credit card–one of the missing belongings.

Threat

4:10 pm / 3100 Noriega St

A man walked into a store to return items he purchased. An employee refused & threatened him with a bat.

Suspect – White male :: 38-40 years :: 5’11” tall :: 210 lbs :: black hair

Assault

6:35 pm / Sunset Blvd & Vicente St

A man was at a bar with his pet dog when two suspects accused him of not feeding his dog. He left the bar & was walking home when he was hit in the back of the head. He lost consciousness. He believed the suspects who assaulted him were the same people who criticized him at the bar.

Suspect #1 – White male :: brown Hair :: 5’7” tall :: 170 lbs

Suspect #2 – Asian male :: black Hair :: 5’7” tall :: 180 lbs :: Mohawk style hair

Robbery

7:33 pm / 200 Winston Dr

A person was approached outside a fast food restaurant by three suspects. They accused him of being in a gang & beat & robbed him, then fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 15-16 years :: 5’6” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW black hoodie, camouflaged pants, black shoes

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 15-16 years :: 5’7” tall :: 120 lbs:: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW blue ‘Northface’ jacket, blue jeans, white ‘Nike’ shoes

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 15-16 years :: 5’6” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes

Fri - Apr 17

Battery

6:04 pm / Judah St & 17th Ave

A driver honked at a suspect vehicle for failure to yield. Later, a passenger from the victim vehicle exited to pick up a traffic cone from a roadway. A suspect asked why he was honked at, then hit the passenger numerous times & fled.

Suspect – Black male :: 25-30 years :: 5’7” tall :: 160 lbs :: black hair :: LSW dark colored shirt, blue jeans

Vehicle – red 4 door sedan

Sun - Apr 19

Residential Burglary

6:37 pm / 700 Lawton St

A woman left her garage opened & unattended. When she went to close it, she saw a suspect take her belonging & put it in the back of a pickup truck & fled.

Suspect – White male :: 20-25 years :: 5’7” tall :: 160 lbs :: LSW eyeglasses, dark colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans rolled at bottom

Vehicle – dark blue Ford Ranger

Robbery

8:55 pm / 300 Judah St

A suspect walked into a store, pointed a gun at a clerk, & demanded money. The clerk complied. The suspect then fled.

Suspect – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’6” tall :: 150 lbs :: LSW gray hooded sweatshirt with black lettering on front, blue jeans

Mon - Apr 20

Fraud

Reported 3:17 pm / 1100 Lincoln Wy

A woman went to a cellular phone store to find out why her phone stopped working. Seems an unknown suspect used her account to upgrade & cancel her cellular phone.

Assault

6:33 pm / 4100 Judah St

A victim had blood on his face &was sitting on a curb. The victim refused to cooperate or answer any questions.

Thu - Apr 23

Robbery

10:28 am / Ocean Ave & Plymouth Ave

A man walking on a sidewalk was approached by a suspect from behind. The suspect said he had a gun in his pocket & demanded money from the victim. The victim complied. The suspect fled.

Suspect – male :: 6’2” tall :: 250 lbs :: LSW dark green hooded sweatshirt, blue denim shorts, dark shoes

Fri - Apr 24

Theft

5:59 pm / 2000 Irving St

A shoplifting suspect stole merchandise and fled in a getaway vehicle.

Suspect – Black male :: 30-35 years :: 6’00” tall :: 300 lbs :: bald :: goatee :: LSW gray hoodie, blue jeans, black tennis shoes

Suspect vehicle – red Mercedes Benz 320 SLK

Sat - Apr 25

Battery

12:58 am / 1600 Holloway Ave

A passenger on a street train got into an argument with another passenger. As they both exited at the same stop, the suspect hit the passenger who reported the incident. He hit back before the suspect fled.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 25-30 years :: 5’8” tall :: 170 lbs :: brown hair :: LSW red button up shirt, black jacket, black jeans

Burlgary-False Imprisonment-Robbery

2:53 am / 700 Holloway Ave

A victim was alone when a suspect gained entry, threatened the victim with a gun, & demanded money. The suspect then tied up the victim & fled with the money.

Suspect – White male :: 28-35years :: 6’0” tall :: 180 lbs :: LSW black beanie, black jacket

Assault

10:16 am / 1400 20th Ave

A man alleged he was hit with pellets from a BB gun in his opened garage repairing his motorcycl eas he loudly revved the engine. Someone fired numerous pellets at him. He took cover closing the garage door.

Robbery

5:59 pm / 700 Holloway Ave

A man was entering his home when a suspect held a crowbar & demanded the man surrender his house keys. He punched the victim & took the keys. The suspect fled when a passerby walked by. A second suspect acted as lookout. Both suspects fled.

Suspect #1 – White male :: 30-40 years :: 6’2” tall :: 180 lbs :: blond hair :: blue eyes :: LSW white long sleeve shirt, blue jeans

Suspect #2 – male :: 30-40 years

Theft

6:05 pm / 1500 19th Ave

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a theft. The man had let a suspect–who is homeless, use his house to shower & wash his clothes. The man could not find his belongings after the homeless suspect used his house. The man alleged the suspect took his belongings.

Suspect – White male :: 34 years :: 5’10” tall :: 165 lbs :: brown hair :: brown eyes

Sun - Apr 26

Robbery

12:14 am / Noriega St & 32nd Ave

A man walked out of a bar to smoke a cigarette. He was approached by three suspects he saw earlier in the bar. The suspects beat the man repeatedly. The suspects accused him of gang activity. They took the victim’s belongings & fled.

Suspect #1 – White male :: 26-27 years :: 6’00” tall :: 200 lbs :: LSW green jacket, black pants

Suspect #2 – Hispanic male :: 28-30 years :: 6’00” tall :: 250 lbs :: LSW black jacket, black pants, black shoes

Suspect #3 – Hispanic male :: 25-27 years :: 6’00” tall :: 170 lbs :: LSW gray “Giants” baseball hat, black jacket

Kidnapping-Threat

5:31 pm / Urbano Dr & Alviso St

A man & a woman stepped out of a stopped vehicle and argued. The man threw rocks at the woman as she walked away & threatened a passerby. The man then forced the woman against her will into the vehicle & drove away.

Kidnapped victim – Hispanic female :: 20-25 years :: 5’4” tall :: 110 lbs :: black hair

Suspect – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’10” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair :: LSW gray T shirt, blue jeans

Suspect vehicle – gray 2010 Mercedes Benz

For complete Crime Reports : www.taraval.org

Next Taraval Community Meeting: Tuesday – May 19, 2015, 7pm – 8pm at Taraval Station Community Room on 2345 24th Avenue

May 2015

City’s New Public Safety Bldg Houses Police and Fire Crews

SF’s new state-of-the-art Public Safety Building campus will house SPFD headquarters, Southern District Police Station, Fire Station No. 4, Arson Task Force and a community meeting room.New public safety building

Construction began in October 2011 and was substantially completed in March 2015. Southern Police Station and Fire Station No. 4 will become fully operational on March 28, 2015.

Built to modern seismic standards, the Public Safety Building was designed to operate for up to 96 hours off the grid. Itr provides the necessary structural and operational resiliency to enable Police Department leadership promptly and efficiently coordinate public safety response after an earthquake or other major disaster.

The Southern District Police Station will serve the South of Market, China Basin, Embarcadero and Mission Bay neighborhoods. They are relocated from the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St., where they have been housed since the 1950s.

The historic Fire Station No. 30 was renovated to house the Arson Task Force and a community room for use by neighborhood residents. The brick fire station is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.New Public Safety Bldg Entrance

Crews drove more than 200 piles into bedrock that is located 200 to 250 feet below ground to stabilize the building. The water table at the site ranges between 4 and 10 feet below grade.

The $243 million project was funded by the 2010 Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response (ESER) bond, which voters approved with 79 percent support.

The Public Safety Building is part of SF’s 10-Year Capital Plan, and represents the City’s commitment to building a stronger future. The plan provides a financing strategy for the City to deliver infrastructure investments, without raising property tax rates or overburdening the General Fund.

Taraval Police Station will hold its community meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Taraval Police Station. All are welcome to attend.

Due to a temporary staffing issue, the daily crime reports for the days of Feb 27 to Mar 13 are very brief.

Friday – Feb 27, 2015

Robbery Reported 3:52 pm / 2600 Ocean Ave / bank

Suspect – White male :: 35-40 years :: 6’0” tall :: 190 lbs :: LSW light blue button up shirt, gray dress pants, black dress shoes, black long wig, and fake black beard.

Sunday – Mar 10 2015

Assault Reported 3:12 am / 2000 Noriega St / group fight

Suspect #1 – Asian male :: 23-27 years :: 5’6” tall :: 165 lbs :: LSW button up black shirt, acid gray jeans

Suspect #2 to #8: Asian male :: 18-30 years

Suspect #9 to #10: Asian female :: 18-30 years

Theft-Battery Reported 1:05pm / 2500 Ocean Ave

Suspect – Black male :: 45-50 years :: 5’10” tall :: 200 lbs :: LSW green beanie, red sweater, khaki pants, gray jacket, gray beard, gut hanging over pants

Tuesday – Mar 03, 2015

Theft Reported 7:39 am / 2300 Noriega St & 30th Ave

Suspect #1- Black male :: 40-50 years :: 6’2’’ tall :: 180 lbs :: black Hair :: LSW dark “Security” baseball cap,” blue jacket, black pants, black shoes

Suspect# 2 – Hispanic male :: 40-50 years :: LSW black Hair

Suspect# 3 – Black female :: 30-40 years :: LSW dark beanie, black jacket

Vehicle – White van trailer :: Plate Number 7V94601

Wednesday – Mar 04, 2015

Battery-Theft from Vehicle-Verbal Threats

Reported 7:04 pm / Broad St and Plymouth Ave

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 30-40 years :: 5’10” tall :: 190 lbs :: black hair, brown eyes :: LSW long dreaded hair, red t-shirt, grey pants, tattoos on neck, two tear drop tattoo under both eyes

Suspect #2 – black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’8” tall :: 225 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW handle bar mustache, grey sweatshirt.

Robbery Reported 9:08 pm / 100 Sadowa St

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’2” tall :: 180 lbs :: LSW-Black hoody, blue jeans, and riding a chrome bicycle.

Suspect #2 to #4 – Black male :: 20-30 years

Burglary Reported 11:23 am / 2000 Irving St

Suspect – Black male :: 25-30 years :: 6’0” tall :: 170 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW black baseball hat, black t-shirt, black jeans, carrying black backpack, black bicycle

Friday – Mar 06, 2015

Theft Reported 7:38 pm / 1500 Sloat Blvd

Suspect – White female :: 20-30 years :: 5’3” tall :: brown hair :: LSW red T-shirt, black under shirt, blue jeans

Battery Reported 8:22 pm / 1400 48th

Suspect: Indian male :: 50 years :: 5’5” tall :: 134 lbs :: brown hair :: brown eyes :: LSW dark Jacket, dark pants, numerous tattoos on his body

Thursday – Mar 12, 2015

Robbery-Assault with Chemical Reported 11:32 am / 900 Ocean Ave

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 20-29 years :: LSW white top, blue pants

Suspect #2 – Driver of vehicle

Suspect Vehicle – blue 4 door sedan, dent on the rear passenger door

Friday – Mar 13, 2015

Battery-Verbal Threats Reported 12:45 pm / 3000 Taraval St

Suspect – White female :: 50-60 years :: 5’0” tall :: 200 lbs :: blond hair :: LSW black jacket, blue pants

Theft Reported 1:27 pm / 1700 Ocean Ave

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 20-29 years :: 5’5” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW pink Jacket, black shirt with “Risque” logo, white pants, white & black shoes, and a brown purse

Suspect #2 – Black female :: 30-42 years :: 5’6” tall :: 120 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW gray jacket, white tank top, tattoo on chest, blue jeans, black & gray shoes

Saturday – Mar 14, 2015

Battery-Arrested 8:49 am • 1800 Ocean Ave

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A male assaulted his spouse. He was arrested for battery.

Robbery 10:45 am • 700 Ocean Ave

Two suspects stole a woman’s phone and tried to steal her purse. They took the phone and fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 18-20 years :: 6’0” tall :: 160 lbs :: LSW black hat with “CUSH” in white letters on front & marijuana leaf, white tank top, blue jeans

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 18-20 years :: 5’10” tall :: 175 lbs :: LSW blue & black 1998 Nike Air Max shoes, black hoodie, blue jeans :: crooked teeth

Theft from Building 4:21 pm • 3200 20th Ave

An unknown suspect stole a man’s personal belongings while he was at a gym.

Robbery 4:26 pm • 400 Gonzalez Dr

A man and his girlfriend answered a knock on the front door. Three suspects rushed in and at gun point demanded the man and his girlfriend get on the ground. They took property and then fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 24-25 years :: 5’8” tall :: 170 lbs :: black Hair :: black eyes :: LSW black t-shirt, blue jeans, short hair, beard

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 25-26 years :: 5’10” tall :: 190 lbs :: bald :: hazel eyes :: LSW light skin, tattoo of red “Lips” on the right side of neck

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 26-30 years :: 5’9” tall :: 150 lbs :: black dreadlocks :: black eyes :: LSW red collared long sleeve polo shirt, blue jeans

Suspect #4 – Black male :: 20-25 years

Sunday – Mar 15, 2015

Theft 10:07 am • 2100 24th Ave

A group of high school students walked into Taraval Station to report a theft. They left their belongings in a campus office and walked away. The office was unlocked and unattended. Upon return they saw their belongings missing. Surveillance footage showed a known suspect who is a student unlawfully take the belongings and flee.

Suspect – Male

Tues – Mar 17

Battery 2:53 am • 500 Parnassus Ave

Officers responded to a report of a battery. An unknown number of numerous suspects attacked a man while he was walking at night.

Battery 12:51 pm • 3200 20th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A woman received threatening texts from a friend. The friend later confronted the woman. The friend then hit the woman numerous times and fled the scene.

Suspect – Black female :: 20-25 years :: 5’9” tall :: 125 lbs :: bald :: brown eyes :: LSW black hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt , blue jeans, gray backpack

Battery 4:47 pm • Geneva Ave & Louisburg St

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A juvenile victim had been chased by twelve other juveniles-most of whom she recognized as fellow middle school students, at a bus stop. During her attempt to run away, she was hit by one of the suspects. The suspects then fled on foot.

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 14-15 years :: 5’2” tall :: 105 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW brown leather jacket, dark pants, hair in cornrows to the side

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 14-15 years :: 5’6” tall :: black hair :: brown eyes :: thin build

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 14-15 years :: 5’3” tall :: black hair :: brown eyes ::LSW red & gray hoodie

Suspect #4 – Black female :: 14-15 years :: LSW light colored “True Religion” jeans

Suspects #5 to #12- Black males & females :: all 14-15 years

Fraud 5:42 pm • Buckingham Wy & 20th Ave

An elderly woman walked into Taraval Station to report a fraud. She was approached by Suspect #1 who convinced her she would be rewarded with a large sum of money if she chipped-in some of her money to a charity. According to Suspect #1 he had to donate to charity in order to inherit a large sum of money. Later Suspect #2 joined them under the guise that he was helping the elderly woman and Suspect #1. After the woman withdrew money and gave it to Suspects #1 & #2, the suspects fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 50-55 years :: 5’8” tall :: 160 lbs :: gray hair :: black or blue trench coat, ‘well-dressed’

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 50 years :: 5’10” tall :: 180 lbs :: gray hair :: LSW button up long sleeve shirt

Wed – Mar 18

Fraud 6:51pm • 1200 15th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a fraud. Suspect #1 approached a woman at her apartment doorstep and claimed to be plumber. He demanded money for his service and that he was going to work on the rest of the residential units in the building. When she left him unattended, he fled with the money. A neighbor saw Suspects #2 & #3 in a vehicle parked in front of their apartment.

Suspect 1 – White or Hispanic male :: 30-40 years :: 5’7” tall :: heavy set :: LSW possibly wearing a hard hat

Suspect 2 – Hispanic male :: 30-35 years, 5’7” tall :: slicked back dark hair :: heavy build :: LSW mustache

Suspect 3 – Hispanic male :: 30-35 years :: 5’7” tall :: dark hair :: heavy build

Vehicle – red hatchback

Thur – Mar 19,

Assault 3:18 pm • Ocean & Faxon Ave

A woman walked into Taraval Station to report an assault. She was involved in a road rage incident where an aggressive driver nearly side-swiped, collided, and yelled offensive words at her while she was driving.

Suspect – Asian male :: 35-45 years :: black hair

Vehicle – black 2008 VW Jetta

Vandalism to Vehicle Reported 10:30 am / Sloat Blvd & Great Hwy / dark blue 2014 Dodge Century / window broken

Suspect – Black male :: 35-40 years :: 6’00” tall :: 210 lbs :: black dreadlocks :: LSW black hoodie, jeans

Vehicle – black 1969 Chevrolet coupe

Fri – Mar 20

Assault 11:31 am • Plymouth & Ocean

Officers responded to a report of a fight on a MUNI bus. A passenger tried to pass Suspect #1 who was standing in the aisle behind a baby stroller. They got into an argument because Suspect #1 refused to get out of the way. Suspect #2 jumped-in & hit the victim numerous times. Then, Suspects #1 & #2 exited accompanied by two other people. They fled in a getaway car.

Suspect #1 – Black female :: 25-35 years :: 5’5” tall :: 135 lbs :: black hair :: LSW Playboy bunny tattoo on neck, pushing a baby stroller

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 25-35 years :: 5’8” tall :: 160 lbs :: LSW orange sweatshirt, beanie cap

Vehicle – dark 2-door sports car

Theft 7:37 pm • 100 West Portal Ave

An officer responded to a report of a theft. A suspect had walked into a store, took cash from a donation collection box, concealed merchandise items, and exit without paying.

Suspect – a White female :: 40-50 years :: blond hair :: LSW black shirt, blue jeans, carrying black purse

Sat - Mar 21

Robbery 2:23 am • 3000 San Jose Ave

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. Two suspects walked into a convenience store, took merchandise items, & exited without paying. An employee tried to chase them but was stopped by a third suspect who blocked his path. All the suspects then fled in a getaway vehicle driven by a fourth suspect.

Suspect #1 – Hispanic male :: 20-29 years :: 5’10” tall :: 170 lbs :: brown hair

Suspect #2 – White male :: 40-49 years :: 5’10” tall :: 180 lbs :: long blond hair

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 20-29 years :: 5’5” tall :: 175 lbs :: black hair :: LSW black T shirt

Suspect #4 – Black female :: 20-29 years :: LSW pink lipstick, driving getaway vehicle

Vehicle – dark blue VW Jetta 4 door

For complete Crime Reports go to www.taraval.org

April 2015

Not all crimes are reported in the weekly reports. Reports below are partial excerpts from www.taraval.org

Taraval Police Station will hold its community meeting on March 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Taraval Police Station. All are welcome to attend.

Daily Crime Report :: Sun – Feb 01, 2015

Robbery • 5:53 am • 600 Lincoln Way

Officer responded to a report of a robbery. Two men walked into a business and robbed at gun point. Crime Scene Investigators were notified to respond.

Suspect #1: Black male; 30-40 years; 6’0” tall; 190 lbs; LSW black mask, green jacket, black gloves

Suspect #2: Black male; 40-50 years; 6’0” tall; 190 lbs, white hair. LSW Grey ski mask, dark jacket, blue jeans

Burglary 10:40 pm • 1800 Wawona St

Officers responded to a report of a burglary. A man returned to his previously locked home to find a window damaged. Numerous belongings were taken from inside.

Domestic Violence Assault-Unlawful Entry Battery 11:57 am • 2200 46th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a fight. A woman who was arrested on the previous day for assault at the same location unlawfully gained entry and assaulted the occupants. One of the occupants was the same person whom she fought yesterday. She was arrested for the above violations.

Daily Crime Report :: Mon – Feb 2, 2015

Suspicious Occurrence 6:49 am • 1500 45th Ave

A woman reported she received a recorded phone call message allegedly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The message asked her to ‘key’ in the ‘following’ prompts. She hung-up.

Bomb Threat 7:57 am • 400 Sargent St

Officers responded to a report of a bomb threat at a school. The campus was evacuated. A search by bomb detecting canines revealed no explosive devices.

Burglary 110:28am • 1200 Ortega St

An officer responded to a report of a burglary at a school. A recorded surveillance footage showed a man enter through an unlocked front door. The man goes into an unoccupied room empty handed and then exits while carrying someone else’s belonging. The suspect then leaves the campus.

Suspect: Light skin male; 20-30 years; LSW gray beanie, blue “Code America” sweatshirt, light color shorts

Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds-Possession of a Controlled Substance 11:00 am • 2100 24th Ave

An officer responded to a report of a student found in possession of an unlawful weapon and a controlled substance. A school dean had detained a student for the above violations.

Theft 12:03 pm • 700 Taraval St

An officer responded to a report of a shoplifting. A known shoplifter was seen exiting a store with unpaid merchandise items. The shoplifter then returned and showed a random receipt to a clerk in an attempt to get a grocery bag. A store manager detained the shoplifter. Officers recorded the shoplifter’s identity. The manager then refused further police action.

Fraud 12:55pm • 3200 20th Ave

A person who earlier used a fraudulent debit card to make a purchase attempted to do the same again. When employees tried to authenticate his identity, the suspect left the store.

Suspect: Hispanic male; 30-40 years; 5’6” tall; 230 lbs; LSW black jacket, blue jeans

Burglary 4:37pm • 2400 41st Ave

Officers responded to a report of a burglary. A man walked into a shared garage and saw his bicycle and two other bicycles–each belonging to two of his roommates, missing. The next day on February 2nd he saw a male suspect and a female suspect each ride two of the three stolen bicycles. He confronted the suspects and was able to recover one of the bicycles. The suspects fled.

Suspect #1: Hispanic or Middle Eastern male; 20-30 years; 6’1” tall; 175 lbs; black hair; brown eyes; LSW red rain jacket, black pants; scruffy and unshaven

Suspect #2: White female; 25-35 years; 5’6” tall; 130 lbs; blond hair; blue eyes; LSW yellow rain jacket, dark pants, curly long ‘poofy’ hair, crown or tiara on head

Theft From Person 8:20 pm • 19th Ave and Holloway Ave

A woman walked into Taraval Station report a theft. She was waiting in a line to board a MUNI bus when she felt an unknown person brush up against her backpack. She immediately checked her backpack and saw a belonging missing.

Hot Prowl Burglary 9:38pm • 2500 41st

Officers responded to a report of a burglary. A victim was inside a home near a partially opened window when she saw hands push through the blinds and slide the window open. She yelled she will dial 911. She heard two males voices speak softly in English. The men then fled.

Suspect #1: Black male; 5’4” tall; 150 lbs

Suspect #2: Unknown race male

Daily Crime Report :: Tues – Feb 3, 2015

Battery 1:34 pm • 1400 20th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a fight. Two men got into an argument and got into a fight. One of the combatants had come to retrieve his firearms that were stored in the other man’s home. The firearms were confiscated for safekeeping.

Commercial Burglary Reported 8:35 am / 2400 Ocean Ave / forced entry through a window

Suspect – Black male :: 45-60 years :: 6’0” tall :: 190 lbs :: bald :: brown eyes :: LSW black hat with a star, black puffy jacket with gray hoodie :: dark pants, black shoes

Daily Crime Report :: Wed – Feb 4, 2015

Suspicious Occurrence 12:46 am • 100 Vernon and Randolph St

An officer responded to a report of a threat. A man claimed his landlord sent her nephew to intimidate him. The nephew supposedly threatened the man to move out before the nephew left.

Suspect – White male :: 40-50 years :: 6’0” tall :: 260 lbs :: brown hair :: LSW black “Hell’s Angels” shirt, black pants, “Hells Angels” tattoo on neck

Battery-Arrested 8:52 am • Sunset Blvd & Vicente St

A couple get into an argument and one of them strangled the other. A threat to harm was also made against the strangled victim. The suspect then left the scene. Officers responded to the suspect’s location and arrested him for the offenses.

Aggravated Assault 3:43 pm • 1400 32nd

An upstairs resident confronted her downstairs neighbor regarding creaky floors. The downstairs neighbor threw warm water at the upstairs resident. The neighbor then hit the upstairs resident’s head with a pot. Paramedics responded to treat the victim. The downstairs neighbor was arrested for assault with an object.

Robbery 6:44 pm • 1700 Ocean Ave

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. A store employee tried to retrieve a stolen merchandise item from a shoplifter. The suspect pulled away and hit the employee before fleeing.

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 40-45 years :: 5’5” tall :: 175 lbs :: LSW black beanie, black jacket, gray jeans, black and red shoes

Daily Crime Report :: Thurs – Feb 5, 2015

Theft 7:25 pm • 200 Winston Dr

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a theft. The man was a department store investigator. An employee was caught on surveillance footage stealing customers’ belongings.

Suspect – White male :: 21 years :: 5’10” :: 135 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes

Daily Crime Report :: Fri – Feb 6, 2015

Battery 12:55 am • 1100 Taraval St

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A man punched three men–one of whom suffered a bleeding cut, during an argument on a sidewalk. The suspect then fled on foot. The victim who suffered the cut refused to cooperate and appeared intoxicated.

Suspect – White male :: 20-25 years :: 6’0” tall :: 160 lbs :: brown hair :: LSW white T shirt, dark pants :: slick back hair :: medium build

Battery 9:25 pm • 19th Ave & Holloway

Officers responded to a report of a battery. The victim was riding in a MUNI bus when a suspect approached and assaulted her. She exited the bus and the suspect followed. The suspect hit her again before fleeing with another person.

Suspect – White male :: 25 years :: 5’8” :: 150 lbs :: brown hair with blond highlights :: LSW black beanie, black pull over jacket, black jeans

Daily Crime Report :: Sat – Feb 7, 2015

Theft 7:54am • 00 Grijalva Dr

Officers responded to a report of a theft. An unattended delivery package was stolen from a victim’s doorway.

Daily Crime Report :: Sun – Feb 8, 2015

Battery-Vandalism-Resisting Peace Officer-Arrested 12:01 am • 3600 Taraval St

Officers responded to a report of a fight. An intoxicated suspect approached and hit one of three victims who were standing on a sidewalk. The victims went inside their nearby residential building to get away from the suspect. The suspect then tried to climb the building, caused damage, and fell down on the ground. Officers attempted to detain the suspect however he physically resisted. Paramedics responded and transported the suspect due to his erratic behavior and possible injury. He was arrested for the above listed charges.

Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia 6:12 am • 1800 21st Ave

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person. The person voluntarily agreed to be searched. Officers found narcotics paraphernalia. He was arrested and released for the violation.

Theft 6:32 pm • 1800 Ocean Ave

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a theft. He had locked his belongings in a locker in a fitness center and briefly left. Upon return he saw the locker was open and his belongings missing. There was no damage to the locker or to the lock.

Daily Crime Report :: Mon – Feb 9, 2015

Battery-Arrested 6:34 am • 2400 19th Ave

A couple had got into a fight. The primary aggressor was identified and was arrested for battery involving domestic violence.

Aggravated Assault 2:36 pm • 2300 28th

A man became verbally hostile toward a victim while the victim was talking to an another person on a sidewalk. The man then got into his car. The victim walked over and wrote down the man’s license plate. The man became upset and attempted to hit her with his car. The suspect then drove away. Officers arrested him for aggravated assault.

Driving Under the Influence-Reckless Driving-Unsafe Lane Change-Unlawful Possession Pellet Gun-Open Container of Alcohol-Possession of Marijuana-Possession of Controlled Substances-Arrested 9:58 pm • 19th Ave & Pacheco St

An officer stopped a vehicle for reckless driving and unsafe lane change. Officers smelled marijuana and alcohol reeking from the occupants. A search of the occupant area revealed an opened alcoholic beverage, marijuana, controlled substances, and a pellet gun. The driver was arrested for the above violations. Each of the two other occupants were cited and released for being in reach of controlled substances.

Robbery 10:18 pm • Ashton & Grafton

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. A man was walking when two suspects approached and grabbed him. They threatened to shoot him if he did not surrender his belongings. The victim did not see any weapon on the suspects. The victim complied, the suspects fled on foot.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 18-20 years :: 6’00” tall :: LSW black hoodie, blue jeans

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 18-20 years :: 6’00” tall :: LSW red jacket, blue jeans

Daily Crime Report :: Tue – Feb 10, 2015

Battery-Arrested 10:36 pm • 3100 Taraval

Officers responded to a report of a scream. A dispute between a landlord and a tenant occurred. The tenant alleged the landlord pushed him. Therefore the tenant placed the landlord under citizen’s arrest for battery. Officers took custody of the suspect, gave him a court summons, and released him at the scene.

Daily Crime Report :: Wed – Feb 11, 2015

Investigation 8:25 am • 1500 Sloat Blvd

Officers responded to a report of possible threats. Two men repeatedly entered a business making sexually suggestive comments to employees. They were asked to leave. Site security on one occasion asked the men to leave. An employee encountered one of the men outside the business and he suggested the employee shouldn’t have summoned security.

Suspect #1 – White male :: 35-40 years :: 5’8” tall :: 200 lbs :: black hair :: LSW black jacket, blue jeans, bright green shoes :: spoke Russian

Suspect #2 – White male :: 50-60 years :: 5’5” tall :: 130 lbs :: bald head ::LSW all dark clothes :: spoke Russian

Fraud 2:47 pm • 2000 29th Ave

A woman walked into Taraval Station to report a fraud. She attempted to apply for benefits for her and her husband. She was declined because her social security number was used by a suspect to gain benefits instead.

Suspect – 14 years :: “Dulce Ruiz”

Burglary in Progress Reported 4:15 pm / 500 Bright St / forced entry by prying open a garage door vent

Suspect – Hispanic male :: 5’8” tall :: 170 lbs :: short hair :: medium build :: LSW dark sweater, dark pants :: well dressed

Suspect Vehicle – gray 2014 Honda

Daily Crime Report :: Thur – Feb 12, 2015

Battery-Theft-Robbery 11:07 pm • 100 S Lake Merced Hill

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A victim got into an argument with two other women who pulled up in an SUV. The two women beat the victim as they argued over a man. The women took the victim’s belongings that dropped on the ground. They also snatched an item out of the victim’s hand. The suspects fled in their vehicle.

Suspect #1– Asian female :: 24 years old :: 5’0” tall :: 140 lbs :: brown hair :: brown eyes:: long hair :: LSW grey sweatshirt and black sweatpants

Suspect #2 – Asian female :: 5’3” tall :: 140 lbs :: brown hair :: brown eyes:: sister of Suspect #1 Vehicle – red Mercedes SUV

Daily Crime Report :: Fri – Feb 13, 2015

Battery 7:35 pm • 9th Ave & Irving St

Officers responded to a report of a battery. A homeless man punched a victim and knocked him to the ground. The victim had made a comment about the homeless man to another person. The homeless man became upset and an argument ensued. After punching the man, the homeless suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim was transported to a hospital.

Suspect – White male :: 50-60 years :: 5’10” tall :: 175 lbs :: gray hair :: gray eyes :: LSW red scarf or blanket, black jacket, green pants, bare foot :: homeless

Warrant Arrest 8:01 pm • 1000 Ocean Ave

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person. A man who previously exposed himself to a cashier at a cafe was at the scene. A record check revealed he had arrest warrants. He was arrested.

Suspicious Occurrence 11:04 pm • 900 Lawton St

An elderly woman was outrageously overbilled for work on a furnace done by an unauthorized service provider. Her son-in-law indicated the woman was suffering from early stages of dementia. The woman was in her open garage earlier in the day when a truck pulled-up and its two occupants asked her if any work needed to be done on her furnace. She replied the filter needed to be replaced. The workers claimed they did extra work. However none of the extra work appeared to have been completed.

Suspect #1 – White male :: 30-35 years :: 5’6” tall :: 200 lbs :: black hair :: LSW blue jacket

Suspect #2 – White male :: 50-55 years :: 5’6” tall :: 200 lbs :: white hair :: LSW blue jeans

Vehicle – truck :: sign on side “Professional Air Duct Cleaning Company, SF, Greet St.”

Daily Crime Report :: Sun – Feb 15, 2015

Residential Burglary Reported 9:35 pm / 100 Font Blvd / entry through unlocked window. Reported 3:09 pm / 2400 37th Ave / forced entry through front gate

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 20-30 years :: 5’7” tall :: 190 lbs :: LSW gray hooded sweatshirt, black gloves

Suspect #2 – 5’8” tall / 180 lbs :: LSW gray hooded sweatshirt, black gloves

Daily Crime Report :: Mon – Feb 16, 2015

Transporting Controlled Substance 11:30 am • 2300 Noriega St

An officer responded to a report of a suspicious package containing a controlled substance. A suspect dropped off a package containing suspected controlled substance at a delivery service. The suspect paid for shipping and left.

Suspect – Asian male :: 20-30 years :: 5’7” tall :: LSW white T-shirt :: muscular build, clean shaven

Aggravated Assault 1:38 pm • 2400 33rd

A victim-who lived with a family member, was beaten by the family member and suffered visible injuries. Paramedics arrived and treated the victim. Officers found and detained the suspect. The victim placed the suspect under citizen’s arrest. Officers took custody of the suspect.

Daily Crime Report :: Tues – Feb 17, 2015

Theft 1:54 pm • 1500 Sloat Blvd

An employee saw a shoplifter on a surveillance footage conceal a merchandise. The employee confronted the shoplifter and demanded he pay for the item. The shoplifter walked past her and exited without paying.

Suspect – Black male :: 40-45 years :: LSW black fedora hat, black hooded jacket, black & white striped shirt, dark pants

Daily Crime Report :: Thur – Feb 19, 2015

Theft of Bicycle 3:40 pm • 19th & Taraval

A man called the Taraval Station to report his stolen bicycle. The victim stated that he boarded a bus and placed his bicycle on the front bike rack of the bus. When he exited on his destination, he noticed his bicycle to be missing. An officer requested MUNI for the bus’s video surveillance to acquire the suspect’s physical features.

Daily Crime Report :: Fri – Feb 20, 2015

Theft 11:48 am • 2000 San Jose Ave

Officers were flagged down by a woman who wanted to report a shoplifting that occurred on 02/13/15. Two suspects walked into a store, took merchandise items, and fled in a getaway vehicle.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 35-40 years :: 5’8” tall :: 160 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW red & gray striped shirt, blue jeans

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 35-40 years :: 6’00” tall :: 200 lbs :: black hair :: brown eyes :: LSW red shirt, black jeans

Vehicle – green 4 door sedan

Robbery 8:53 pm • 29th Ave & Kirkham St

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. Two suspects confronted a victim on foot and pulled him down to the ground. They took the victim’s belongings and fled.

Suspect #1 – White male :: 18-20 years :: 5’10” :: 200 lbs :: LSW red hooded jacket :: “5 o’clock shadow,” mustache

Suspect #2 – White male :: 18-20 years :: LSW white hooded sweatshirt

Attempted Robbery 9:52 pm • Harold Ave & Grafton Ave

Two suspects exited a car and approached a victim. One of them pointed a gun and demanded the victim’s phone. The victim refused and the suspects fled in their getaway car.

Suspect #1 – Hispanic male :: 20-25 years :: 6’0” tall :: 150 lbs :: black hair :: LSW red hooded sweater, blue jeans, armed with black semi automatic pistol

Suspect #2 – Hispanic male :: 20-25 years :: black hair :: LSW white hooded sweatshirt

Vehicle – white 2000 Honda 4-door sedan

Robbery 10:30 pm • 400 De Long St

Two victims were sitting in a vehicle when three suspects approached them on foot. One of the suspects pointed a gun and demanded the victims surrender their belongings. After the victims complied the suspects fled on foot.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’3” tall :: 130 lbs :: black hair :: LSW black camouflaged hoodie, dark pants, black scarf covering face

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’10” tall :: 160 lbs :: black hair :: LSW black scarf covering face

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’07” tall :: 140 lbs :: black hair :: LSW green camouflaged sweater, dark pants

Daily Crime Report :: Sat – Feb 21, 2015

Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale 5:03 pm • 9th Ave & Irving St

An officer saw a man attempt to give another man a baggy of suspected controlled substance. The officer arrested the man for possession of a controlled substance. An arrest search revealed more controlled substances individually packaged. The man was then arrested.

Daily Crime Report :: Sun – Feb 22, 2015

Aggravated Assault 5:32 pm • 2000 32nd

A victim was hosing down her driveway when a skateboarder and a young woman yelled at her for causing the water to drip down on the sidewalk. The suspects then get into a van. As they drove by, the young woman yelled and threw a glass bottle at the woman. The bottle shattered on the ground. A glass piece hit the woman.

Suspect #1 – White male :: 20-25 years :: 5’7” tall :: 150 lbs :: blond hair :: LSW green wool cap, camouflaged shirt.

Suspect #2 – White female :: 20-25 years :: 5’5” tall :: 130 lbs :: blond hair :: Vehicle – white camper van

Robbery 8:51 pm • 2000 Ocean Ave

Officers responded to a report of two possible robbers in the area. They detained one suspect while the second suspect fled away on foot. Just then a convenience store called to say a robbery occurred. The detained suspect was positively identified as one of the armed robbers and therefore arrested.

Suspect – Black male :: 20-25 years :: 5’8” :: 150 lbs :: dark gray hooded sweatshirt, dark gray pants

Daily Crime Report :: Tues – Feb 24, 2015

Robbery 1:51 pm • 31st Ave & Santiago St

A victim was on foot when a suspect approached her with a gun aimed at her and demanded her bag. She complied and the suspect fled in a getaway vehicle driven by a second suspect.

Suspect #1 – Hispanic male :: 20-25 years :: 5’10” tall :: 180 lbs :: black hair :: LSW gray jacket, blue jeans

Suspect #2 – Hispanic male :: 20-25 years :: black hair

Vehicle – blue Honda 4-door sedan

Battery-Theft 2:56 pm • 1400 19th Ave

A victim pulled into a gas station on his motorcycle when a suspect ran up to him and accused him of “cutting” the suspect off. The suspect tried to tip the victim’s motorcycle over. A fight ensued. The suspect then stole the ignition key to the victim’s motorcycle and fled.

Suspect – White male :: 45-55 years :: 6’0” tall :: 180 lbs :: brown hair :: gray beard :: LSW green or khaki baseball cap, red plaid shirt, blue jeans

Arson 9:37 pm • 1200 30th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a pickup truck on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and they believed it was intentionally set. The truck had been parked and left unattended.

Daily Crime Report :: Wed – Feb 25, 2015

Robbery 11:19 am • Grafton Ave & Capitol

On a MUNI bus, one suspect pulled on a victim’s backpack while a second suspect snatched the victim’s cellular phone out of his hand. They exited the bus with a third suspect and fled.

Suspect #1 – Black male :: 19-23 years :: 5’8” tall :: 150 lbs :: LSW all black clothes

Suspect #2 – Black male :: 19-23 years :: 5’8” tall :: 150 lbs :: braided hair :: LSW black & gray coat, black pants

Suspect #3 – Black male :: 19-23 years :: 5’8” tall

Theft 12:45 pm • 26th Ave & Vicente St

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a theft. He parked and left his boat on a trailer unattended. Upon return the boat’s engine was gone.

Daily Crime Report :: Thur – Feb 26, 2015

Attempted Robbery 3:09 pm • 200 Winston

Officers responded to a report of a person with a knife. A shoplifter attempted to steal a concealed merchandise item when he was confronted by an employee. The shoplifter threw down the merchandise and then pulled out a weapon. The suspect threatened the employee and the employee backed away. The suspect got into a vehicle. Another suspect was seen getting into the same vehicle. They fled the scene.

Suspect #1 – male :: 30 years :: 5’7” tall :: 150 lbs :: brown hair :: LSW black jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans, white shoes

Suspect #2 – Hispanic male :: 27-33 years :: 5’10” tall :: 170 lbs :: LSW gray jacket with black sleeves, black shirt, dark pants

Vehicle – black 2007 Toyota Corolla

Note: This is not a complete report, some have been shortened in the interest of space. Visit: taraval.org for more details.

March 2015

Daily Crime Report : Fri – Jan 30, 2015

Home Invasion Robbery

9:55 am •100 Farallones St

Officers responded to a report of a home invasion robbery. Two suspects entered a victim’s home, tied her up, hit her, and demanded the whereabouts of her valuables. They claimed their actions were in retaliation on behalf of a third suspect who was not present in the house. The suspects ransacked the home and stole valuables. They told the victim to not contact the police and then fled. The victim was able to free herself and dial 911 from her neighbor’s phone.

Suspect #1: White male; 6’00” tall; 170 lbs; LSW yellow sweatshirt, blue jeans, black beanie

Suspect #2: Hispanic female; 5’5” tall; 175 lbs; brown hair; LSW black sweater, blue jeans, sunglasses; walks with a limp and uses a cane

Suspect #3: Hispanic female; 5’4” tall; black hair; thin build

Theft

9:26 am • 2400 41st Ave

An Adult Protective Service (APS) worker walked into Taraval Station to report a theft on behalf of an elderly client. The elderly client’s bank notified the APS worker about a suspicious transfer of funds from the elderly client’s account to a medical marketing vendor. The elderly client did not recall purchasing or receiving any service or product from that medical marketing vendor.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

11:55 am • 2300 24th Ave

Officers were flagged down in front of Taraval Police Station regarding an assault. A woman had been beaten unconsciously. She had voluntarily ridden in a vehicle with three men. The men tried to coerce her into working for them as a prostitute. When she refused, she was kicked and beaten into unconsciousness. She was found by a good samaritan at 20th Ave and Vicente St.

Suspect #1: Black male

Suspect #2: Black male

Suspect #3: Black male

Burglary

6:11 pm • 00 Cambon Dr

Officers responded to a report of a burglary. A victim went to her storage unit and saw its entry was damaged and opened. Two of her belongings were missing.

Theft

7:05 pm • 1200 Irving St

An officer responded to a report of a shoplifting. A known shoplifter was seen concealing merchandise items and exit without paying for them.

Suspect: Black male; 40-50 years; 5’6” tall; 150 lbs; black hair; brown eyes; LSW blue/black coat with a hood, black sweatpants, black shoes, short dreadlocks

Attempted Robbery

7:06 pm • 1200 Irving St

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifting. Employees confronted a known shoplifter who had merchandise items in a bag. He was asked to empty the bag and leave the store. The shoplifter however pulled-out a pocketknife. The employees feel threatened. The suspect then emptied the bag and exited without the merchandise.

Suspect: Black male; 40-50 years; 5’6” tall; 150 lbs; black hair; brown eyes; LSW black/blue coat with a hood, black sweatpants, black shoes

Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor

7:13 pm • 100 Riverton Dr

A man walked into Taraval Station to report that the person who is dating his teenage child is contributing to the teenager’s delinquency. The teenager had overdosed on drugs. The teenager had been coming home drunk or under-the-influence. The man believed the person dating his teenage child had supplied illicit drugs.

Suspect: White male; 21 years; 5’10” tall;160 lbs; black hair; brown eyes

Theft from Vehicle

Reported at 7:49 am / 1100 Moraga St / 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Reported at 8:36 am / Vicente St and 15th Ave / 1999 Honda Accord

Reported at 9:50 am / Ashton Ave and Ocean Ave / 2003 Honda Accord

Reported at 10:17 am / 30th Ave and Quintara St / 1999 Honda CR-V

Reported at 11:30 pm / 1900 31st Ave / 2005 Infinity FX35

Daily Crime Report : Thurs – Jan 29, 2015

Theft

12:21 am • 00 Josepha Ave

Officers responded to a report of a theft. A victim befriended two men he met over the internet. He invited them over to his home. The victim left the two men alone and took a shower. When the victim left the men alone to take a shower, the two men took his belongings and fled.

Suspect #1: White male; 5’10” tall; 150 lbs; brown hair; brown eyes; moustache; LSW black baseball cap, black shirt, black shorts with white lines, red tennis shoes; “Mike”

Suspect #2: White male; 6’1” tall; 190 lbs; blond hair; brown eyes; moustache; LSW tan baseball hat, white T-shirt, dark jacket, blue jeans; “Tony”

Theft-Cited

12:29 pm • 1100 Ocean Ave

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifting. An employee saw a man conceal merchandise items and exit without paying. The employee detained the man and placed him under citizen’s arrest. Officers took custody of the suspect. He was cited and released.

Burglary

4:43 pm • 2600 Great Highway

Officers responded to a report of a burglary. A victim left his shared garage locked and secured. Upon return he saw the garage door broken, belongings missing, and his garaged vehicle damaged. An unknown suspect gained entry by breaking the garage door. The suspect took belongings without permission and damaged the victim’s parked car.

Battery

5:22 pm • 200 Gonzalez Dr

Two women walked into Taraval Station to report a battery. The two women and their third roommate lived in the same home. The women and the third roommate got into a fight. The third roommate then fled in a car driven by a friend.

Suspect: Asian female; 21-22 years; 5’5” tall; 136 lbs; black hair

Theft-Possession/Controlled Substance

6:31 pm • 200 Winston Dr

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifting. Employees saw a man conceal merchandise items and exit without paying for them. He was detained and placed under citizen’s arrest. When the employees searched the suspect for hidden merchandise, they found a suspected controlled substance. Officers took custody of the suspect arrested him for the violations.

Fraud

7:15 pm • 1800 25th Ave

A woman walked into Taraval Station to report a fraud. She attempted to get a personal loan. She was in contact with someone from a loaning institute. She was told to pay a loan service fee by buying preloaded credit cards. The woman was tricked into buying these cards and giving-up “codes” that enabled the fraud suspect to add value to his prepaid credit card.

Suspect: male; “Alex Martin”

Theft

Reported at 7:51 pm • 2400 41st Ave

A woman reported a package that was delivered to her doorstep and left unattended was stolen.

Threat to Harm

8:50 pm

1800 20th Ave

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a threat to harm. A vehicle was parked in his driveway without permission. The car was towed. Later two men knocked on his door and threatened to harm him or his spouse or cause property damage because their vehicle was towed.

Suspect #1: Middle Eastern or East Indian male; 30-40 years old; 5’11” tall; 190 lbs; black hair

Suspect #2: Middle Eastern or East Indian male; 30-40 years old; 6’00” tall; 190 lbs; black hair

Vehicle: Black 2009 Mini Cooper

Theft from Vehicle

Reported at 10:22 pm / 400 Faxon Ave / 2013 Scion xB

Reported at 8:35 pm / 100 Saint Charles Ave / 2009 Dodge Charger

Daily Crime Report : Wed – Jan 28, 2015

Vandalism

8:38 am • 600 Eucalyptus Dr

Officers responded to a report of a vandalism. A grounds manager saw graffiti on the outside wall of his church.

Mental Health Detention

10:35 am • 1300 48th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a person lying on the sidewalk. Officers determined she was gravely disabled and therefore unable to care for herself. She was transported to a mental psychiatric center.

Fraud

10:40 am • 1600 Ocean Ave

A man walked into Taraval Station to report a fraud. He checked his records and saw an unauthorized ATM withdraw. An unknown suspect took money out of his account through an ATM.

Vandalism

11:24 am • 40th Ave and Judah St

A man walked into Taraval station to report a vehicular vandalism. He returned to his parked and unattended car and saw it had scratch marks on the sides.

Vandalism

12:05 pm • 2200 40th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a vandalism. An unknown person broke a victim’s home window.

Fraud

2:20 pm • 1200 Monterey Blvd

A woman walked into Taraval Station to report a fraud. She received a phone call from a company claiming she owed them money. She did not have any dealing with or connection to this company.

Suspicious Occurrence-Found Vehicle

5:32 pm •Juan Bautista / Burcareli Dr

Officers responded to a report of a robbery. A possible suspect vehicle was stopped and the suspects were detained. A victim refused to cooperate. The vehicle was reported stolen and it was subsequently towed. The possible suspects were released since they could not be positively identified.

Burglary

8:59 pm • 3200 20th Ave

Officers responded to a report of a burglary at a store. An employee said two suspects took merchandise and fled without paying. Officers determined the suspects had intended to commit the theft, therefore committing a burglary.

Suspect #1: Black male; 6’2” tall; 215 lbs; LSW: Black overcoat,black slacks.

Suspect #2: Black female; 5’7” tall; brown hair; LSW: Dark coat, cornrow hair style.

Under the Influence of Alcohol in a Public Place-Arrest

11:12 pm • 100 Bright St

Officers responded to a report of a person screaming and fighting. A aggressive man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for the above violation.

February 2015

Taraval Police Watch

Newsletter Moratorium?Taraval Newsletter

Last November, the San Francisco Police Department's Taraval Station stopped emailing its crime report to stakeholders. Instead the report is posted each week on the station's website, Taraval.org.

"I think it's actually a good thing," said Avrum Shepard, an area resident who suggested the change may be freeing up police resources for other work. For the past two years, West Portal has been asking for a beat cop.

Attached please find Taraval's newsletter covering events, daily crime reports and resourceful information in our neighborhoods and community ... ”

Taraval Station Captain Curtis Lum did assign a beat officer to West Portal last year, but because of a drop in the number of officers at the station, currently there is no officer assigned to the neighborhood. In two weeks, Lum may be able to assign an officer to West Portal.

The decision to stop emailing the crime report was a staffing consideration. Both putting together the email and sending it took a lot of time. Emailing had to be done in groups because one email could include only so many addresses. The station sent the monthly report to about 2,000 addresses.

Posting the report on the station's website frees up an officer to do other things. But Lum said that was not behind his ability to assign a beat officer to West Portal.

No one has complained about the decision to stop emailing the report. But people have asked why the emails stopped. A few months ago, the station informed recipients the report will no longer be emailed. Captain Lum said he sent out an email in November saying the station was ending its newsletter email distribution. The station directed people to its website where the same information is posted.

But many on the list did not receive the November email, and were left wondering what happened?

After Westside Observer's querys were directed to the station, residents received a newsletter email with a message from Lum: "Attached please find Taraval's newsletter covering events, daily crime reports and resourceful information in our neighborhoods and community ... Please be advised that I will be publishing the newsletter on a quarterly basis instead of weekly. For constant updates on Taraval Station, please visit our website at www.taraval.org."

Keith Burbank is a freelance San Francisco journalist.

Westside Observer Interview

A Chat With Captain Curtis Lum

Taraval Station Ranks Lowest in Crime in the City

WSO: How did Taraval Station get to be the station with the lowest crime rate in San Francisco? (According to the latest Comstat Report, the crime rate in the Taraval District was 18.21 crimes per 1,000 people for the month ending September 2013. The rate includes property crimes and violent crimes.)

Lum: It’s a combination of things. One, we have some pretty good officers out here. And to be an officer at a slower station, you have to look for crime. You don’t just walk out the door and see the guy smoking crack or committing a robbery right outside your door. You have to hunt it down. You have to go to areas where you think crime is occurring. So, that’s one thing, the officers are good.

Geographically, we are big. We’re the largest police district in San Francisco. 10.8 square miles. So that’s really big. We’re also mostly residential.”

The other thing. Geographically, we are big. We’re the largest police district in San Francisco. 10.8 square miles. So that’s really big. We’re also mostly residential. There are some commercial corridors. But, it’s generally residential. Our crime rate is based on the population, the amount of crime per 1,000 people. So because we have a lot of people, your crime rate is low. If we were really dense, and had a very low population, and had same number of crimes, your crime rate would be high. So that’s how it works.

WSO: Are you typically the district with the lowest crime rate?

Lum: This is my first station as a captain. So, when I came here that’s one thing that I noticed. So, I don’t know how it was before. Because I only started tracking things when I came here.

WSO: How long have you been captain at Taraval Station?

Lum: I’ve been here for about two years and eight months

WSO: And how long have you been with the San Francisco Police Department?

Lum: I’m going on my 25th year. I was a San Francisco Deputy Sheriff for four and a half years before that.

WSO: How are drivers without licenses treated when stopped for driving violations?

Lum: If they don’t have a license or their license is suspended, generally they are issued a citation. They have to go to court. The car can be towed away or the car can be released to someone. That’s basically how we handle it. The same is true for someone who is in the country illegally.

WSO: What changes will the captain make to make ensure another case like Ronald Gehrke does not occur again? (Gehrke was accused of going home while on duty as a Taraval Station beat officer).

Lum: Obviously, we talk to all the officers. We talk to the beat officers. ‘Hey, you have to be on your beat. You have to be visible.’ The other thing is supervision. Supervisors, the sergeants. You have to check up on the officers. Go to the same runs. Just be around. Be out and about and do your job. Things like that. Lieutenants the same thing. Talk to the officers. Lieutenants run the day to day operations at the station. So, they (the officers) watch the lieutenants. We’re always trying to train or improve and tell the officers the same thing over and over and over again, so it gets into the brain. You don’t want to become complacent.

WSO: Why such a harsh punishment for Gehrke?

Lum: I have no knowledge of who does that at all. What happened is basically internal affairs (did) its investigation. And then he was transferred out.

WSO: What are the station’s strengths?

Lum: One of the things, and this might go along with why the crime rate is the lowest. We’re always trying to see what can we do better. Is this working? Is it not working? So, one of the things that we do is we track all the reports that come through every day. Every time there is an incident report I get a little (note) of what happens. Someone turned in a gun. We had a warrant arrest. We had a recovered vehicle. Stolen vehicle. Theft from a building. Vandalism. A burglary. Something like that. And then some little comments here (in the log). It’s an arrest. License plate number. So, at a glance, the officer can see when he comes back from his days off, he looks at three days’ worth, and he (can say) ‘oh okay, this is what happened in my sector’. Because we do this by sector. This is the one-car sector, two-car...

So, if you’re working the one-car (sector), this is your sector. So you are responsible for it. You’ll still go all over the place, depending on if someone is not available here, you have to go here (pointing to another sector). But this is your area. So, after three days, if they’re off, they can come back and look at this (report or log) and see what happened in their sector.

Now, we also try to keep the same officers in their sector, so they kind of know what’s going on. They know the same people. If there are criminals in this district that hang out, they’ll know who they are because they always work that sector. So we try to do that.

The other thing is. If you look on this wall, there are maps of August, September and October. So if you look at all these dots, well these are crimes. So they’re (the dots) telling you we have crimes in certain areas. Now I like these maps, and I don’t like these maps. Because I can’t get these dots smaller. When people look at the maps, they say the crime is out of control. (But the dots should be much smaller.) So it’s kind of deceiving. But it’s a visual for us and the officers for where things are happening. But, right here, we have stolen cars.... This is the six-car area. So this is where we put our license plate reader vehicle to see if we can catch people driving stolen vehicles. Things like that.

So, we use these maps here. I have this here (referring to the log). It’s also in the assembly room for the officers to look at. And then we have a big screen TV where they have line up every day. So they’re sitting around a big table, and on the wall is a big 55 inch screen TV. And it has wanted posters, it has these maps. You can watch video. And we have watched video of certain crimes that are happening. So, the officer in the report-writing room glances up, and goes, ‘hey I know that guy.’ And that has happened before. We’ve gotten hits on like hey this guy is wanted for whatever. And an officer from either our station or another station will identify him because – since we got email, now we email the wanted posters to everyone in the police department. It goes to everyone. ‘Do you know this guy? This guy wanted for this or that.’ So, that’s been very helpful. The other thing that happened within the last six months (is we obtained) a full-time video retrieval officer, because video is now such a big part, all over the place. So, we have an officer, if there is any video around, he’ll go retrieve the video. And then all the officers who take (a) report, they’re supposed to look around for video (and) note that in the report. And then also backtrack. Hey, the suspect...if you’re the first responding officer, and you go and look at a video because here it is, okay the suspect went this way, so you walk that way, and you start looking around for other video and we try to find more video along the path. The guy came in and the guy exited. So, video has been very helpful. It helped us solve an assault with a deadly weapon case a couple of months ago. Three suspects beat up this one guy pretty bad. The victim fled into a garage where a couple was unloading their car. And then the suspects chased (the victim) and beat up the couple too. So we arrested those people (the suspects). It took us about two months. We went to different parts of the Bay Area. We were in, I think, Concord and the City of Richmond, trying to track these guys down. And that’s just all at the station level. The officers here were doing that. Video played a big part in the last homicide on the LRV (light rail vehicle, referring to the San Francisco State University student who was shot). So, with the video we had a picture of the guy, and then when other information was developed and you looked at the two pictures, you went okay, ‘looks like this is the guy,’ and they got him the next day. That was a good (unclear).... So video is a really big thing that we’re working on and we’re using. And we didn’t develop it here. This was at Northern Station. They did a pilot program. And it worked so well that we rolled it out at all the stations.

WSO: What will be the most pressing issues for the district in the coming year?

Lum: Crime-wise, it will probably be burglaries. Auto burglaries. Those seem to be consistent for the last two years that I have been here. It’s just never gone away. It kind of goes up and goes down. We catch people and then it goes up. We don’t catch anyone, (and) it goes down. Or we catch someone, (and) it goes down. So, there’s no consistency. It’s not like I catch all the burglars and everything goes down. It’s the same. I go, ‘what’s going on?’ So, that’ll probably be what’s going to be happening in the next year.

WSO: Do you have a plan to deal with that?

Lum: Yes. Well, one is what we’ve been doing. The other thing is the educational piece. We’re always trying to have citizens help us. Because we cannot do this by ourselves. Most of our arrests are not the police officer driving by watching a guy with a mask and holding a bag of money climbing out a window. That just doesn’t happen. It’s usually a citizen calling, saying, ‘Hey, I’m looking at my neighbors. Some guy just came out of his garage. I don’t know who he is.’ And then we know, okay it’s most likely a burglary. And then, the officers are good. Because they know what’s happening. They flood the area, set up a perimeter and lock it down. And then, we can find the guy. That’s how we get the burglars.

So, the crime prevention/neighborhood watch groups – working with SF Safe. That’s a big part of what I do. SF Safe will come out, and they’ll help someone set up a neighborhood watch group. And then I’ll go and I’ll speak too. And then we’ll have officers go and talk to them. One of the things that we started this year was if a citizen wanted to learn about crime prevention techniques. Hey, invite two or three of your neighbors. Hopefully you’ll get about five. And we, the police officers we’ll go to your house and just sit down and tell you about crime prevention techniques. So, it’s not SF Safe. But it’s kind of neat to have a uniform police officer come and tell you what’s going on in your neighborhood and this is how you can make your house safe and you yourself be safe. We started that here this year.

WSO: Are there any crime trends occurring in the district this year? And are they increasing or decreasing?

Lum: Yes, there are certain crime trends. Burglaries. One of the things we have been noticing is residential burglaries on houses that are under construction. So, if you’re having your house remodeled and no one’s there, someone is going in, and not stealing your lamp or your computer, they’re stealing the construction workers’ tools. That’s not new, but we’ve noticed that in the past few months.

WSO: Is there is a strategy to deal with that?

Lum: Yes, of course, but I’m not going to tell you. Other than we want people to know about it, so they can protect themselves. If you have a place that’s under construction, tell us here so we can note it down, so we can go by there. That’s what I want. So the cops can make extra patrols. And if we see suspicious people there or someone at night, ‘Hey, why are you here at night?’ We know it’s under construction. Then we can do something about that. Because the area is so big, and there is so many places under construction. At night we can’t tell, it’s just closed up. It looks like a regular house. We don’t know if it’s under construction or not.

This interview took place at Taraval Station, October 21, 2013. The questions and responses were edited for clarity.
Keith Burbank is a local journalist.

November 2013

Crime and Safety Focus

Captain Curtis Lum

Taraval Station/SF Police Dept

E-Mail: Curtis.Lum @sfgov.org

2345 24th Avenue • SF 94116

(415) 759-3100

Taraval District: lowest crime rate in the City

Captain Curtis Lam announced that the Part 1 crime rate which is homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, burglary theft from vehicle, arson, and other theft is 15.35 per 1000 residents in the Taraval District. This is the lowest Part 1 crime rate in the City.

SF's Crime Increases Overall

Although 2012's annual report indicates an increase in total Part 1 Crimes in San Francisco over 2011 statics by 8 percent, Police Chief Greg Suhr's annual report attributed the increase largely to "the rampant theft of mobile devices, the overall statistics illustrate the continuance of a four-year reduction in violent crimes occurring within the city."

"Violent crime in 2012 was 14 percent below what it was in 2008, yet up 8 percent from 2011, the year with the lowest rate of violence during this five-year comparison."

There were 38 homicides that occurred in the City within the first six months of 2012, compared with 28 during the same period in 2011. Even though seven of these happened in two separate incidents, five in a single residence on Howth Street and another the result of a sad murder-suicide pact between an elderly couple, the uptick in violent crime, specifically fatal gun violence, demands immediate attention.

1981 Rape-Murder Parkmerced Case Ends in Conviction

On the night of November 27, 1981, Annie Barcelon and her roommate returned home from a night with friends. Annie's roommate grew concerned about her whereabouts when she did not come up to the apartment after parking her car and called the police. Annie was found in the basement of her apartment building, raped and strangled. Without any leads, the case grew cold. In 2004, cold-hit DNA identified Lance Ford, a convicted felon in custody on unrelated sexual assault charges, as the suspect. Due to a backlog of murder cases in San Francisco, the prosecution of Ford was delayed until September 2012. After as hort trial, it took jurors only two days to return a guilty verdict.

The SFPD's Homicide Division strengthened the Cold Case Unit with the help of a federally-funded DNA grant. The funds allowed the Department to expand the Unit to include two full-time inspectors and two-part time employees, retired inspectors who are allowed to return to work under new state regulations. To the benefit of cold case investigations, these two seasoned, veteran inspectors contributed to the identification of several suspects in cold cases

New Pedestrian Safety Improvement

Implemented on Sloat Boulevard

Along with city and state officials, community members, WalkSF, and Principal Ishibashi and students from Lowell High School unveiled the newest pedestrian safety improvements made to Sloat Boulevard. One noticeable improvement is a new mast-am traffic beacon located at Sloat Boulevard and Forest View Drive. The High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon system is the first of its kind in San Francisco and only the second in California. Other improvements of the intersection include an extended median, bulb-outs on three cones, pedestrian countdown signals, ADA-compliant curb ramps, high-visibility crosswalks and additional streetlights.

From Supervisor Katy Tang's October 2013 Newsletter

Traffic Safety - Focus on the Five-

In an effort to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety Citywide, the San Francisco Police Department has identified the five most dangerous intersections in the Taraval District. We have implemented the "Focus on the Five" traffic safety initiative. Taraval Station Officers will be engaging in increased traffic enforcement at these intersections.

The top five collision causes as, noted by San Francisco Collision Reports are:

• Driving at unsafe speed given conditions of roadway; CVC 22350 - $238 to $490 fine;

• Vehicular violation of signal red light; CVC 21453 - $490 fine;

• Failure to yield to pedestrian at a crosswalk; CVC 21950 - $238 fine;

• Failure to yield while make a left or U-turn; CVC 22107 - $238 fine;

• Failure to stop at a STOP sign limit line; CVC 22450 - $238 fine.

Crime Alert Notification

Robbery with Gun photos of suspect

Description of Suspect: Hispanic or White male, full black beard, approx. 5'08", 170 lbs.

Wearing: black hooded sweatshirt with white tab on top of hood, black knit cap (beanie), dark pants; Wearing black hooded sweatshirt with white tab on top of hood, black baseball cap with reflective stickers on bill, dark jeans with buttons on rear pockets and rolled up at the cuff, black shoes.

Weapon: Handgun

Brief Narrative: The above Suspect is believed to be responsible for at least three robberies with a gun in the month of July. The locations of the robberies have consistently been along the Taraval corridor from 16th Avenue to 44th Avenue. The Suspect will approach the victims and either exhibit a firearm or reveal the firearm which is tucked in his waist band, the loss in the robberies have been either US currency or cell phones.

The first incident occurred at 45th and Rivera.

The second incident occurred at 44th and Taraval (Liquor Store).

The third incident occurred in the area of 16th and Taraval St.

Please do not attempt to apprehend the Suspect, but if you recognize the Suspect in the above pictures, please contact the below assigned investigator.

Major Crimes Unit: Contact Investigator

Sgt. Anthony Ravano (415) 734-3179 anthony.ravano@sfgov.org

Captain Lam's next Taraval Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center, 650 Capitol Ave. 759-3100.

October 2013

You Can Prevent
Auto Break-ins

Auto break-ins are the most common property crime in San Francisco. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your property and make your car less attractive to thieves. Most property crimes are crimes of opportunity; your goal is to make your car look like it’s not worth the trouble for a the thief.

Lock your doors

While this piece of advice should be a no-brainer, up to a quarter of vehicle thefts are from unlocked cars, according to some law enforcement agencies. Even if you’re running into the store for a soda, that’s too long to leave your vehicle’s contents open for the taking. Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target.

Keep it tidy

Almost any worthless personal item that’s visible from the outside, even an empty shopping bag, could be seen as a valuable or a carrier of valuables. If you have a wagon or SUV that leaves your cargo area on display, consider getting a cover. Most of these vehicles can be fitted with inexpensive retractable covers to help keep shopping bags or other belongings out of sight. Hide all electronic equipment Don’t leave any bait out for thieves; store your electronics and accessories well out of sight-or better yet, bring it with you. The evidence alone might be enough to catch the attention of thieves, so hide that too, including power plugs, telltale iPod adapters, or nav-system windshield suction cup mounts, and even put the cigarette lighter back in place.

Hide before — not after — you park

Get in the habit of putting shopping bags in the trunk right when you return to the vehicle, rather than after you park at the next place. According to National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) spokesman Frank Scafidi, thieves sometimes linger in busy parking lots looking for valuables beingmoved out of sight. Don’t display to them what you have.

Close windows and sunroofs completely

No, it’s not just because thieves might reach in through the gap and open your locks with a coat hanger. Open windows will disable the pressure sensor in some car alarms, leaving the vehicle more vulnerable to break-in and potentially giving thieves more time before the alarm sounds.

Get an alarm

If you don’t have an alarm system, get one. The noise alone may be enough to scare away an inexperienced thief and prevent the break-in. Factory-option alarm systems are generally best, but a carefully installed, properly calibrated aftermarket system can provide just as much safety. Beware, many less-expensive new cars have remote entry but not a true alarm.

Park for visibility

Park in a busy, well-lit area, and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, or foliage. Except for the most brazen thieves, the greater the chances are that someone might see a crime in progress, the lower the chances are that the potential thief will attempt it.

Scam Alert: PG&E Moneypak Scam

There have been several reports of victims receiving a phone calls from a persons claiming to be from PG&E. The caller tells the person that their utilities are going to be turned off due to non-payment of a PG&E bill. The victim, who has usually been late paying in the past, believes this is a legitimate call. The caller tells the victim that the only way to pay the bill is for the victim to go to a store and buy a “Green Dot” money card. After the victim buys this card, the caller calls back and asks for the pin number. The victim gives the caller the pin number and the caller uses it to access the money contained in the money card. One victim was scammed out of over a thousand dollars.

Use your MoneyPak number only with businesses on MonyPak approved list. If anyone else asks for your MoneyPak number or information from your receipt, it’s probably a scam. Don’t give your MoneyPak number to pay for something you buy through the classifieds or to collect a prize or sweepstakes. Do not give away your receipt information to another party either. If you give your MoneyPak number or information about the purchase transaction to a criminal, Green Dot is not responsible for paying you back. Your MoneyPak is not a bank account. The funds are not insured against loss.

Anyone who has questions regarding their PG & E billing statements, please contact PG & E Customer Service line 1-800-743-5000.

Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

The San Francisco Police Department has developed a volunteer citizen disaster preparedness program. The Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) will recruit, train, credential, and uniform volunteers to assist law enforcement in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco.

The ALERT program is modeled after and works in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). The ALERT program will train members of the public to assist law enforcement in essential tasks after a major disaster. Such tasks may include: traffic control, foot patrol of business and residential areas, reporting criminal activity, working in partnership with NERT volunteers to provide well-being checks, assisting with medical aid, at district police stations, or with Animal Care and Control in the handling of pets, securing resource locations, and delivering logistical supplies. In addition, ALERT members will direct individuals to mass casualty and shelter locations, assist at reunification centers, provide support at schools for reunification, and participate in Operation Return.

Volunteers will receive training from both the San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Police Department.

For a comprehensive overview of the ALERT program, please visit our webpage at www.sanfranciscopolice.org/alert Additional information can also be obtained by emailing sfpdalert@sfgov.org, or by calling Sergeant Mark Hernandez (SFPD, Ret.), SFPD ALERT Program Coordinator, at (415) 401-4615.

May 2013

SFPD Lake Merced Range night training -
PUBLIC NOTICE

Please take notice that the SFPD Lake Merced Range will be conducting training for the police academy classes on the following dates:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

• 236th Lateral Class Night Firing Training Course

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

• 235th Basic Recruit Class Night Firing Course

Thursday, June 20, 2013

• 235th Basic Recruit Class Night Firing Course

This notice is to notify neighbors and residence around the Lake Merced Facility of the noise of gun fire at night. The training will cease at 11:00 pm.

Submitted by Sgt. Wallace Gin, Rangemaster, Lake Merced Range

Officer Involved Shooting in the Richmond DistrictPeter Russell

On March 15th at approximately 4:30 A.M., the San Francisco Police Department received a call regarding a suspect jumping on the roof of a taxi cab. The suspect was identified as Peter Russell, 25, San Francisco resident. The taxi cab driver, fearing for his safety, exited the taxi cab and fled. Russell stole the taxi cab and fled the area.

The taxi cab was tracked by global positioning system (GPS) to the area of Jackson and Spruce Street. Officers responded to the area and located the stolen taxi cab at the dead end of Spruce Street. As the officers approached Russell, he made a u-turn and drove the stolen taxi cab directly at the officers and their patrol vehicles. As the officers leaped out of the path of the oncoming vehicle, one officer fired his service weapon at Russell. The stolen taxi cab struck one of the patrol vehicles as it fled the area.

The taxi cab was tracked to the Fort Mason area and the abandoned taxi cab was located near Octavia and Bay Streets. Russell was located nearby and arrested without incident. Russell was booked into San Francisco County Jail on the following charges: carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and driving while under the influence.

SFPD Arrest Human Trafficking SuspectsJaquain Young

The San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, along with Richmond Police Station and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) arrested a suspect who recruited a juvenile for the purpose of commercial sex, on March 11, 2013. The suspect agreed to meet the juvenile at 48th Avenue and Point Lobos in San Francisco. The suspect then drove to the arranged location, where two suspects were subsequently placed under arrest.

The first suspect is identified as 39 year old, San Francisco resident, Jaquain Young. Young was charged with human trafficking, pandering, pimping, participating in a criminal street gang and conspiracy, all felony charges.Ijeama Ogbuagu

The second suspect is identified as 25 year old, San Francisco resident Ijeoma Ogbuagu. Ogbuagu was charged with participating in a criminal street gang, conspiracy and an outstanding felony warrant.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact SVU Sergeant Flores at (415) 553-9225. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling the SFPD tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD typed in at the beginning of the message.

George Court Officer Involved Shooting

On March 5, 2013 at approximately 6:49 PM, four uniformed San Francisco Police Officers were traveling in a marked SFPD police car and were patrolling the Bayview Hunters Point Public Housing Properties near Ingalls and Kiska Road. The officers saw a silver BMW sedan that was wanted in connection with an armed carjacking, in which the suspect used a long barreled gun (rifle or shotgun). When the suspect failed to stop, the officers initiated a pursuit of the vehicle which ended in the cul-de-sac of George Court.

Upon reaching the end of George Court, the suspect vehicle stopped. The officers exited their patrol car with the intent of ordering the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect, however, refused to stop and drove in reverse towards the officers. The rear of the suspect vehicle stuck the front end of the police car. The suspect vehicle continued backwards, striking an officer. The vehicle continued in reverse, struck a second police car and came to a stop. The officer that was struck was now in front of the suspect vehicle and in danger of being struck again as it began moving forward. Other officers, fearing for the life of the officer who was in the path of the suspect vehicle, discharged their firearms at the suspect. The suspect drove forward and crashed into a residential building where the vehicle came to rest.

The suspect sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. At the time of this press release, the suspect had not been booked. His name and booking charges are pending and will be released at a later time. The officer that was struck by the vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released by paramedics. None of the other officers involved were injured.

Investigators noted that the suspect and vehicle bore similarities to an ongoing robbery series in which a shotgun has been used. Robbery Inspectors will be looking into the similarities to determine if there is any connection.

This incident is being investigated by the SFPD Homicide Detail, which investigates officer involved shootings, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the SFPD Internal Affairs Division and the Office of Citizen’s Complaints.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact SFPD homicide investigators at (415) 553-1145, the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Leads Online

Electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops are favorite targets of thieves. These items are stolen in residential burglaries, car burglaries, and robberies. Leads On-line is the nation’s largest online investigative database that is used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and to solve crimes.

“Report It” is a service that citizens can use to enter their own serial numbers, photographs, item descriptions or scanned receipts of all of their items of value directly into Leads On-line’s database without charge. This would allow law enforcement to locate any of their stolen items if someone attempted to pawn the items in any pawn shop nationwide.

Leads On-line has also partnered with eBay in order to prevent thieves from using eBay to offer stolen items for sale. eBay automatically uploads all of its transactions into the Leads On-line database. This service prevents illegal transactions on the eBay website and it will help law enforcement identify the criminal responsible for the theft.

The instructions on how to use the Leads On-line database is posted online at leadsonline.com or reportit.leadsonline.com.

April 2013

 

Homicide

On Friday, February 22, 2013, a 20-year-old man was shot and killed. The SFPD is actively investigating this case. Information that can be released is very limited. The San Francisco medical examiner’s office identified the victim as San Francisco resident Lawrence Collins. He was found shot in the head at about 7:05 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Capitol Avenue.police line

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said Collins was pronounced dead upon arrival.

No arrests have been made in the case. If you know anything about this homicide, please contact the SFPD. To leave an anonymous tip call (415) 242-9753 or to text a tip, text TIP411.

The officers at Taraval Station are aware of the situation and have been instructed to conduct high profile patrols in the area. Additionally, our TNT/plainclothes unit is working in the area.

The police department is aware of the concerns that incidents such as these may have on the community. We are doing our best to reduce the crimes and allay these concerns.

But we need your help. If you see something suspicious, call us. We respond to numerous calls for service everyday. If it is nothing, it’s ok. If it is something, we have a better chance solving the case by stopping and arresting the suspect.

Hit & Run Vehicle and Suspect

On Sunday February 24, 2013 at around 2:05 AM two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle on Green and Fillmore Streets. The pedestrians were walking southbound on Fillmore when they were struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Green causing serious injuries. similar vehicleThe suspect fled the scene. The victims were transported to the hospital, one with life threatening injuries and one with non life threatening injuries. Video and debris found at the scene revealed the suspect vehicle to be a 2008 - 2012 Honda Accord sedan, dark in color with major damage to the right front headlight assembly, right fender, right side hood and passenger side windshield.

Photo: similar vehicle

Anyone with information is asked to contact San Francisco Police anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

Speeding vehicles

radar speed readerAre there people driving too fast in your neighborhood? Email Officer Kwan at fred.kwan@sfgov.org and let him know. He will put Taraval Station’s radar trailer in the area.

For traffic enforcement, email me at curtis.lum@sfgov.org.

Human traffickingantique slave sculpture

SFPD Special Victims Unit, Richmond Station and Taraval Station

From January 24-26, 2013, the SFPD Special Victims Unit, Richmond Station, and Taraval Station conducted an investigation on human trafficking. Two homes were investigated, one in the Richmond District and one in the Taraval District. Human trafficking victims were rescued. This investigation is on-going.

SFPD Seek Assistance 2005 Homicide - Gabriel Zavala

Gabriel ZavalaSan Francisco Police Homicide Inspectors are seeking assistance in solving the 2005 murder of Mr. Gabriel Zavala.

The Mayor’s Office has authorized a $10,000.00 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person (s) responsible for the murder of Mr. Gabriel Zavala which occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday February 26, 2005 on the 100 block of Valmar Street in San Francisco.

Mr. Zavala was 29 years old at the time of his death. He was employed as an engineer for the NASA Ames Research Facility, in Mountain View. He leaves behind a grieving wife, son, daughter, parents and sisters.

There may be persons who either witnessed the event, or may have information obtained from the suspect (s). We are urging witnesses to come forward.

San Francisco Police and family members of Gabriel Zavala will be available for the media to answer questions pertaining to the case on Tuesday February 26, 2013 on the 100 block of Valmar Street at 6:00 PM

Anyone with information is urged to contact Inspector Daniel Dedet, Robert Velarde, or Scott Warnke at the San Francisco Police Homicide Detail at (415) 553-1145, or the Department of Communications at (415) 553-1071, or call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or “Text-a-Tip” at TIP411. Please reference “SFPD” in the subject line. Case Number 050 222 878

Aggravated Assaultsuspect

San Francisco Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect involved in an aggravated assault that occurred on February 2nd at approximately 1:00 A.M. on Bartlett Street between 22nd and 23rd. The victim was walking southbound on Bartlett Street and the suspect was walking in the opposite direction. As the victim passed the suspect, the suspect punched the victim multiple times. The victim attempted to protect herself from the suspect by covering her face with her hands. The suspect fled the area and is at large. At this point in the investigation a robbery or sexual assault does not appear to be the motive.

Investigators from Special Victims Unit believe the suspect may be involved in an assault on January 6th. The assault occurred approximately 2:40 A.M. in the area of 23rd and Church Streets. The victim and suspect were also walking in opposite directions when the suspect lunged at the victim and threw her to the ground. The suspect straddled the victim and slammed her head into the ground. The suspect fled the area when the victim screamed for help.

Investigators believed the incidents may be connected because the suspect descriptions are similar as is the mode of attack. The suspect operated in similar fashion in both incidents. A sketch accompanies this press release.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact SVU Inspector Rico Castillo at (415) 734-3004. Anyone who wants to leave an anonymous tip can call San Francisco Police anonymously at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD typed in at the beginning of the message.

“I Am More Than” Video Contest

Jeff AdachiTo recognize Black History Month, the Teen Forum of the San Francisco Police Department, in conjunction with partner organizations including but not limited to Mo’ Magic, and the Boys and Girls Clubs, have organized a self expression contest for students to address bias and stereotyping. Students will have the opportunity to use their voice, creative artwork, speech, photos and any other creative avenues to express vision.

The contest began on February 15, 2013 and will close on April 26, 2013 for final submission of entries. The committee will announce the winners during the “Week of the Child” at a press conference at 6:00 PM on May 17, 2013 at City Hall. San Francisco elected and appointed officials will further recognize the winners at the press conference. The winning video will be displayed on www.momagic.org for one year.

The contest is open to middle / high school students attending public, private, or home schools of San Francisco.

For more information and registration you can visit www.momagic.org

Mo’ Magic is an outreach program of the SF Public Defender’s Office at 1050 McAllister St. (415)567-0400, email: info@momagic.org

Traffic Stop Results in the Arrest of an Attempted Murder Suspect Chiquillo

On February 11,officers in the area of 3rd St. and Oakdale St. when they saw a silver VW vehicle pull up along side them at a stop light. The driver, Christopher Chiquillo, 19, San Francisco, was observed opening an alcoholic beverage and drinking it while waiting for the light to turn green.

The officers conducted a traffic stop, and determined that Chiquillo did not possess, a valid driver’s license. Officers searched him and recovered several rounds of ammunition and a silver handgun on his person.

Investigating officers also determined that Chiquillo was involved in a domestic violence incident on February 10, 2013, just one day prior, where he had fired shots at the victim using a silver pistol.

Chiquillo was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, domestic violence, traffic violation and attempted murder.

March 2013

SFMTA Announces Sunday Parking Meters

On January 6, 2013, all San Francisco parking meters throughout the city began operating from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Meters operated by the Port of San Francisco around Fisherman’s Wharf and the Port, already operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. For the first three weeks of Sunday metering, violators also will get warnings rather than citations, with the hope that the dreaded sight of paper tickets flapping on the windshield will be an effective reminder of the change.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Arrest Suspect In 2010 SF Homicide Case

On December 3, 2012, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested homicide suspect, 29 year old Andre Bueno while conducting a traffic enforcement stop. Bueno had an outstanding arrest warrant for a murder in San Francisco.Andre Bueno

This case stems from a January 2010 homicide on the 2400 block of Moraga. In this case, the suspects entered a home and murdered the victim while assaulting others inside during a home invasion robbery.

Bueno was extradited back to San Francisco on January 16, 2013. Bueno remains in custody on murder charges.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident or the suspect contact Inspector Kevin Jones or Inspector Pam Hofsass, at the SFPD Homicide Detail at (415) 553-1145.

You may also call anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message. A mug shot will not be available at this time due to pending identification matters.

The Line-Up

Pharmacy Rx Robbery with Gun

Weapon: Black Semi Auto Handgun

Description of Suspects: Suspect #1 is a Black male, 20 to 25 Years old, Black Hair, thin build, 5’08” to 5’10”. Last seen wearing possible Oakley baseball hat, black ski jacket, dark pants, blue backpack, white gloves, possibly pudgy nose, and may be left handed. Suspect #2 is a Black male, 20 to 25 years old, thin build, 5’10” black hair. Last seen wearing dark ski jacket, dark sneakers, black and white gloves.

MO: In both incidents the suspects entered family run Pharmacies during daytime hours with limited customers inside the store. Suspect #1 seen in the video wearing white gloves and holding a black semi-automatic handgun, forces employees towards the back of the store and attempted to take medicine containing oxycodone. The suspects took several medications in both stores with the word Oxy on the label.

Date of incident: 01/14/13 Location: 1800 block Noriega St. & 1900 block of Clement St.

Contact: Contact Inspector Peterson, Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) at 415-553-1201

Sexual Assault SuspectRicky Philsith

Weapon: Knife

Description of Suspect: The suspect is described as 35 years of age, 6’00”, 180 lbs., with black hair, and black eyes, with pockmarks on his face. He speaks Thai and limited English.

MO: The suspect, Ricky Philsith (aka Ratanaphon Philsith), attempted to sexually assault the female victim. When she resisted, he began choking her and then stabbed her in the head with a knife. The suspect had previously threatened to kill the victim and her boyfriend. The suspect is known to have two firearms registered to him and carries a knife and may be in possession of these weapons. A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Philsith’s arrest. He has been known to drive a 2011 Toyota Seneca, dark-gray, four-door, with license plate number KUMAN77.

Date of incident: January 7, 2013

Location: 400 block of 39th Avenue, San Francisco

Contact: If anyone has any information concerning the whereabout of the suspect, please call the Special Victims Unit, 553-1361 or anonymously via on-line, phone, or text below. URL: http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org/index.aspx?recordid=464&page=4091

Scam Alert

Be aware of the latest series of scams targeting older Chinese victims resulting in great financial loss. The latest reported incident occurred on January 19th on the 2500 block of Noriega Street at approximately 10:15 am. As a result of the scam, the victim a 70-year-old San Francisco woman sustained a loss of currency and valuables amounting to approximately $50,000.00.

In this incident, the victim was approached by the first of three Cantonese-speaking suspects, all female, just after the victim left a restaurant. One suspect asked her if she knew where to find a particular Chinese doctor. As part of the scam, the second suspect pretends to have overheard the conversation, telling the suspect that she knows where to find the doctor. These two suspects then convince the victim to walk with them to the supposed location of the doctor, on the 1600 block of Noriega Street. At this point, the two suspects meet up on the street with the third suspect acting as a the doctor, who, in conversation with the victim, tells her that she is suffering from an illness and that she is under a curse that will adversely affect her loved ones. To relieve the curse, the victim must present her with valuables to be “blessed,” thus relieving the curse. The suspects accompanies the victim to her home, where she got her valuables, consisting of currency and jewelry, and brought them to the suspects waiting on the nearby street. A “blessing” was performed and, in a dexterous switch, another bag containing worthless items were given to the victim, who was instructed not to look in the bag for a specified amount of time, lest the “blessing” be invalidated.

Police obtained video surveillance footage of the incident. The three suspects are all wearing hats. The suspect’s vehicle in the video is a late model silver Toyota Prius. A fourth suspect, a Chinese male, remained in the car.

Tips. Do not speak with strangers. Do not give money or valuables to be “purified”. There is no lucky jade bracelet. If you are approached by strangers with this story or something similar, call 911.

Anyone with information on these cases are asked to call the San Francisco Police

Department Financial Crimes Unit at (415) 553-1521.

February 2013

Captain’s Message

Leads On-Line

Electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops are favorite targets of thieves. These items are stolen in residential burglaries, car burglaries, and robberies.

Leads On-line is the nation’s largest online investigative database that is used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and to solve crimes.

“Report It” is a service that citizens can use to enter their own serial numbers, photographs, item descriptions or scanned receipts of all of their items of value directly into Leads On-line’s database without charge. This would allow law enforcement to locate any of their stolen items if someone attempted to pawn the items in any pawn shop nationwide.

Leads On-line has also partnered with eBay in order to prevent thieves from using eBay to offer stolen items for sale. eBay automatically uploads all of its transactions into the Leads On-line database. The instructions on how to use the Leads On-line database is posted online at leadsonline.com or reportit.leadsonline.com.

Toy Drive

It’s Christmas time again and the San Francisco Police Department will be collecting toys to give to underprivileged children. If you able to donate a new toy, please bring it to Taraval Station at 2345-24th Ave. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

December 2012

Police Blotter has been discontinued.

The establishment of taraval.org and specifically taraval.org/archive/archive.html gives the Westside residents full access to newsletter and crime reports beginning with the December 9, 2009 issue. We applaud the Taraval Station for this major step to keep the residents informed.