| Oct./Nov Crime Log
Courtesy of Jane Warner, Police Special Patrol Officer Nov 13, 2009
Halloween Night Incidents
16th and Market Street Flower Stand, Oct. 31 at 6:18 p.m.
During the Halloween festivities, a group of five to six men wearing only diapers walked past the flower stand in front of the Baghdad Café. “Hey, give me some flowers.” One of the men yelled at the attendant and grabbed a bunch yanking them out of their vase. The merchant went to take the flowers back, but one of the men punched him in the face and pushed him backward into the flower stand. The force of the blow broke the merchant’s nose and caused him to fall into the numerous vases of flowers knocking them over. The suspects fled into the crowd and several witnesses called the police. Officers responded and as they tended to the victim, the diapered suspects attempted to get into their pick up truck parked in front of Harvest Market, one door down. Officers spotted the suspects and quickly detained them. The victim identified the assailant that had stolen his flowers and broken his nose. That man, 22, was arrested and booked for robbery. The other detained suspects were identified and released at the scene.
Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Probation Violation
Arco, 2400 Market, Oct. 31, 7:20 p.m.
A police officer observed a man standing in front of Arco Gas Station with a lead pipe sticking out of his back pocket. The officer stopped the man and asked what he was doing with the pipe. The man could not give the officer a good answer. A computer query revealed the suspect was wanted in the state of Oregon for a non-extraditable warrant and was on active parole in San Francisco. Two probation officers, who were assigned to the Castro area due to the Halloween festivities, responded to the scene. The 26-year-old man was taken to Mission Station and booked for carrying a concealed weapon and probation violation.
Malicious Mischief, Breaking Windows
Roxie Theater, Oct. 31, 3:50 p.m.
A man approached the attendant who was sitting in the box office and mumbled something to him through the glass window. The employee could not understand him and asked him to repeat what he had said. The man became angry and suddenly hit the glass window with the palm of his hand causing a large crack in the glass and then walked away. The employee called the police who searched the area for the suspect described as African American, 50 years old wearing a black cap, gray jacket and carrying an open beer can, but could not find him. Two hours later, however, the suspect showed up again and the employee called the police who found the suspect and arrested him for vandalism. The suspect was taken to Mission Station, given a citation to appear in court and released from custody.
Fronting Castro Theater, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.
During the Halloween festivities, a police sergeant observed a man staggering and having a hard time standing up. The sergeant determined the man was impaired under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for being drunk in public. The suspect, 49, was taken to Mission Station where a computer query discovered he had 38 outstanding warrants. The suspect was booked accordingly.
Fronting The Café, Castro and Market, Oct. 31, 11:35 p.m.
A man was standing in line at The Café with another man when his ex-boyfriend suddenly came up to him and punched him in the back of the head. The force of the blow caused the victim to fall to the pavement. The suspect jumped on top of him and started to punch him numerous times in the body and face. Witnesses pulled the suspect off the victim and the suspect ran away lost in the crowd of Halloween revelers. Officers soon arrived and searched the area for the assailant described as an Asian male, 23 years old wearing a wig and a backpack with a stuffed animal hanging out, but could not find him. A report was filed and an emergency protective order was issued.
Church and 16th, Oct. 31, 12:17 p.m.
Police responded to a call of a man breaking into a car using a coat hanger. When they arrived they found the suspect, who claimed the car belonged to his friend. The detained man called his friend on his cell phone and his friend met the officers, showed his license and registration and told them he had given his friend permission to get into the car because he had lost the keys. The officers released the 50-year-old man on auto burglary charges but a computer query discovered he had an outstanding warrant for $6000. Officers transported the suspect to Mission Station and booked him for the want.
Castro and Market, Oct. 31, 3:46 p.m.
A man was sitting in his car waiting for the light to change at the intersection of Castro and Market when a Kia Optima pulled up along side him. The driver of the Optima rolled down her window and started screaming. “Get out of your car.” The man rolled down his window to ask her what she wanted. The woman continued to scream and got out of her car, reached through the open window of the man’s vehicle and slapped him in the face. The suspect got back in her car and drove westbound on 17th Street. The man called the police and told responding officers he had never seen the suspect before, described as African American, heavy set in her 40s, and had no idea why she slapped him.
Safeway, 2020 Market Street, Oct. 31, 11:04 p.m.
A security officer observed a woman come into the store and look around the alcohol aisle. The guard watched as the woman took a bottle of gin off the shelf and conceal it in her purse. Exiting the store, the woman passed several cash registers but made no attempt to pay for the alcohol. Store security stopped her outside in the parking lot and brought her back to the store and called the police. Officers arrived and took custody of the woman. A computer check revealed she had been arrested prior for shoplifting and had spent one day in jail, making this offense a felony. The 20-year-old suspect was taken to Mission Station and booked for theft with a prior conviction.
Driving Under the Influence
Castro and 18th, Nov. 1, 12:10 a.m.
A man drove past a line of police officers posted at 18th and Castro during the Halloween festivities talking on his cell phone. Several officers saw the violation and ordered the man to pull over. The driver complied and rolled down his window. The approaching officer could smell an odor of alcohol emitting from the interior of the car. “Have you had anything to drink tonight?” the officer asked. The man admitted to having two cocktails in the course of two hours. After performing several field sobriety tests, the officer determined the man was drunk and took him into custody. The 48-year-old suspect was transported to Mission Station where he refused to take a breath test. The man was taken to the county jail, given a blood draw and booked for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Battery, Suspicious Occurrence
2223 Market Street Restaurant, Nov. 1, 2:23 a.m. Officers on patrol observed a woman standing in front of the No-Name Restaurant bleeding from her arm. Another woman was standing next to her and the window of the restaurant was broken. The two women told officers they had been fighting and the injured woman went to hit the other women, but missed striking the large glass window, breaking it. The two women declined to press charges against one another and officers called an ambulance for the injured victim who was taken to SFGH for the injuries she sustained when she put her arm through the window. Officers identified both women, filed a report and left a case number taped to the front of the door of the restaurant for the owner who could not be located. The fire department responded to the scene and secured the broken window.
Fronting Walgreen’s, 18th and Castro, Nov. 1, 2:48 a.m.
A police sergeant on routine patrol observed two women arguing with each other while sitting at the bus stop. The heated verbal exchange soon grew and the two women began hitting each other. Both women fell to the sidewalk rolling on top of each other pulling each other’s hair. The sergeant quickly separated the women who identified themselves as sisters. An ambulance was called to the scene and the women, 17 and 21, refused to press charges on one another. The 17-year-old was treated by paramedics and transported to Davies where she was released to her father.
Theft from Building
Beck’s Motor Lodge, 2222 Market, Nov. 1, 6:48 a.m.
A man, who was partying in the Castro during the Halloween festivities, met three other men and they all decided to go back to his hotel room at Beck’s. The next morning when the man awoke, the three men were gone and so was his backpack. Inside his backpack were an iPod, iPod speakers, connecters, headphones and some prescription medication. The suspects are described as white males in their late 30’s one of the suspects was named ‘Ricky’.
Battery, Resisting, Delaying Arrest
2342 Market, Nov. 1, 1:39 a.m.
Police were flagged down by a woman who stated she was punched by a man in the crowd of revelers. As the woman was talking to the officers she spotted the suspect across the street. “That’s him,” she stated pointing. The officers ran across the street and detained the suspect sitting him on the sidewalk. The woman told officers the man was following her and her friends. When she told him to stop ‘tagging’ her, he punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground. As she was telling the officers her story, the suspect suddenly stood up and started running. Officers gave chase and tackled the culprit. The 25-year-old suspect was transported to Mission Station and cited for battery and delaying peace officer duties.
Theft from Bldg, Possession of Stolen Property, Warrants; Arrest Made:
The Café, 2367 Market, Q-Bar, 456 Castro, Oct. 23, 2:02 a.m.
The manager of The Café, located at 2367 Market Street discovered his keys to the business were missing from his office. The manager played back the security tapes and saw a strange man enter the office area about two hours earlier. The tape clearly showed the intruder holding the keys to the building in his hand. The manager printed out a photo of the suspect described as a white male, 6’00, 180 lbs wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans and notified the bar’s security manager who called the Patrol Special Police. With the photo in hand, the Café’s security and a Patrol Special Police officer notified several clubs in the area to be on the lookout for the suspect. At about two in the morning, the doorman of the club Q-Bar saw the suspect loitering in front of his bar and called The Café. The guard and two Patrol Special Police Officers responded to Q-Bar and after a brief struggle took the suspect into custody. Inside the suspect’s backpack were the keys to The Café. The suspect, 25, was transported to Mission Station where he was booked for possession of stolen property, theft from a building and an outstanding $5,000 warrant.
20th and Church, Oct. 24, 8:10 a.m.
Police responded to a report of a black corvette spinning donuts in the street. Upon arrival, officers saw a black Chevy double parked and numerous large circular black skid marks next to it on the pavement. The officers could smell the odor of burning rubber. “Is this your car?” the officers asked a man standing near-by. “Yes, but I didn’t make the skid marks.” He replied. The officers detained the suspect pending further investigation and noticed a man standing nearby holding a video camera. The man told officers that he had caught the incident on tape. Officers watched the play back and saw the black Corvette making donuts with the detained suspect driving. After the officers showed the suspect the video he admitted committing the offence. The suspect, 34, was cited for reckless driving and released.
18th and Dolores, Oct. 24, 1:31 a.m.
While walking home from a bar in the Castro, a woman took a short cut through Dolores Park. While she neared the tennis courts, a man approached her coming from the opposite direction. “Give me your fucking purse.” He threatened. Fearing for her safety, the woman complied and handed it over. The robber, described as a Hispanic male, 27-35 years old, 5’7, 160 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans that dragged on the ground, took the bag and fled into the park. Unhurt, but shaken, the woman walked to Mission Station and reported the robbery. Taken during the heist was an $800 Luis Vitton handbag, a pair of $300 black Christian Dior reading glasses, an Apple Ipod and a $5,000 Tag Heuer diamond watch.
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