Crime on the beat
by February 2014 issue,
The crimes below are a small snapshot of what the officers of Northern Station are doing. For a more comprehensive list, visit www.sf-police.org; under Compstat, there is a link to CrimeMAPS.
I WANT MY FOUR DOLLARS
Sunday, Nov. 17, 12:45 p.m.
Polk Street at Cedar
A street person approached a woman he knew. She was on the 1000 block of Polk Street with her boyfriend. The subject demanded money he said the boyfriend owed him. They argued and the subject pulled out a razor blade-type knife and demanded of the boyfriend, “Gimme my money.” The subject than grabbed the female and pushed the knife at her face, adding, “Gimme your backpack, you have a kilo of my drugs in that backpack.”
The subject pushed her up against a wall, and the boyfriend began yelling at the subject. The female fell over and managed to break free of the subject’s grasp. She ran to a nearby homeless shelter and was able to get behind the locked door of the shelter. The subject left the area.
When police arrived, the female told them the subject had gone through her pockets and tried to steal the backpack. The male victim spotted the subject, who was detained by police and later booked at Northern Station. The subject stated that this all happened because the female owes him four dollars.
TWO FOR ONE
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 12:14 a.m.
Larkin Street at Ellis
A uniformed officer spotted a vehicle driving without headlights despite the darkness. The sergeant ran a records check and learned that the vehicle was stolen. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested both male occupants. Inside the car was a large amount of narcotics and stolen property. Both males were booked at county jail.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 3:54 p.m.
600 Block of Van Ness Avenue
An officer arrived at a restaurant in response to a call about a male subject refusing to pay his bill or leave the establishment. The manager said he didn’t care about the loss; he just wanted the subject to leave. But the subject refused the officer’s request to leave. The manager then signed a citizen’s arrest for trespassing. The officer then ordered the subject to leave or face being cited for trespassing, but the subject continued to refuse.
The officer told the subject he would now be arrested for trespassing and refusing to obey an officer’s order, but the subject would not budge and instead stared off into space. After a short wrestling match that included both of them falling onto a nearby table, the officer got the male to his feet, handcuffed him, and transported him to Northern Station, where he was booked.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 9:23 p.m.
Geary Street at Webster
Plainclothes officers observed several male subjects they recognized from past auto burglary arrests or incidents. The subjects were carrying several large, expensive pieces of luggage; the officers believed they had possibly committed an auto or residential burglary. The subjects, possibly spotting the unmarked police car, attempted to hide the luggage under a van, likely to return to get it later. Officers approached the subjects, who ran in several different directions.
The officers were able to detain the subjects without further incident. They were also able to locate the victims and their burglarized vehicle; the victims identified their luggage. The subjects were arrested for theft and possession of stolen property.
THOROUGH SEARCH FINDS MUCH TO CAUSE WORRY
Saturday, Nov. 23, 1:20 p.m.
California Street at Van Ness
Patrol officers spotted a vehicle without a license plate lamp, a violation; they stopped the driver, and a computer check showed that the driver was on a felony probation and had a search condition. A female officer searched the driver and located a baggie of methamphetamine on her. The officer also found a passport, checks, and a Social Security card that did not belong to the driver. At Northern Station, further investigation uncovered other victims’ property, such as wallets, ID cards, and credit cards. The driver was booked at county jail.
WHO WAS THAT MASKED MALE?
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m.
Clay Street at Polk
Patrol officers spotted three individuals wearing masks. The individuals circled a female, and walked away. The officers made contact with the masked individuals, identified them, and sent them on their way.
A short time later, a citizen ran up to the officers and told them someone was in his tradesman’s entrance around the corner. As the officers rounded the corner, they observed one of the individuals with whom they had just made contact — he was running out of the entrance, discarding his clothing and mask as he went. The officers were able to detain him again, but he gave them the runaround about what he was doing and where he was going. The officers contacted the subject’s parent, who gave officers his real name. They learned that the subject had lied about who he was, and he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest; the warrant was for a probation violation and had no bail. The juvenile was arrested for the warrant and for lying about his identity. He was booked at juvenile hall.
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