Crime Report
Crime on the Beat

November 2011

The crimes listed below are a small snapshot of what the officers of Northern Station are doing. For a more comprehensive list, visit the SFPD website ( – under “Compstat” there is a link to “CrimeMAPS.”

Is that speed in your pocket or are you happy to see me?
Sept. 23, 2:55 a.m.
Lombard at Broderick
Officers were on patrol when they observed a man walking around the parking lot of a hotel. The man appeared agitated and was sweating profusely despite the 56-degree weather. The officers decided to stop and talk to him. He spoke extremely fast and seemed to be under the influence of a narcotic. The officers asked if he was on parole or probation. The subject replied that he was on parole. The officers confirmed this, and found that he was also wanted on a parole violation. They placed him under arrest and began to search him. In their search, they found methamphetamine in his pocket. They booked the wanted parolee.

Can I get a little privacy?
Sept. 24, 4 p.m.
Lombard at Divisadero
Officers responded to the Bridge Motel on information that a wanted subject was staying there. They went to the room where the person was staying and knocked on the door. A female answered and explained that she was staying with her male friend, but he was not there. She described what he looked like. The officers remembered seeing a man enter the community toilet on their way to the room that matched the description. They were allowed to quickly search the room. No suspect was there. They proceeded to the toilet, where they found the suspect; he was wanted on several drug charges out of Marin County.

I swear, I found that stuff
Sept. 25, 5:03 a.m.
Broadway at Fillmore
An officer was driving in the area when she noticed an open garage door. She peered inside, and saw a male entering a BMW that was parked in the garage. The officer was suspicious and made contact with the person to determine if the residence and vehicle belonged to him. It did not. The suspect lied about his name and what he was doing. Additional responding officers located a backpack in the garage with several stolen items inside from various addresses in the area. The suspect admitted to owning the backpack, but stated that the items were found not stolen. Officers were able to determine that the suspect was a wanted parolee and that he was on parole for burglary. The suspect was booked for burglary and other associated charges.

My id’s in the glove box, right next to THE drugs
Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m.
California at Van Ness
Plainclothes officers were driving in the area when they noticed a driver operating his car in a very erratic manner. They called for a black and white car to pull it over when the car suddenly pulled to the side, blocking a driveway. Officers stopped to investigate and upon approaching, the driver got out of the car in a manner that led the officers to believe that he was fleeing. They detained him and asked for ID. He had none, but told the officers it was inside his car. They opened the door to look for the ID and saw a large metal pipe with a ball at the end, which appeared to be a crudely made weapon. The officers continued their search for identification when they found drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for the drug and weapon violations.

Oct. 1, 7:10 p.m.
Franklin at Francisco
Officers were on patrol when they observed a swerving car run through a stop sign. When the officers turned on their lights and siren to stop the car, the driver ignored them. They finally got the driver to pull over on Lombard Street. They approached the driver’s side window and immediately saw an open bottle of whiskey. They then noticed the smell of alcohol on the woman’s breath. They spoke to her and she admitted having had “two drinks” earlier in the evening. The officers had her get out of the car to perform the field sobriety tests. She had been very pleasant up until this point. The officers determined that she had been driving under the influence and began to handcuff her. Once she realized that the officers “weren’t going to drive her home” she became upset. She directed many expletives at the officers as they attempted to cuff the now-resisting woman. It took officers several attempts but they were finally successful in getting her in the police car. When they arrived at the station, somehow the suspect had managed to get her arms in front of her; she then refused to get out of the car. They were finally able to get her out and have her blood drawn. She was booked for driving under the influence, other driving violations, and resisting arrest.

Bar fight!
Oct. 7, 12:05 a.m.
Chestnut at Pierce
Officers were called after two guys were kicked out of a bar for fighting. The two were acquaintances and had been involved in another bar fight in the past; the police were not called for that one. The suspect was engaging a friend of the victim in a not-so-friendly conversation when the victim decided to intervene and prevent any violence. Big mistake! The victim was surprised by the suspect swinging a beer mug and striking him to his right eye area. The victim received two cuts above and to the side of his eye. Ambulances were called as the suspect cut his fingers in the process. The suspect was arrested and charged with the assault. The victim received 11 stitches to his eye as a result.

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.
California at Steiner
A woman was walking down the street and just as she was about to make a phone call, she noticed a man walking toward her. She heard him say that he was going to murder her and then he attempted to punch her. She immediately called police. Officers responded and detained the subject. The victim was very visibly pregnant. The officers thought that the suspect looked like the person described by an assault victim from the day before. That victim had been 8-months pregnant when the suspect kicked her in the stomach area. The officers arrested the suspect. Witnesses and the victim from the prior day were brought to the scene where they all positively identified the suspect. He was charged with two counts of felony assault. Fortunately, neither pregnant woman was seriously injured.

up on the roof
Oct. 17, 9 a.m.
Van Ness at Greenwich
A witness called police when they saw a guy climb a fire escape and enter a second story apartment. Officers arrived and were told by another resident that the man they were looking for had fled to the roof. When the officers found the suspect on the roof, he provided the officers his name, but the name was actually that of an identity theft victim. He was in possession of stolen property and was arrested for the break-in of the apartment. Under his real name, he had several warrants for his arrest. He was booked for the aforementioned reasons.

Incidents listed here are based on witness statements as recorded by the reporting officers and are compiled by Marina Times staff. Arrests for crimes against children, domestic violence and sexual assault are not included because of their personal nature.