The crimes described below are only a small snapshot of what the police officers of Northern Station are doing. For a more comprehensive list, visit sf-police.org; under Compstat, select the link to Crimemaps.
GAME, SET, MATCH
Nov. 1, 1:17 a.m.
Polk at Clay Streets
A witness flagged down patrol officers to report a possible aggravated assault by a white male wearing a white shirt and carrying a tennis racket. They heard that the suspect had gotten into an argument with some people outside of a bar, and he put one of the victims into a headlock and punched him in the face. Two other victims were assaulted while trying to help the first victim. The suspect walked away when the police were called.
The officers searched the area and located the suspect, but when they tried to talk to the suspect, he ran away. After a chase, he finally turned to face the officers, but he would not comply with their demands to get onto the ground, and he continued to resist arrest. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody and later booked at County Jail.
MORE AUTO BREAK-INS
Nov. 1, 9 p.m.
Austin Street at Van Ness Avenue
A caller to 911 reported seeing a black male wearing a black jacket and with a backpack breaking into vehicles. Several officers arrived and located the suspect. A search of the suspect turned up a screwdriver, pry tool, and drug paraphernalia in his front pocket. Two of the victims’ vehicles were damaged and broken into; the passenger seat and center consoles were in disarray. A third vehicle had pry marks on the window but was not broken into.
A computer check showed the suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. His backpack contained items belonging to the owner of one of the two vehicles that had been broken into. The suspect was booked at County Jail.
Nov. 2, 8:39 p.m.
800 block of Franklin Street
Officers responded to a report of a group of men fighting on the sidewalk, with one of the suspects throwing objects at people. The officers arrived and broke up the fight. One of the suspects was very agitated, yelling profanities. The officers detained two suspects and learned they were arguing over one of them ringing all of the door bells to the building in an attempt to be let in; the suspect does not live there and was told to leave. He threw a plastic cup that missed hitting the victim’s head.
The victim signed a citizen’s arrest form. The cup-throwing suspect was cited and released.
Nov. 4, 4:39 p.m.
Fern at Polk Streets
Officers on patrol spotted a male sitting on the sidewalk, hunched over and facing the wall of a building. They approached him and saw that he was holding a glass smoking pipe in his mouth while using a lighter to heat the end of the pipe, which they recognized as one used with controlled substances, specifically stimulants such as methamphetamine. They detained the man and told him to put the pipe on the ground; he told them that he had a second pipe in his pocket. Both pipes were seized and booked into evidence.
The suspect did not have any outstanding warrants, so he was cited and released at the scene.
AUTO CRIME REDUX
Nov. 4, 4:53 p.m.
Gough at Oak Streets
Officers responding to a report of a vehicle burglary were told by the dispatcher that the victim was chasing the suspect and they were on Mission Street. The officers were able to find and detain the suspect.
The victim told the police that he walked out to his car to find the suspect inside sitting in the driver’s seat and going through the victim’s belongings. He yelled at the suspect to get out, and the suspect ran away.
The suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was transported to County Jail.
YET MORE AUTO CRIME
Nov. 6, 1:19 a.m.
Octavia at Page Streets
Officers on patrol spotted a male subject rummaging through the trunk of a parked vehicle; several items were strewn across the nearby sidewalk. Due to the increase in auto boosts in the area, officers believed the subject was breaking into the vehicle. They attempted to detain the suspect, but he walked away and ignored their orders to stop.
They finally detained the suspect, who confirmed that the vehicle was not his. He said the trunk was open so he looked through it, taking some duct tape and paint supplies. A computer check showed that the suspect was on felony probation for receiving stolen property. He was transported to County Jail for booking.