Here’s a sampling of recent crimes in the districts covered by Northern SFPD station.
Feb. 2, 7 a.m.
700 Block of McAllister Street
Officers responded to a report of shots fired. One witness was walking his dog and took cover behind a car when he heard gun fire. Multiple residents and witnesses reported seeing a white sedan stop in the area and several shots being fired. The officers found that bullets had penetrated walls, damaged interior property, and shattered a window at the victims’ residences, though no one was injured.
STEALING ELECTRONICS, PART I
Feb. 3, 3 p.m.
500 block of Hayes Street
Employees of a retail store met with officers and reported that a known thief had entered the store. One of the employees approached the subject and told him he was not allowed in the store. The subject ignored the instruction and brandished a silver handgun at the employee. The subject then stole several electronic devices and fled the area on a scooter.
STEALING ELECTRONICS, PART II
Feb. 4, 6:30 a.m.
2300 block of Lombard Street
An employee of a business told officers that multiple electronic items had been stolen from the store. Surveillance footage from the business and from a construction site across the street revealed a male with distinctive clothing tampering with the store’s door before diving through the glass to gain entry.
At about 7:30 a.m., two officers located the subject with another male on the 2100 block of Chestnut Street. The subject attempted to discard one of the stolen items in a trash bin, and the rest of the stolen property was located in some luggage, which was seen with the subject in the security video. The subject was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property; the other person was also arrested on an unrelated warrant for a theft violation. Both were booked at County Jail.
BANK BOMB THREAT, PART I
Feb. 4, 4 p.m.
500 block of Golden Gate Avenue
Responding to a report of a bank robbery, officers talked to a teller who reported that a subject handed in a note demanding money and claiming to have a bomb. No bomb or explosive device was seen by the victim or any witnesses. The teller gave money to the subject, who fled on a bike. The officers reviewed video surveillance of the incident.
BANK BOMB THREAT, PART II
Feb. 5, 3:10 p.m.
500 block of Van Ness Avenue
The same two officers who responded to the previous day’s bank robbery responded to a similar event at another bank. However, in this incident, the teller observed what was believed to be a grenade; the teller gave money to the subject, who fled on a bike. The officers reviewed security video and believed the suspect to be the same person from the previous day. About two hours later, the officers were patrolling the area of Myrtle Street and Van Ness Avenue when they located a subject matching the individual they had observed on the security video from both bank robberies. The subject was detained without incident, and he later confessed to the robberies. He was booked at County Jail.
Feb. 6, 8:47 p.m.
2100 block of Jackson Street
An unknown suspect or suspects stole a Honda Odyssey with a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy inside. The victim, a driver making a DoorDash delivery, had stepped away from his vehicle; upon his return, he discovered a subject inside his van with his two children. As the victim pulled the subject from the vehicle, the subject stole a cell phone from the victim’s hand and ran into the passenger side of a waiting getaway vehicle. The victim ran after the subject and grabbed the door handle as the getaway vehicle began to flee, dragging the victim for half a block — though the victim was able to open the passenger door. The victim got into the vehicle and there was a physical altercation over his phone. He eventually got his phone back and ran back to where he had left his own vehicle, but when he arrived he discovered that his vehicle and his children were no longer there.
Police initiated a citywide search and requested assistance from outside law enforcement agencies, including an Amber Alert through CHP. The entire SFPD night watch, including specialized units, was held over to assist in the search for the children.
The next day at about 1 a.m., two police officers located the van in the Bayview District. The two children were inside; according to police reports, the children appeared unharmed. They were assessed medically and reunited with their parents.
SFPD arrested two male suspects in their twenties and charged them with auto theft, robbery, conspiracy, battery, child endangerment, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, and a parole violation.