Here’s a sampling of recent crimes in the districts covered by the Central and Northern SFPD stations.
THE CASE OF THE VEHICLE CASER
Jan. 6, 1:50 p.m.
Franklin Street and Golden Gate Avenue
Officers on patrol observed a suspect walking and appearing to case vehicles. When they heard glass shatter, they saw the suspect pop his head up from the broken window; he got on his bicycle and fled the scene. The officers pursued him in their patrol vehicle and then got out to pursue him on foot. After losing him in a parking garage, they notified other officers of the suspect. The next day, officers in the area of Golden Gate Ave. and Gough Street saw the subject crouched behind several bags on the sidewalk. They placed him under arrest without incident.
Jan. 9, 12:59 p.m.
Location not provided
A victim told officers that he had seen the subject walking around, knocking over various garbage cans. The victim told the subject to leave the area, and the subject responded by first throwing a handful of leaves at the victim. He then walked over to a tree and attempted to pick up a brick to no avail; he settled for a rock, which he threw at the victim, striking him in the arm. The victim approached the subject but backed away when the subject put his hand in his pocket to simulate a handgun. The subject fled the scene.
Officers responding to a call of an aggravated assault located the subject nearby and noticed that he was vandalizing a building. They approached him and ordered him to drop everything in his hands; he did not comply, so officers removed the items from his hands and placed him in handcuffs. They conducted a pat search and found narcotics paraphernalia. After he was positively identified by the victim, he was placed under arrest. While sitting in the patrol vehicle, he began to scream, and then spat at the officers who leaned toward him.
Jan. 31, 4:14 p.m.
Palace of Fine Arts
A surveillance action against auto boosters resulted in the apprehension of at least one suspect recently. A vehicle that had been connected to an auto break-in in Japantown was spotted later that day by plainclothes officers around the Palace of Fine Arts.
The officers followed the vehicle and witnessed suspects in the vehicle casing numerous other autos. Eventually the suspect vehicle parked near another vehicle, suspects exited their vehicle, and the officers heard glass shatter. The police officers then moved in and approached the suspects, ordering them to get on the ground. They managed to grab one subject by the wrist and struggled with him, successfully placing him in handcuffs.
The other suspects got back into their vehicle and fled the scene.
NEW ROOMMATE WANTED
Feb. 2, 6:24 a.m.
Location not provided
A physical dispute between roommates led to the arrival of police officers one morning. It began when one roommate entered a bedroom and told the subject to be quiet, then closed the door and walked away. The subject punched a hole through the door and threatened the victim with a knife. The subject then threatened another victim who was preparing to leave and punched him in the face. That victim left the scene.
The subject then went to another roommate, entering his bedroom and approaching him while he was asleep. The subject put a knife to the victim’s neck and demanded his cell phone; the victim complied and the subject left the building.
Officers were able to identify the subject with his I.D. card that he had left behind, as well as from a mug shot. Other officers familiar with the subject were able to provide information on his frequent hangouts. He was located in the Mission District and arrested.
Feb. 16, 11:59 p.m., 400 block of Geary Street: Someone entered a hotel room through the window and stole a duffle bag. The duffle bag was later located on the fire escape.
Feb. 20, 7:20 a.m., 600 block of Broadway Street: A suspect was seen inside a closed cafe accessing the safe. More than $10,000 in cash was stolen.
Feb. 17, 11:02 p.m., Vallejo at Sansome Streets: A woman took a photo of suspects she witnessed breaking into a vehicle. The suspects then attacked her. One suspect slammed her to the ground in an attempt to take her purse and dragged the victim into the street. A second suspect took her phone.
Feb. 15, 11:27 p.m., unit block of New Montgomery Street: The suspect entered a store and began throwing candy at the store’s customers. The suspect then threw a chair at a victim.
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