Police Blotter – Sunset District

 Vandalism, Possession of Graffiti Tools:

16th Avenue and Taraval Street, Aug. 24, 2:51 a.m.

Officers responded to a report of three suspects spray painting on a building and

observed one suspect still writing on a wall. The officers also located fresh paint

and new graffiti on multiple properties along the same street.


A search of the suspects revealed paint pens, felt markers, paint markers and shoe

polish, in addition to a sketch book with the same designs that were found as graffiti

on multiple walls and properties. The suspects were arrested.


Outstanding Arrest Warrant:

19th Avenue and Lawton Street, Aug. 23, 1:19 p.m.

An officer on patrol observed the subject leaning against a parked vehicle, which had a

broken window and expired registration. The officer made contact with the subject and

was told his friend owned the vehicle and he had just stepped away.


A computer check on the subject revealed that he had an outstanding warrant for his

arrest, so he was taken into custody and booked.


 Traffic Violation, Driving with Suspended Driver’s License:

19th Avenue and Taraval Street, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

Officers were on patrol and observed a vehicle traveling on Taraval Street enter

the transit and left-turn-only lane without making a turn. The officers conducted a traffic

stop and a computer check on the driver and discovered her driver’s license had been

suspended. The driver was cited.


Spitting on the Sidewalk:

700 Block of Taraval Street, Aug. 21, 4:55 p.m.

Officers responded to a report of a suspect panhandling in the middle of the

street. They located the suspect, who was dancing on the sidewalk. When the officers

attempted to make contact with the  suspect, he spat on the sidewalk and continued

to do so after being asked to stop.


The suspect was also recognized as being previously arrested for vandalizing a

neighborhood supermarket. After further investigation, the suspect was cited.


Shoplifting, Violation of Stay Away Order, Outstanding Arrest Warrant:

700 Block of Irving Street, Aug. 20, 11:35 a.m.

The suspect, who was seated in a wheelchair, was observed by a witness stealing two

bags of coffee and concealing them under a pile of clothing in his lap. The suspect then

stood up and pushed his wheelchair out of the store.


The witness unsuccessfully attempted to detain the suspect, but was injured when the

suspect shoved the wheelchair at her. The suspect started jogging away immediately

after officers approached him, but he was detained without further incident.


Upon questioning, the suspect admitted to stealing the coffee because he

needed money. A computer check confirmed that the suspect had a stay away order from

the location and an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was taken into

custody and booked.



700 Block of Irving St., Aug. 19, 7:27 a.m.

The victim stated that she had received information that a person had been inside

the bathroom of a commercial establishment for a prolonged amount of time and

went to investigate. The suspect responded angrily by swearing and yelling and

became very confrontational towards the victim. The victim and another employee

attempted to escort the suspect out of the store, but the suspect started throwing

food and coffee around. Responding officers cited the suspect for battery.



17th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Aug. 18, 5:02 p.m.

The victim stated that she was walking when the suspect, who was also walking

nearby, suddenly stopped and punched her in the face. The suspect fled the scene.



300 Block of Sloat Boulevard, Aug. 17, 3:43 p.m.

Officers responded to Stern Grove regarding a battery and made contact with

the suspect, who stated that an argument ensued after the victim came too close to

him and his dog. The suspect and victim both exchanged insulting words before the

victim walked away.


Almost immediately thereafter, the suspect threw a dog toy for his dog to catch. The

victim said the thrown toy struck her on her chest. The victim declined to press charges.


Probation Violation, Vandalism to Property, Possession of Stolen Property:

1800 Block of Irving Street, Aug. 15, 3:10 p.m.

An officer responded to a report of a suspect who was swinging a stick around people.

He was highly agitated and restless. The suspect was detained and placed into the back

of a patrol vehicle, where he repeatedly kicked the windows. A search of the suspect

revealed a box cutter and glass pipe often used for smoking drugs.


A witness came forward and stated that the suspect had also smashed a large

piece of granite on the floor. Further investigation revealed that the destroyed

granite was part of the Aids Memorial Monument in Golden Gate Park.

The suspect was arrested.


 Brandishing a Weapon, Vehicle Tampering:

1200 Block of 39th Avenue, Aug. 14, 7:35 p.m.

Officers responded to a report of a person brandishing an assault riffle. The victim

reported that he had returned for his parked vehicle after attending the Outside

Lands Festival and found that it had been moved back a couple of feet from its

original spot.


The victim attempted to confront the owner of the house, the suspect, to gather

information about his car but was met with the suspect suddenly exiting his house with

a rifle pointed at the victim. The suspect said he was fearful when the victim approached

and that was why he was armed.


The suspect told the victim that his car was blocking the driveway and prevented the

suspect’s father from parking in the garage. The suspect was unsuccessful in

making contact with the owner of the vehicle and was also unsuccessful in finding

a tow truck that could come to the area.


Eventually, a passerby in a pickup truck offered assistance and the victim’s car

was lifted off the ground with a jack and then hooked to the truck and moved away

from the driveway. After further investigation, the suspect was cited.



1500 Block of 24th Avenue, Aug. 14, 9:22 a.m.

Officers responded to a report of a possible fight and immediately met with

the victim, who said he was walking along Lawton Street at 24th Avenue

when three unknown suspects suddenly approached and pulled his bag out of his



The suspects then entered a vehicle, which had a black paper covering its license

plate, and fled the area.



38th Avenue and Moraga Street, Aug. 13, 9:46 p.m.

Officers arrived at the scene and were met by the victim, who stated that two unknown

suspects approached him and his wife while they were sitting in their parked car.

The victim got out and was attempting to close the driver’s side door of his vehicle

but could not because the suspect was holding the door open. A second suspect

was right behind him with a knife.


The suspects demanded the victim’s wallet and cell phone. After getting the

items, one of the suspects punched the victim in the face.


Both suspects ran to an unknown vehicle, which was driven by a third suspect,

and they escaped.


Outstanding Arrest Warrant:

19th Avenue and Kirkham Street, Aug. 11, 10:56 a.m.

A call came in to dispatch concerning a man who was lying in the middle of the

street. Responding officers made contact with the subject, who was trying to get up

from the sidewalk. He appeared to be intoxicated.


A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest,

so he was taken into custody and booked.



38th Avenue and Taraval Street, Aug. 9, 6:26 a.m.

The victim entered Taraval Station and reported a robbery that had occurred three

days previously.


The victim said he had been drinking earlier that evening and was walking in

the area of 38th Avenue and Taraval Street, at approximately 3 a.m., when an

unknown suspect suddenly appeared with a switch blade and pointed it at him. The

victim attempted to turn around and run but found a second suspect directly behind

him. The victim surrendered and gave the suspects his wallet.


The suspects got into a vehicle and fled the scene.



Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Aug. 6, 1:10 p.m.

The victim reported a battery incident at Taraval Station. He said he was walking

to work when an unknown suspect, who was walking ahead of him, suddenly

turned around and punched him on the shoulder and cheek. The victim fell to the

ground and was uncertain if he briefly lost consciousness.


When the victim got up again, the suspect had disappeared. The victim continued

on his way to work.


Bank Robbery:

2300 Block of Irving Street, Aug. 5, 5:41 p.m.

Officers responded to a report of a bank robbery. A witness reported that the suspect

walked into the bank and showed one of the tellers a note saying he had a gun and

to give him money. Frightened, the tellers gave the suspect money and the suspect

immediately walked out of the bank and fled the scene.


Attempted Robbery, Possession of Stolen Property:

Sunset Boulevard and Judah Street, Aug. 4, 12:28 a.m.

Officers responded to a report of a possible robbery on Muni.

A Muni bus driver said the suspect was pacing up and down the aisle of the bus,

looking at the passengers and their belongings.


The suspect then approached the victim and attempted to take his cell phone, but the

victim turned his body to shield the phone. Another victim also reported that the suspect

had attempted to take his cell phone as well. The victim also mentioned that he had a

container of soup next to him earlier, but that it was now missing.


Officers detained the suspect. A search of his property revealed the missing soup,

which was found in the suspect’s duffle bag, as well as various drug paraphernalia

and methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested.


Vandalism to Property, Battery:

1800 Block of Irving Street, Aug. 2, 11:39 p.m.

Officers responded to a restaurant regarding a fight.

The victim reported that the suspect and his friends were not customers but

were lingering around the area reserved for the restaurant’s patrons. The victim

confronted the suspect and told them to leave the area.


The suspect and his group left only to return shortly thereafter with the suspect

holding a cup of unknown liquid, which he threw on food and various other items

in the store. The victim followed the suspect until police arrived.


The suspect was arrested.

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