Police Blotter

Police Blotter: Richmond District

Robbery with Force: 500 Block of Arguello Boulevard, March 29, 9:35 a.m. 

A FedEx truck turned in front of another vehicle, cutting it off. The vehicle stopped by the double-parked FedEx truck and a verbal argument ensued, which escalated into a fistfight. 

The driver of the vehicle ripped the FedEx driver’s dog tag necklace off and ran away. A foot chase commenced, the FedEx driver caught up with the driver and got his dog tags back. Both parties had scratches and refused medical assistance. 

The FedEx driver was cited for battery and released at the scene. 

The vehicle driver was arrested for robbery and booked at County Jail.

Robbery with a Weapon: 100 Block of 34th Avenue, March 30, 6:33 p.m.

The victim saw the suspect shatter the rear window of his Range Rover and remove three purses. The victim attempted to stop the theft by grabbing the suspect as the suspect was handing the purses to the driver of the getaway vehicle. The suspect turned and swung the purses into the victim’s face, resulting in abrasion to his nose, and causing him to back off in fear. 

The suspect jumped into the getaway vehicle, which fled the scene. The suspects are still outstanding.

Attempted Burglary and Resisting Arrest: 900 Block of Presidio Avenue, March 30, 8:11 p.m.

Officers responded to a report of a suspect inside an apartment building trying to open apartment doors. 

The officers located an individual on the second floor who said that he was looking for his friend’s apartment, but he couldn’t remember his friend’s name or the apartment number. 

The officers detained the individual and conducted eyewitness identifications (“cold shows”) with building residents, with positive results. 

The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted burglary and resisting arrest.

Criminal Threats: 4300 Block of California Street, April 2, 10:11 a.m.

The victim reported that the suspect got mad after he entered her store, demanded money, and she refused to give him any. 

The suspect left the store but returned to confront the victim. The suspect threatened to shoot up the victim’s business, told her that he was in the “Norte” gang, and flashed gang signs. 

The suspect was detained, a positive cold show was conducted, and the suspect was arrested for criminal threats and booked at County Jail.

Robbery with Force: Unit Block of Stow Lake Drive, April 3, 12:19 p.m.

The victim was sitting on a park bench by Stow Lake, changing some settings on her camera when the suspect approached her from behind and forcefully pulled the camera from her. The victim attempted to grab her camera back and was pulled onto the ground, suffering minor injuries. 

The suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle, which fled the scene. 

The victim said she thought her camera would be safe because there were so many people around, but it all happened so fast that no one had a chance to help her or intervene.

Terrorist Threats: 400 Block of 30th Avenue, April 5, 7:42 a.m.

A juvenile witness reported that a juvenile suspect, in a chat group of 29 students from the same middle school, had texted that he wanted to kill another student. The juvenile suspect also sent messages “Wanna ****ing die? I’m shooting up the school. I’m tired of it.” 

The parents reported this to the police, who responded to the school, along with SFPD Special Investigations Division (SID). Patrol officers and SID met up at the Middle School and spoke with the principal, all parties and parents. The juvenile victim referenced in the text said that she believed the suspect was joking and she was not in fear for her life. 

SID went to the suspect’s residence where they conducted a search and found no weapons.

Carjacking with Bodily Force and Robbery: 500 Block of Second Avenue, April 5, 10:05 p.m. 

The victim was getting items out of the trunk of her parked vehicle when a black Honda Accord double-parked next to her vehicle. 

Two suspects got out and confronted the victim. One suspect yelled at the victim to give up her backpack, while the other suspect grabbed the victim’s backpack. A struggle ensued. 

While struggling to retain her backpack the other suspect ripped the victim’s Mercedes key fob from her hand. The suspect with the key fob entered the driver’s side of the Mercedes. The other suspect ripped the backpack from the victim by force and then entered the passenger side of the Mercedes. The Mercedes with both suspects and the Honda Accord drove off. 

The victim was not injured in the robbery. SFPD Robbery unit took over the investigation.

Embezzlement from a Dependent or Elder Adult by Caretaker: 5400 Block of Geary Boulevard, April 6, 1:07 p.m.  

A social worker filed a report for an 84-year-old victim who requires 24/7 care due to her caretaker withdrawing money from her bank account without permission. The caretaker was not present and the Special Victims Unit  Elder Abuse took over the investigation.

Burglary: 5800 Block of Geary Boulevard, April 7, 6:14 a.m. 

The victim, who was asleep in her bed, was awakened by sounds coming from the fire escape, which is right outside her bedroom window. When the victim heard the suspect trying to open her bedroom window, she ran out the back door of her apartment and called the police. 

While on the phone with emergency dispatch, the victim saw her bedroom light turn on, and the suspect ran out into the dark with her laptop and hard drive. 

Responding officers observed the bedroom window was cracked open, with visible handprints outside the window and bedroom, and the back office in disarray while the rest of the apartment was immaculate. 

Officers coordinated Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) to respond to process the scene.

Hate Crime: 100 Block of Arguello Boulevard, April 7, 12:05 p.m.  

A well-known suspect – who was immediately recognized by security as an ongoing problem for the Congregation Emanu-El, a Jewish temple, and several others in the Richmond District – entered the temple yelling words in a language other than English. 

The suspect then spoke in English to security and stated, “I going to kill everybody, and I am blow up this place.” 

The Head of Security, in fear for his life and the congregation’s safety, believed the threats were specifically made towards the temple and worshipers because of their faith. 

The suspect was located and detained, the officers conducted eyewitness identifications and the suspect was arrested, served a workplace restraining order and booked at County Jail for felony threats with a hate crime enhancement.

Theft from a Locked Vehicle: 1100 Block of Ninth Avenue, April 9, 10:16 a.m. 

Officers responded to the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park on a report of six suitcases and six passports stolen from a rental van. 

One victim stated they were tracking the items to the area of Lincoln Way and 16th Avenue, and the area of 27th Avenue and Lake Street. 

Officers responded to those locations and retrieved six suitcases and five passports.

The suspects are still outstanding.

Robbery: 3300 Block of Geary Boulevard, April 11, 6:37 p.m. 

The victim was sitting in a diner and saw the suspect performing a smash and grab on his rental car in the parking lot. 

The victim walked outside, and the suspect opened up the door of the getaway car, pointed a gun at the victim and said “Get back.” The victim stopped, retreated into the diner and called 911. 

The suspect got into a silver Honda Accord which fled the scene. 

The suspects are still outstanding.

Vandalism to a Vehicle: 400 Block of Sixth Avenue, April 12, 8:09 a.m. 

A suspect was released from custody at Richmond Station. After initially refusing, she signed a misdemeanor citation. 

After being escorted from the station, the suspect took off her belt and made an overarm strike with the extended belt, smashing the heavy metal belt buckle onto the trunk of a nearby parked car, causing damage estimated at $1,400. 

Nearby officers arrested her, and she was booked at County Jail for felony vandalism.

Robbery with Force: 1199 Block of Ninth Avenue, April 12, 5:34 p.m.

The victim was inside her vehicle as it was getting boosted. 

The suspect smashed the window, grabbed her purse and a struggle ensued over the purse. The suspect pulled the purse and the victim halfway out of the broken window, ripping the purse from the victim. The victim suffered cuts to her wrist and feet from the glass. 

The suspect got into the passenger seat of a gray Honda 4-door sedan which fled the scene. 

The suspects are still outstanding.

Robbery: 700 Block of 24th Avenue, April 15, 9 a.m.

The victim was home alone sleeping in the bedroom when he woke up to two suspects entering his bedroom. Both suspects pointed guns at the victim and demanded “Big Money.” 

The victim stated he was at the casino the night before and had lost it all. The suspects ransacked the victim’s bedroom. 

The victim stated the suspects knew the police were arriving and yelled “Go, go, go!” and left the house. The victim called 911. The loss was $100. The robbery division responded and took over the investigation.

Robbery with Force: 500 Block of Second Avenue, April 15, 7:48 p.m. 

The suspect offered a “blessing” to their family in the car. The victim walked up to the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect held the victim’s hand and placed a cloth over it.

The victim realized something was off and attempted to leave. The suspect grasped the victim’s hand, preventing him from leaving. The victim pulled his hand away as the suspect stole the victim’s $30,000 Rolex watch and drove away. 

The victim sustained scratches to his wrist.

False Report of an Emergency: 6200 Block of Geary Boulevard, April 17, 9:32 a.m.  

A suspect called 911 and reported an active shooter, then hung up without giving the address. The caller’s number was “spoofed” but came back to the Holy Virgin Cathedral. 

Officers arrived on the scene to a packed Easter congregation, spoke with the churchwarden, and determined there was no merit to any emergency. 

The suspect then called the Port of San Francisco with a bomb threat from the same spoofed phone number. The caller identified themselves as the “Virgin Mary.” 

The suspect then called San Francisco Airport with a bomb threat, called in from the same spoofed number. Special Investigations Division (SID) took over the investigation.

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