Crime Trend in Chinatown
The “River Rock Burglar” is back at it in Chinatown. Over the past two weeks we have experienced up to 5 burglaries in Chinatown. The MO has been the same as in previous years. The suspect takes a cobblestone or river rock and breaks a store window and makes off with cash or merchandise. The latest hit was for a tray of computer equipment on 6/13/09 from a store on the 500 block of Washington. It has been frustrating to experience the same type of burglary over the years. We have caught the suspect twice and he was most recently released from prison on parole on July 3rd, about the time when we started experiencing the burglaries again. Plainclothes officers from Central Station are investigating and searching for the suspect. The suspect is described as a 48 year old white male, 6′, 190 pounds, blue eyes and grey and brown hair. He was released by parole and listed “homeless” as his address. In the past he was found to be sleeping in local SRO hotels and parks.
There was a shooting inside a club on the 500 block of Broadway on 7/10/09 at 1:30 AM. Two individuals were shot inside a club where many patrons attended a regular promotion. The case is under investigation by the General Work Detail of our Investigations Bureau. I have asked the Entertainment Commission for a review of promotions and security provisions at this location.
We have been fortunate to have the Traffic Company Solo Motorcycle Violence Reduction Unit on hand to help deal with traffic related problems associated with the area. These officers do a great job of keeping traffic flowing and reduce the likelihood of street “Side Shows” “cruising” and vehicle to vehicle altercations. They provide a presence on the Broadway Corridor as well as on ancillary streets in the immediate neighborhood. 2 DUI arrests were made this weekend in addition to other citations.
Crimes of Note:
7/07/09 9:00 AM 1400 block of Pine St Assault/ Force
Officer Eric Caracciolo responded to the above location on a report of a man beating a woman with a cane. While enroute, dispatch advised that the suspect was being detained by Officer Ben Santana at 1055 Pine St. The officers brought the suspect (White Male Adult) to the victim for a cold show due to the fact that the victim was being treated by paramedics. The victim positively identified the suspect. The victim said she did not know the suspect and was attacked for no apparent reason. The suspect was booked at Central Station for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
7/08/09 00:50 AM 800 Block of Geary Firearm Possession
Officer Meghan McMilton and Nelson Yu responded to the above location on a report of a man with a gun. Upon arrival, they were met by the owner of the bar who said there was a customer inside with a gun in his waistband. The owner said the customer was in an argument with someone outside and pulled a gun on him. The officers located the suspect inside (white male adult) and detained him without incident. The officers recovered a hand gun from his waistband and a fully loaded magazine in his pocket. The suspect was booked at Central Station for carrying a concealed weapon.
7/08/09 11:16 PM Geary / Larkin Warrant Arrest
Officers William O’Brien and Martin Garay were on routine patrol when they observed a Chrysler LeBaron with the brake lights out. The officers affected a traffic stop. The driver gave Officer O’Brien her driver’s license. Officer O’Brien looked at the license and could see it did not match the driver. After a brief investigation, the driver admitted that the driver’s license was not hers. The officers made a check with her true name and found she had two outstanding Felony warrants for her arrest. The suspect was booked at County Jail #9.
07/09/09 00:20 AM 600 Block of Commercial Robbery / Gun Used
Officers Brandon Thompson and Thomas McWilliams responded to the above location on a report of a robbery. The victim stated he came out of a bar and was approached by a white male who asked him what the name of the bar was at the corner. The victim said the suspect then pulled out a gun and demanded his wallet. The victim, in fear for his life told the suspect he would give him the cash, but not to take the wallet. The suspect took the cash only and fled east on Commercial. The area was searched for the suspect to no avail.
07/09/09 3:49 AM Bush / Larkin Loitering, Prostitution
Officers Donn Peterson, Vien Lam and Oliver Lim were working plainclothes in the district conducting prostitution abatement. While on patrol they observed two black females loitering on the corner. Officer Peterson has had previous contacts with these same two females last week for loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. The females were arrested and booked at County Jail #9.
07/09/09 11:05 PM Cervantes/ Alhambra D.U.I, Felony Evading
Sgt. Sean O’Leary was in the area of Beach /Hyde Sts when he observed a white p/u truck traveling at a high rate of speed. Sgt O’Leary attempted to stop the vehicle, but he lost the vehicle in the area. A short time later, Officers Amanda Cordoba and Ester Gonzalez spotted the vehicle again at Bay / Laguna. This time the vehicle had damage to it and it was smoking. The officers activated their lights and siren, but the vehicle failed to stop. Officers Brandon Thompson and Thomas McWilliams responded to assist.
The vehicle finally came to a stop at Alhambra/ Mallorca where the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspect (a white male) finally stopped and put up his hands in a fighting stance. The suspect resisted, but was taken into custody for Driving while under the Influence, resisting arrest, Felony Evading and last but not least, Unlicensed Driver. Great job by the officers involved.
07/10/09 2:28 AM 840 Sutter Malicious Mischief
Officers Christopher Ritter and Josh Tiumalu responded to the above location on a report of a man damaging vehicles in the parking lot. Sgt. Vanderbilt arrived on the scene and detained the suspect, a white male. The suspect had damaged four vehicles, breaking wipers, side mirrors and jumping on top of the cars. The suspect was extremely intoxicated. The suspect was booked at Central Station for Felony Vandalism and being intoxicated in public.
07/10/09 10:00 AM Columbus/ Bay Sts Robbery/ Force
Officer Robert Merino responded to the above location. The victim stated she was walking down the street when a Hispanic male juvenile came up to her and grabbed the phone out of her hand. The victim stated she grabbed hold of the suspect, but could not hold onto him. The area was searched to no avail.
07/10/09 11:54 PM Union Square Assault/ Skateboard
Officers Amanda Cordoba and Ryan McArthur were on patrol when they were advised there was a fight in the square involving three adult males. The officers located a victim. The victim, a Latin male, stated two Latin males attacked him with a skateboard for no apparent reason. The victim sustained redness and a bruise to his back. The officers were unable to find the suspects.
07/11/09 1:30 AM 530 Jackson Assault/ Bottle
Officers Amanda Cordoba and Ryan McArthur responded to the above location on a report of an assault. The victim stated he was hit over the head with a bottle by a white female in the bar. A witness stated the victim was accused of groping several women. The officers were unable to locate the suspect or any other victims. The victim was transported to SFGH for a laceration to the back of his head, non life threatening.
7/11/09 8:02 AM 837 Jones St Auto Burglary
Officers John Ferrando and Scott Korte received a call from dispatch of an auto burglary in progress at the above location. A description of the suspect (a White Male, shaven head) was given. The officers responded to the area and located the suspect who matched the description given. A witness positively identified the suspect. The victim was located, who identified property belonging to him that the suspect had on him . The suspect had several prior arrests for the same offense. The suspect was booked at Central Station for Auto Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools and Probation Violation.
Captain James I. Dudley
Central Police Station
766 Vallejo Street
SF, CA 94133