Well summer is passing quickly but the budget process for the city and state stills goes on. As you might know the police budget will be reduced. At this time I don’t know by just how much or how it will be done. Overtime is always the first funds that are eliminated but it is very hard to get rid if it entirely. Daily this department runs into issues that are spontaneous such as demonstrations or accidents like underground explosions in manhole that require a large police presence.
Some of the money spent on this type of overtime the department tries to recoup from the entity responsible but that is not always possible. Arrests account for a lot of overtime as well. An officer can make an arrest that is long and involved near the end of their shift. Sometimes this can be passed off to other officers who are coming on duty but for court purposes a lot of the work must be done by the initiating officer. For every arrest an officer makes he must appear in court and most officers don’t work court hours Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.
If the department can’t save money on overtime, then we look at what changes to improve the department can be held off until more money is available. This results in needed modernization being put off. Also no officers will be hired putting the department back into that problem of just not having enough police officers to handle all the issues on a timely basis. High priority crimes will always be taken care of immediately but the nuisance problems will take time. This recession is affecting everyone and the department will do its best to maintain the level of service everyone has come to expect.
Sunday 6/14/09 11:40 PM Market/6th St.
Officer Anderson and Officer Madrid responded to assist Officer Cariel and Officer Lum on an arrest of a robbery suspect. Officer Cariel and Officer Lum were on patrol in the area when they were flagged down by a victim stating he had just been robbed. The victim stated he was walking westbound on Market St when he was approached by two males. The males reached into the victim’s pants pockets and took all of his money. The victim pointed out one of the suspects who the Officers detained. The suspect who was 23 years old from South Carolina wrote a letter of apology to the 54 year old victim. The suspect was STILL booked at County Jail 9.
Monday 6/15/09 12:35 AM Colin P Kelly/Brannan St.
Officer Bertrand,Officer Cronin, and Officer Hernandez responded to a call of an auto burglary and detained the suspect who matched the description given by dispatch. The witness stated the suspect the Officers had detained was the person he saw breaking into the vehicle. A record’s check revealed the suspect was on active CDC parole for auto burglary. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Monday 6/15/09 6:55 PM 1231 Market St.
Officer Yamamoto and Officer Auyoung were on patrol when they were dispatched to a call of a suspect breaking windows. Dispatched advised the Officers that the employees were following the suspect. The Officers arrived on scene and detained the suspect. Three witnesses stated the suspect punched the window, breaking it. A record’s check revealed the suspect was on active CDC Parole. The suspect was booked at CJ 9 with a hold for Parole.
Wednesday 6/17/09 1:33 AM Stillman St/3rd St.
Officer Leung, Officer Crosby, and Officer Pallidino responded to 3rd and Stillman on a call of shots fired. When the Officers arrived CHP Officer Farley and Officer Ruiz had two suspects detained. The Officers spoke to three victims who told the Officers they threw some paper flyers off their vehicle. The suspects thought the victims were throwing the flyers at them. One of the suspects drew the handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the victims and fired three shots at them. CHP Officer Farley recovered the handgun which had the serial number filed off. The Officers also recovered two large amounts of marijuana, a pair of brass knuckles and three spent casings. When the three witnesses looked over and saw the two men the Officers had detained, they stated, “That’s him!” The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Wednesday 6/17/09 7:40 AM Larkin/O’Farrell
Officer Lee was on foot patrol when he observed a female drinking a beer at the Muni Bus Stop. The Officer made contact with the female. A record’s check revealed the suspect had a warrant for her arrest. The suspect was booked at CJ 9.
Wednesday 6/17/09 8:20 AM Market St/9th St.
Officer Ocreto and Officer Walsh were dispatched to a call of a person with a knife. Prior to the Officers arrival, Lt. Armanino detained the suspect. The victim stated he was on Muni, when the suspect approached him and yelled obscenities at him. The suspect reached into his pocket, removed a silver folding knife, exposed the blade and swung the knife at the victim’s chest. During a search, Officer Walsh recovered a bag of marijuana. The suspect was booked at CJ 9.
Wednesday 6/17/09 9:53 AM 845 Market St.
Officer Lee and Officer Young were on foot patrol when they were flagged down by a citizen who just saw the suspect steal a can of hairspray. The Officers detained the suspect. A record’s check revealed the suspect had a $25,000 warrant for his arrest. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Wednesday 6/17/09 11:10 PM Folsom St./4th St.
Sgt. Bragagnolo and Sgt. Christ were on patrol when they observed a vehicle traveling east on Folsom St. driving erratic. The Sergeants conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. A records check revealed the suspect was driving on a suspended license and had a NO Bail warrant for his arrest. A record’s check of the rear passenger revealed she had a $50,000 warrant for her arrest. Both suspects were booked at County Jail 9. The vehicle was towed with a hold for STOP.
Saturday 6/20/09 6:47 PM 7th St/Market St.
Officer Najarro was on patrol when he heard Lt. Vintero broadcast that he was taking on a suspect regarding a report of an assault. Officer Cole and Officer Razzak also responded to the scene. The victim told Officer Najarro that the suspect attacked him with a bottle. The suspect told the victim, “If you tell the police I will you. I know where you live. I have too many friends.” The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Saturday 6/20/09 7:40 PM Market St/Jones St.
Lt. Vintero was out on patrol again in the area of Market St/8 th St. when he was flagged down by a frantic driver who was on his cell phone. The driver stated “that driver is drunk! I’ve been trying to call 911! She almost hit me!” Lt. Vintero observed the vehicle the witness pointed out. The vehicle kept swerving from the number two lane on Market St. to the number one lane. Lt. Vintero effected a traffic stop and pulled the vehicle over. Officer Cole and Officer Razzak arrived on scene to assist. Lt. Vintero made contact with the driver, who was identified by her California driver’s license. She told the Lt. that she only had two beers and was coming from Ocean Beach. The woman who failed all the field sobriety tests and the breathe test, (She blew a .122 and .141) was booked at County Jail 9.
Saturday 6/20/09 11:30 PM Mission St/6th St
Officer Bertrand and Officer Buckner and Investigator Ott of Alcohol Beverage Control were working plainclothes in the area. Investigator Ott and Officer Bertrand had previously responded to the premise on a stabbing which occurred in the lower room of the nightclub. A few days after the stabbing Investigator Ott contacted Officer Bertrand stating the nightclub did not have a valid operating permit for the lower room. The owner was cited for operating with out a valid permit.
Sunday 6/21/09 2:30 AM 1234 Folsom St
Officer Bertrand along with numerous other units responded to a call of a person with a gun at an ILLEGAL AFTER HOURS nightclub. Officer Bertrand entered the club and found the DJ playing music. There were approximately 100-150 people inside dancing and drinking alcohol. The bartender and the security person pointed out the suspect who was running the night club. Officer Bertrand recognized the suspect from prior contacts at illegal night clubs. Officer Bertrand booked all the DJ equipment, alcohol, tickets, and US Currency. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Sunday 6/21/09 9:19AM Pier 14 (in water SF Bay)
Officer Holder responded to a call of a person in the water. Marine Officer Monpas and Latus also responded to the area. When Officer Holder arrived he observed a man holding onto a rope in the water. The Officers pulled the man out of the water. The man who appeared to be under the influence of crack cocaine stated he was just swimming to Oakland. The man was transported to SFGH for a mental health evaluation.
Sunday 6/21/09 2:50 PM 654 Minna St.
Officer MacKenzie and Officer Salmonson responded to the area on a report of an auto burglary. When the Officers attempted to detain the suspect, he walked hurriedly away and stated, “What I didn’t do anything.” The suspect walked along side and in front of the Muni Coach which was stopped. Officer Salmonson detained the suspect on the other side of the Muni Coach. The Muni driver told the Officers he saw the suspect throw something underneath his bus. A witness positively identified the suspect as the man he saw breaking into the car. The Officers recovered a navigation system underneath the Muni Bus, which the victim positively identified as hers. A record’s check revealed the suspect was on active CDC Parole for auto burglary and had a warrant for his arrest. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Monday 6/22/09 3:47 PM 425 Mission St.
Officer Leung was dispatched to a call of a wanted person. Officer Leung arrived on scene and detained the suspect. A record’s check revealed the suspect had a NO BAIL Parole warrant for his arrest. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Monday 6/22/09 4:20 PM Market St/Charles J Brenham
Officer MacKenzie and Officer Salmonson responded to a call of a theft. When the Officers arrived on scene, Officer Khan had the suspect detained and was speaking with the victim. The victim stated he was on his I Phone when the suspect came up and snatched it from him. The suspect and another suspect tried to flee the area. The victim gave chase, ran after the suspect and tackled him. The second suspect fled the scene. The suspect continued to fight with the victim. The victim had multiple scratches to his face from the suspect trying to scratch his face. The sixteen year old suspect was booked at JJC.
Monday 6/22/09 5:37 PM 900 block of Natoma St.
Officer Khan responded to the area on a call of man trying to steal a bicycle from inside a garage. Upon arrival, Lt. Vintero had the suspect detained. As Officer Khan was placing handcuffs on the suspect he stated, “I know why you have me. I was stealing that Bicycle, I saw it so I went inside to take it but don’t take me to jail man. All I want to do is sell this GPS and Camera. I’ll be honest with you. It is stolen man. So please just take me to jail for stolen property, not for stealing that Bicycle.” The witness positively identified the suspect. A search of the suspect revealed a check book with someone else’s name on it. The Officers contacted the person whose name was on the check book. The man stated that his car had been broken into in Oakland and his…..you guessed it….his GPS, Camera, and checkbook were stolen. The suspect was booked on burglary charges at CJ 9.
Friday 6/26/09 7:37 AM 88 Fifth St.
Officer Bandoni and Officer Wilhelm were on foot patrol when they observed a female trespassing at the Old Mint. The Officers detained the woman. A record’s check revealed the suspect had a warrant. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Friday 6/26/09 9:50 AM 900 Market St
Officer Young and Officer Lee were on foot patrol when they observed a male drinking a beer. The Officers detained the suspect. A record’s check revealed the suspect had a No Bail warrant for attempted robbery. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Tuesday 6/30/09 1:39 PM UN Plaza
Officer Razzak, Officer Cole, and Sgt. Yee were conducting narcotics surveillance in the area when Officer Razzak observed a hand to hand narcotics transfer between a man and a woman. The Officers detained the suspects and recovered 12 pieces of Heroin. Both suspects were booked at County Jail 9.
Case Follow Up
Saturday 1/24/09 1:43 PM Market St./7th St.
Officer Tom was dispatched to a report of an assault on a Muni Bus. As Officer Tom, Officer Miranda and Officer Orantes approached the scene they observed several witnesses trying to detain a suspect. The suspect was fighting the witnesses. Officer Miranda and Officer Orantes were able to take the suspect into custody.
The victim, who was being treated by the paramedics, told Officer Tom when she got on the bus the suspect was already on it. As the bus was traveling, the suspect got up and punched her in the face. The suspect then grabbed her cell phone and punched her in the face again. After the second punch, a female suspect approached her and tried to take her purse but the victim held on tightly and was dragged to the floor. Both suspects fled the scene. During a search incident to arrest, the victim’s stolen cell phone was found in the suspect’s pants pocket. The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Case follow up: Charges were dismissed to proceed to another court.
Tuesday 2/3/09 7:59 88 6th St.
Officer Madrid and Officer Khan were on patrol when they were dispatched to a call of a robbery. When the Officers arrived they met with the victim. The victim stated he was walking down the street when the suspect approached him. The suspect asked the victim for money. The victim ignored the suspect. The suspect grabbed the victim and stated “I’m going to go through your pockets anyways.” The victim tried to break free from the suspect, but the suspect stated, “I got a gun, chill out!” The suspect then forcibly removed a bus ticket and US Currency from his pockets. The victim told the Officers that the suspect was standing outside of the Porn Shop on the corner. The Officers detained the suspect. During a search of the suspect, the Officers recovered the bus ticket with the victim’s name.
The suspect was transported to Southern Station. At Southern Station the suspect told the Officers, “I robbed him.” The suspect was booked at County Jail 9.
Case follow up: The suspect received 80 days in the county jail and 3 years probation,
Captain Daniel McDonagh
Southern Police Station
850 Bryant Street
SF, CA 94103
415 553-1073 fax