police-light-bar1.jpgPreviously: Sections Of Franklin, Sutter Closed After Man Barricades Self In Apartment

Police have arrested a man this evening after he allegedly broke into a San Francisco apartment and barricaded himself for several hours today, a police spokesman said.

At about 7:30 a.m. this morning, police arrived at an apartment building on the 1400 block of Franklin Street, where Timothy Zych, 43, had apparently broken into a unit and refused to come out, San Francisco police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Before arriving at the unit, police had been responding to a 6 a.m. disturbance at a nearby Starbucks and found Zych’s wallet.

At the barricaded apartment, police made several attempts to contact Zych, Dangerfield said, but eventually threw tear gas into the apartment to force him out at about 7 p.m.

Officers do not yet know Zych’s motive, but Dangerfield said drugs were likely a factor.

Zych was arrested for burglary, vandalism, terrorist threats, and assault.

There were individuals occupying the apartment when Zych broke in, Dangerfield said, but he could not say how many people or the condition of their health. No injuries were reported.

Zych apparently lives in another unit in the building, Dangerfield said.

As of about 11 a.m., police had closed Franklin Street between Post and Bush streets and Sutter Street between Van Ness Avenue and Gough Street, Dangerfield said.
All streets were opened at about 7:30 p.m. this evening.

Saul Sugarman, Bay City News

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