Thursday, July 31, 2008

Teenage Boy Stabbed To Death During Attempted Robbery In The Excelsior

Teenage boy walking with girl in S.F.'s Excelsior is stabbed to death

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, July 31, 2008
(07-31) 09:46 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A teenage boy was stabbed to death early today in San Francisco's Excelsior district, police said.

The victim was walking with a girl about 1:30 a.m. when they were confronted by four teenage boys at Lisbon Street and Persia Avenue, police said.

The girl told her friend to run, authorities said. One of the assailants demanded money from the girl, who pushed her attacker away.

The group fled, but the girl found her friend about a block away near Persia and Madrid Street, suffering from stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital. His name has not been released.

No detailed description of the assailants was immediately available. No arrests have been made.

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Two Shot During Attempted Robbery In The Mission; Police Investigating Whether Earlier Robbery May Be Related

2 Shot Near Taco Truck In SF Mission District
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / BCN) ― San Francisco police responded to an attempted robbery near a taco truck in the city's Mission District that left two victims suffering from gunshot wounds and another robbery 20 minutes prior, but no one was arrested.

The attempted robbery was reported near a taco truck at Harrison and 20th streets at 9:28 p.m., where police found two people suffering from gunshot wounds.

The victims were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where there was no immediate word on their conditions.

Officers had also responded a short time earlier to another taco truck robbery on 16th and Shotwell streets, but no shots had been fired at that location.

Police were investigating whether the two incidents were related.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Man Recieves Life-Threatening Gunshot Wounds in Potrero Hill

1 Injured In SF Potrero Hill Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― San Francisco police found a person suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds Sunday night when they responded to a report of shots fired in the city's Potrero Hill neighborhood, police said.

Police received the call around 10:20 p.m. and responded to the 100 block of Connecticut Street, a police officer said.

The shooter was gone when police arrived.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Man Stabbed and Robbed In the Haight

Man Stabbed Twice, Robbed In SF's Haight-Ashbury

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― A stabbing in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Saturday evening left a man injured, according to the Police Department.

Emergency personnel responded to the stabbing just before 6 p.m. at Haight and Stanyon streets, a fire dispatcher said.

The victim was stabbed twice, and his skateboard and backpack were stolen as well, police said.

He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

No arrests have been made, police said.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Man Arrested For Raping Prostitutes



San Francisco police today said they arrested a 29-year-old man Monday for allegedly raping Mission District prostitutes.

On two separate evenings, Israel Mendez allegedly picked up a prostitute, drove her to a remote industrial area and raped her, police said.

The first incident was on June 29 at 19th and Shotwell streets and police said Mendez reportedly threatened the victim with a sharp instrument.

He allegedly picked up another victim on July 6 from Mariposa and 17th streets and beat and raped her.

Police found Mendez, of Daly City, in his car in a high-prostitution area of the Mission District, police said.

Police said he was arrested without incident is charged with kidnapping to commit rape, false imprisonment, threats and other assorted sexual assault crimes.

Police believe Mendez may have been involved in other similar incidents and anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at (415) 553-1361.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Man Fatally Shot While Riding Motorcycle



A man died at San Francisco General Hospital on Saturday night after he was shot while riding a motorcycle near the city's Silver Terrace neighborhood, police said today.

Officers responded to the shooting at about 7:20 p.m. at Bayshore Boulevard and Industrial Street and found the victim, a man in his 20s, suffering life-threatening gunshot wounds, San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said.

He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time after arriving. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of his family, a San Francisco medical examiner's office investigator said.

A preliminary investigation indicates the man was riding a motorcycle when a suspect pulled up in a vehicle behind him, got out of that vehicle and shot the victim, Williams said.

The suspect vehicle then fled north on Bayshore Boulevard. No arrests had been announced as of this morning.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Saturday News:

- A 51 year-old Sacramento man was arrested at 8:10 a.m. in the Richmond District today, on suspicion of shooting and killing a 20 year-old Sacramento woman, and injuring the woman's mother on Wednesday.

- An Oakland man was arrested today as well, after killing a San Francisco Man when he ran into his motorcycle on the Bay Bridge this morning. The suspect was driving drunk, and has been booked into San Francisco County jail.

- Finally, a victim was shot at 7:20 p.m. tonight at Bayshore Blvd. and Industrial way in the Bayview district. No word on the extent of the injuries.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Officer Injured During Police Chase

SF Police Chase, Arrest Suspects; Officer Hurt

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― A San Francisco police officer received non-life threatening leg or ankle injuries during a Thursday night pursuit that ended in two arrests, according to the Police Department.

Officers were notified Thursday to be on the watch for suspects in a vehicle with guns and located a vehicle matching the description around 11:40 p.m. in the area of Powell Street and Pacific Avenue, police said.

A vehicle pursuit ensued when officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. The vehicle chase was then followed by a chase on foot, police said.

The pursuit ended with officers arresting two men and locating two guns.

An officer involved in the pursuit reported an ankle or leg injury, but the extent and cause of the injury was not released.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Two Men Arrested for Tenderloin Robbery, Homicide

S.F. police ID men arrested in fatal beating in Tenderloin

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, July 17, 2008
(07-17) 14:24 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police have identified the two men arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.

Robert Hannah, 57, and Michael Cooper, 44, were booked in connection with the slaying early Wednesday of Richard Weiland, 53, police said today.

Weiland, who has no fixed address, reportedly had an altercation with a woman using a walker about 2 a.m. at Turk and Taylor streets. Weiland was then attacked by the suspects, who beat him and took his wallet, police said.

Both Hannah and Cooper were arrested on suspicion of murder. Cooper was also booked on suspicion of robbery.

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Five Shot in Potrero Hill

5 People Shot In SF Potrero Hill District

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― Five people were shot and injured in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood Wednesday night, police said Thursday.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Missouri Street, near the Potrero Hill Recreation Center, at about 10:20 p.m. and found five people suffering from gunshot wounds, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Someone reportedly approached the victims and started shooting, Gittens said.

The victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and were all expected to survive their injuries, Gittens said.

No suspects have been arrested, Gittens said Thursday morning.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Attempted Homicide of Elderly Patient at Hospital *UPDATE: Was Attempted Suicide, Not Homicide*

Washcloth Stuffed In Hospitalized SF Woman's Mouth

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS / BCN) ― San Francisco police said Wednesday they were investigating an incident where a woman who suffered life-threatening injuries was found in a hospital room at a California Pacific Medical Center facility with a washcloth stuffed in her mouth.

The woman, who remained hospitalized Wednesday evening in critical condition, was discovered Tuesday around 8 p.m. in a room at the CPMC complex at 3500 California Street in the city's Presidio Heights neighborhood, according to police.

CPMC spokesman Kevin McCormack told CBS 5 the woman was then rushed to the hospital's intensive unit at 2333 Buchanan Street for treatment.

Both SFPD and McCormack refused to elaborate on the circumstances of the woman's death.

Police were giving out very few details because they said they were at a "critical point in their investigation," said Deputy Chief David Shinn, who told reporters the victim is an Asian woman in her 60's. The case was being treated as a possible attempted homicide.

"There is a suspicious circumstance that had occurred involving an elderly woman," said Shinn. "We are investigating that to see if there's any criminal intent on anyone's part."

McCormack said federal regulations involving personal health information restricted what details the hospital could publicly release. He confirmed the victim was a CPMC patient, but said he was waiting to talk to her family before discussing it further.

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UPDATE: As it turns out, the victim in question was actually trying to kill herself because she "Was depressed." Story here.

Man Shot Dead In Visitacion Valley, Another Killed During Robbery in the Tenderloin

Two killings in S.F. in less than 24 hours

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
(07-16) 09:30 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A man died in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood early today after being punched during an apparent robbery, the second homicide in the city in less than 24 hours.

The victim, whose identity hasn't been released, was punched numerous times shortly before 2 a.m. at Turk and Taylor streets. The assailant rifled through the man's pockets before fleeing, authorities said.

At about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, police responding to reports of a man slumped inside a car found Darrin Mitchell, 33, dead of a gunshot wound on the 1200 block of Girard Street in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood, police said.

No arrests have been made in either slaying.

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Man Goes on Stabbing Rampage Downtown

Steak Knife-Wielding Stabber Nabbed On MUNI Bus

POSTED: 2:27 pm PDT July 15, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who went on a stabbing rampage in downtown San Francisco Monday afternoon for apparently unknown reasons was later arrested with a steak knife on a San Francisco Municipal Railways streetcar, according to police.

Police reported three separate stabbings took place between noon and 2 p.m. in the vicinity of the Montgomery and Market streets.

All three victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds, police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Gittens said the motive for the attacks was unknown.

In the first incident, shortly after noon, a 17-year-old San Francisco boy was stabbed on the left side by a man who grabbed the boy's cell phone in the Montgomery Street Bay Area Rapid Transit station.

In two separate incidents around 2 p.m., a 38-year-old Illinois man was stabbed at Jessie and First streets, and a 40-year-old San Francisco man was stabbed in the Montgomery Street Muni station, police reported.

The Illinois man reported that his assailant was walking in the opposite direction and deliberately bumped into him. He then discovered he had been stabbed.

The Muni station victim reported being stabbed in the thigh from behind as he rode the escalator.

As the reports were broadcast on police radio, officers noticed a man matching the suspect description on a Muni F-line streetcar at Sixth and Market streets, and detained the suspect.

The man, 25-year-old Duwayne Hyman, was found with a steak knife in his back pocket and was arrested without incident, police reported.

Hyman remains in custody, charged with assault and robbery, according to police.

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Tourist From Washington DC murdered in the Tenderloin, Two Others Killed in Seperate Shootings

S.F. man, 36, identified as SoMa shooting victim

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
(07-14) 11:20 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man was shot to death after a fight early Sunday with three men in the South of Market area, police said.

Frederick Marcello, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:50 a.m. attack at Fifth and Clementina streets. The attackers fled in what police described only as a small black car, driven by a fourth person.

No arrests have been made, and no description of the assailants was immediately available.

Marcello was the third homicide victim in the city in a week and the 55th of the year.

On Friday, Armando Estrada, 30, of Rodeo, was shot to death at 12:30 p.m. at 20th and Mission streets. Police say Estrada may have argued with another man on the street before being shot.

On July 6, 67-year-old Gale Savoie, a visitor from Washington, D.C., was beaten to death inside the New Pacific Hotel on Polk Street in the Civic Center neighborhood.

No one has been arrested in either Estrada's or Savoie's slayings.

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