Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dead Body Found In Apartment Garbage Can

Body Found In SF Apartment Trash Bin
CBS 5 CrimeWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― A body was found inside a plastic bag in a trash bin at an apartment building on Taylor Street Thursday, San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

The discovery was reported around noon at the building at 520 Taylor St.

The death is considered a homicide, and officers initially responded with caution, thinking the killer might still be in the building, Gittens said.

Police blocked off Taylor Street between Post and Geary streets and spent the early afternoon walking back and forth between the building's front entrance and an alleyway that separates the building from the Warwick Hotel.

Gittens said the body was found in a garbage bin on wheels inside the building. He said there is an entrance to 520 Taylor St. in that alleyway.

Police have not yet released the gender or age of the victim.

However, woman answering the phone at Les Nuits de Paris massage
parlor, located next to the entrance to the apartments, said she had seen the body and it was that of a man.

She asked not to be identified, and said the trash bin had nothing to do with the massage parlor, which police confirmed.

At about 2:10 p.m. police appeared to be reopening Taylor Street. Gittens said investigators will continue interviewing residents of 520 Taylor St. this afternoon.

Angela McClure, 28, who lives Post and Taylor streets, within the area that was cordoned off, came home from work and was unable to get to her apartment.

She said she saw at least one officer carrying an automatic weapon.

A passing couple visiting San Francisco from Texas briefly wondered whether a movie was being filmed.

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