Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Two Dead In Excelsior District Murder-Suicide

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide in SF motel

Chronicle Staff Report

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(01-28) 21:03 PST San Francisco -- The bodies of a man and a woman were found in a motel in San Francisco on the 5000 block of Mission Street today and police are investigating the case as a possible murder-suicide, police said.

The two appear to have died from gunshot wounds and their identities remain unknown, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office.

The shootings are believed to have happened between 1:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today, said San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams.

They were discovered after the motel manager saw the body of the man on the floor and called police, who found the other body.

The man is believed to have been the shooter, Williams. said.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Man Shot To Death In Hunters Point

Oakland man, 18, shot to death in S.F. project

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Monday, January 26, 2009

(01-26) 17:05 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- An 18-year-old Oakland man was found shot to death this morning in the Hunters View public housing project in San Francisco's Bayview District, police said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot several times, police said. His body was found about 7 a.m. on a grassy area near West Point and Middlepoint roads, but he may have been shot as much as five hours earlier, investigators said.

No arrests have been made.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Shooting Kills Man In The Western Addition

S.F. man shot to death in Western Addition

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, January 22, 2009

(01-22) 10:02 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A 23-year-old San Francisco man was shot and killed on the street early this morning in the Western Addition, police said.

The victim was identified as Leo Jia Jian Yu of San Francisco.

Yu was shot at 1:15 a.m. outside a public housing development at 1150 Pierce St., near Turk Street, authorities said.

Police said Yu was unemployed and lived on Powell Street.

No arrests have been reported.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Man Stabbed To Death In The Tenderloin

Surveillance video leads S.F. police to suspect in stabbing death

Henry K. Lee,Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writers

(01-15) 12:46 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Footage from store surveillance cameras led San Francisco police to a suspect in the stabbing death of a man on a Tenderloin street, police said today.

The two men began fighting shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Turk Street near Jones Street, and one of them stabbed the other.

The victim, identified as Darnell Curry, 31, crossed Jones Street to where an ambulance was parked for an unrelated call, police said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In reviewing surveillance video from a cell-phone store and a Salvation Army outlet, police saw the stabbing and the assailant running away, investigators said. Plainclothes officers found a man with a bloody knife who matched the attacker's description, police said.

Inspector Dennis Maffei said the man who was arrested, Tommy Thomas, 63, has an extensive criminal history.

"He claimed it was self-defense," Maffei said. "But his history is very long, very violent, including a couple of attempted murders and some violent sexual offenses."

Thomas was pushing wheelchair at the time of the fight, Maffei said.

"There was a lot of back-and-forth stuff," the inspector said. "The victim grabbed a plastic advertising frame and threw it at the suspect. He was stabbed shortly after that."

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Man Injured In Tenderloin Stabbing

Man Stabbed In SF's Tenderloin

A male victim suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was stabbed in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood early Saturday morning, according to the Police Department.

Officers responded to reports of a stabbing at Geary and Polk streets around 3 a.m. and found the victim injured, police said.

He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital in stable condition, police said.

Suspect information was not available.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Three Arrested After Funeral Shooting

Gunfire erupts outside funeral for S.F. homicide victim

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, January 8, 2009

(01-08) 17:49 PST SAN FRANCISCO --

Three men were arrested after someone opened fire on mourners outside the funeral for a homicide victim this afternoon in the Western Addition, San Francisco police said.

No one was hit in the shooting at 1:25 p.m. at Fillmore Street and Golden Gate Avenue, which happened as friends and relatives of 18-year-old Lazarus "Buddy" Pickett were leaving his memorial service, police said.

Officers who had been monitoring the service seized a Tech 9 assault weapon and arrested two 21-year-old men and a third man, age 20, said police Sgt. Wilfred Williams. Their names have not been released.

Pickett was stabbed to death Dec. 30 outside the Plaza East public housing development on Larch Way in the Western Addition, in what authorities described as the outgrowth of domestic violence.

DeEbony Smith, 27, with whom Pickett had a baby daughter, was arrested and has been charged with murder.

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Man Stabbed To Death In The Richmond District



Homicide investigators are trying to determine today what led a 45-year-old San Francisco man to stab another man to death inside a Richmond District parking garage Wednesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said.

Ryosuke Yoshioka, 59, of San Francisco, was attacked in the parking garage located above the OfficeMax at 3700 Geary Boulevard at about 2:45 p.m., according to authorities.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner's office said.

According to police spokeswoman Sgt. Lyn Tomioka, investigators still are not sure what precipitated the attack, which was witnessed by at least three people.

The bystanders were able to detain the suspect in the stabbing at the scene until officers arrived and arrested him, Tomioka said.

The suspect, Peter Fong, remained in custody today after being booked for murder, according to Tomioka.

Fong bears "no relation" to current Police Chief Heather Fong, Tomioka emphasized.

A manager at the Office Max said today he had been informed of the stabbing by police, but had no knowledge of the incident at the time.

Any additional witnesses to the attack are asked to contact the Police Department's homicide detail at (415) 553-1145 or the confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444.

The stabbing is the first homicide reported by San Francisco police this year.

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News From The Past Week:

- A man was stabbed in the back at 2:45 a.m. this morning, during an argument with another man on the 1300 block of Stevenson Street, in the South of Market area. The victim was taken to SF General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

- A man in his 40's was stabbed at 3:55 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the Mission District, on the 2000 block of Mission Street. He was taken to SF General, and his condition is unknown.

- Police shot a burglary suspect in a house on the unit block of Cortland Street in Bernal Heights on Saturday. The occupants of the house, a mother and daughter, hid in a closet while the suspect ransacked their home. When the officers arrived they confronted the suspect, who was wearing a ski mask and was armed with a crow bar, when he lunged at one officer, knocking himself and the officer down a flight of stairs. Both officers then shot the suspect. The suspect and the officer who fell down the stairs were taken to SF general for non life-threatening injuries.

- Police are asking for help finding up to three men who have robbed at least 6 houses in the Sunset, Ingleside, and Bayview, since December. The men wear ski masks, and wait for people to return home, at which point they rob the victims and enter the house, robbing anyone else in the house, and taking anything of value they can find. At least two victims have been pistol-whipped in the course of the robberies.

- Police are also investigating several other robberies since last Thursday. No other information was given.

- A man was shot in the ass at Eddy and Buchanan streets, in the Western Addition, at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday Morning. He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

- 27 year-old DeEbony Smith was arrested for the murder of 18 year-old Lazarus Pickett on December 30th. Pickett was stabbed to death on the 600 block of Larch Way, outside a home in the Plaza East Housing projects. Pickett and Smith were described as boyfriend and girlfriend.

- A stolen car crashed in the Portola District, after the driver saw some police and thought they were after him. He swerved into oncoming traffic, struck a car carrying an 80-year-old couple, and flipped over. The suspect, identified as 35 year-old Antoine Kelly, of San Francisco, then ran on foot, but was chased and arrested by police. Kelley, the couple in the other car, and the officers were all taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

- Vandals spray painted swastikas on the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic church on Diamond Street, in the Castro District last weekend.

- A portable toilet was set on fire once again, in Russian Hill. This one was set ablaze at 3:20 a.m on Tuesday morning, near Greenwich Street and Van Ness Avenue. It's at least the 13th portable toilet set on fire in Russian Hill since November.

- According to a settlement reached with the NRA, the San Francisco Housing Authority will soon drop it's ban on owning hand guns in public housing projects.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Shootings Injure Two



San Francisco police are investigating two shootings Thursday night, including one that left a man with life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

The first shooting was reported at about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Wilson and Rhine streets, according to police.

The male victim in the shooting was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Another shooting was reported at about 10:10 p.m. in the area of Hayes and Buchanan streets. Several suspects approached a man and fired several shots, according to police.

The victim in the second shooting is in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

No arrests have been made for either shooting and no suspect information was immediately available, according to police.

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At Least 36 Arrested During New Year's



At least 36 people were arrested in San Francisco Wednesday night and this morning as a result of New Year's Eve festivities in the city, according to police Sgt. Wilfred Williams.

Police made 30 arrests for being drunk in public in the areas of Broadway, Market Street and Embarcadero, Williams said.

Five arrests were made for a variety of misdemeanor offenses, according to Williams, who said police also made one arrest for a felony warrant.

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