Noe Valley Voice December-January 2010

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks 24th Street Beat Officer Lorraine Lombardo for providing this tally of incidents reported in the half of Noe Valley covered by the Mission Police District. The log includes some but not all incidents occurring Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, 2010, in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lom­­­bardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400.


Oct. 11, 12:20 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., 4000 block of 24th, Burglary of a Restaurant: A cook told Officer Johnson that he locked all the doors and windows, set the alarm, and closed up the restaurant. When the cook came back to open the restaurant, he found the back door had been kicked in and part of the cash register was found in a sink filled with water. The back door panel was damaged, the cash register was pried apart, and $200 was taken.


Oct. 18, 10:42 p.m., 20th and Church, Robbery: Officers Nantroup and Kessor responded to a call of a robbery. The victim told police that she was walking past a red Cadillac when she was attacked by a man who forcefully put his arm around her neck and said, “Give me your camera!” She screamed, “I am being mugged—help me!” She fought during the struggle, but the suspect took her purse, got into the Cadillac, and fled. Meanwhile, undercover Officers Moody, Kenney, and Cathey responded to the scene, searched the area, and found a red Cadillac being driven by suspects who matched the victim’s description. Police attempted to stop the vehicle with lights and sirens, but it sped away at a high rate of speed, running stop signs. Multiple police vehicles pursued the suspects through the Mission and Ingleside districts, catching up with them at 30th Street. Suspects were taken from the vehicle, property from the victim was found, and suspects were identified. The suspects were arrested and escorted to jail, and their red Cadillac was towed.


Oct. 19, 9:15 p.m., 200 block of Fair Oaks, Robbery: Officers Manrique and Chambers responded to a robbery call. The victim told police she was walking on the sidewalk when she was approached by three suspects. One approached her from behind, and grabbed her shoulders. He told her to “shhh” and “be quiet.” Meanwhile, the other suspect grabbed her cell phone, and all three suspects fled. They are described as 25 to 29 years old. One was wearing a black and gray thin-striped hooded sweat­shirt; another an orange hooded sweatshirt.


Oct. 20, 12:21 a.m., 20th and Dolores, Attempted Robbery: Officer Wilson responded to a call of an attempted robbery. The victim told police that he was approached by a suspect from behind while walking on Dolores Street. The suspect said, “Give me your phone and I’ll walk away.” The victim said “no.” The suspect said “Excuse me?” and reached into his pocket and clicked the hammer of a gun. The victim, afraid of being robbed at gunpoint, told the suspect, “There is a police car doubled-parked down the block.” The suspect looked that direction and briskly jogged away.


Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, 4400 block of 24th, Elder Abuse: A registered nurse from Adult Protective Services came to Mission Station and reported to Officer Friedman a case involving elder and financial abuse. The victim had been withdrawing large amounts of cash from his ATM and giving it to his deceased partner’s brother. The victim had been verbally and physically abused by the suspect. The victim recently inherited money from his deceased mother, and information about the inheritance had been left on a coffee table.


Nov. 2, 11:47 a.m., 4000 block of 24th, Bank Robbery: Officer Andaluz and multiple police responded to a call of a bank robbery on 24th Street near Noe. The suspect entered the bank, walked up to the teller, and in a deep voice said, “Don’t push the button. Give me all the fifties and hundreds, and don’t give me the marked money.” The suspect placed a brown paper bag on top of the counter. The teller complied with his demands and placed the money on the counter. The suspect grabbed the money and placed it inside his pocket and exited the bank, leaving the bag on the counter. He was described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 5*8(, slender build, 170 pounds. He was wearing a bright yellow mesh safety vest trimmed in orange, with “San Francisco” on the front and “BSES” (Bureau of Street Environmental Services) on the back. He had on dark sunglasses and a new black San Francisco Giants World Series Champions baseball cap with a light colored bill.


Nov. 3, 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Castro and Hill, Stolen Vehicle: 1996 White Jeep Cherokee


Nov. 7 to 9, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., 400 block of Clipper, Stolen Vehicle: 1991 Mercedes Benz, 190E 2.3L, four-door, green


Nov. 9, 12 a.m., 300 block of Hill, Found Property: A man came to Mission Station to turn in found property. He found the following items on the roof of his house: five bracelets, three necklaces, one choker, two rings, three pairs of earrings, miscellaneous jewelry, and a white iPod. The man thought the property might belong to a neighbor from a prior burglary years ago.


Nov. 10, 10:11 a.m., 4000 block of 24th, Bank Robbery: Officers Claudio and Flannery responded to a bank robbery at the corner of 24th and Castro. Witnesses told police a light-skinned black male in his late 20s, approximately 5*9(, large build with a stubble beard, wearing a purple jacket, pulled a black beanie hat over his face and entered the bank. He walked up to a teller and said “Gimme the money, the hundreds. Gimme more. I have a gun.” He placed his left hand near his left jacket pocket “as if he had a gun.” The shaken teller handed over the money. The suspect left the bank with the cash, removed the beanie hat, and disappeared.



he following police blotter covers incidents reported Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, in Upper Noe Valley—the area roughly bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from news­letters produced by Capt. Louis Cassanego of Ingleside Police Station. The log may not include all crimes reported during the period.


Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., 100 block of 28th, Burglary: Officer Hom responded to the report of a burglary. The victim said she came home to find that someone had forced open the door to her home. The suspect stole a laptop, CDs, and jewelry. The victim suspected some painters who had been painting on a nearby roof and could have seen whether anyone was at home and what was inside the residence.


Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m., 400 block of Valley, Threats: A landlord called his tenant to advise him about his incessantly barking dog. The suspect told the landlord that he would injure him if Animal Care and Control were called regarding the dog. The landlord was afraid and wanted the incident documented.


Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m., 200 block of Duncan, Vandalism to Vehicle: Officer Castillo responded to a vandalism call and met with the victim, who told the officer that an unknown suspect had scratched his vehicle.


Oct. 23, 6:20 p.m., Mission and 29th, Traffic Collision


Oct. 26, 4 a.m., 5300 block Diamond Heights Blvd., Vandalism to Vehicles: Officers Rosiak and Trujillo responded to a call of vandalism and met with numerous vehicle owners who had discovered that their vehicles had been damaged. The officers found 11 vehicles had been damaged with punctured tires, cracked windshields, and dents and scratches within a two-block area. No suspect information was provided.


Oct. 27, 10:08 a.m., 700 block of San Jose Ave., Burglary, Flat: Officers Johnson and Bernard investigated a burglary in a residence under construction. A rear door was entered and numerous tools were stolen.


Oct. 28, 3 a.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Stolen Auto


Oct. 31, 11:22 p.m., first block of 29th, Battery/Aided Case: Officers Anderson, Brown, and Gabriel responded to a fight call. The officers located two subjects, one appearing intoxicated, who had been pepper-sprayed in the face by the other, a bar security guard. The security guard had sprayed the other man after the man had been removed from the bar for causing problems. The guard feared the suspect would cause additional problems when he returned to the bar. The guard refused all police action against the suspect. The suspect was transported to San Francisco General Hospital via ambulance.


Oct. 31, 7:30 a.m., 1600 block of Guerrero, Stolen Auto


Nov. 2, 11:22 a.m., Dolores at 30th, Traffic Accident


Nov. 4, 9:48 a.m., San Jose at Day, Traffic Accident


Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m., 300 block of 29th, Stolen Auto


Nov. 6, 1 a.m., San Jose and 29th, Traffic Collision, Hit-and-Run


Nov. 8, 5:45 a.m., 1400 block of Sanchez, Stolen Auto


Nov. 9, 11:19 p.m., Guerrero at Duncan, Recovered Unfounded Auto


Nov. 10, 11:10 a.m., Guerrero at 27th, Traffic Collision


This month’s Police Beat was edited by Sally Smith and Jan Goben.



Police Borders

Noe Valley is split between two San Francisco police jurisdictions—Mission Police District and Ingleside Police District—with Cesar Chavez Street as the dividing line. Mission Station covers the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside patrols the southern half. Both districts invite citizens to attend police community meetings, held monthly. Mission Police District holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia Street near 17th Street. Ingleside’s community meetings take place on the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane.


Police Contacts

Mission Station: 558-5400
Anonymous Tip Line: 552-4558

Newsletter: sfpd.mission.station
Capt. Greg Corrales: 558-5455


Ingleside Station: 404-4000
Anonymous Tip Line: 587-8984

Newsletter: sfpd.ingleside.station
Capt. Louis Cassanego: 404-4030


To file a police report, go to any local station or file online at

To report a crime in progress, call 911. Cell phone users can dial Police Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.