Noe Valley Voice December-January 2011

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station. The tally includes most but not all incidents occurring in October in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call the station at 558-5400 or email 


Oct. 2, 5 p.m., to Oct. 4, 5:22 a.m., 4100 block of 24th, Burglary, Store: A passerby noticed that the smashed glass front door of a bike shop on 24th Street, and called police. In addition, a padlock and latch had been cut off from above the door. The burglar left behind a blue/gray garden glove, found on the floor and booked for evidence. Eight bicycles were stolen. #110799276

Oct. 2-7, 1200 block of Sanchez, Suspicious Occurrence: A local woman reported to police that her three-year-old Great Dane had become violently ill and died after being cared for by her boyfriend of five months. She said she had an autopsy performed by a vet at U.C. Davis, who told her the dog had ingested “automotive antifreeze.” Animal Care and Control is investigating this case. #11086265

Oct. 12, 10:40 a.m., 3900 block of 26th, Theft from a Garage: A resident reported someone broke into his garage and stole a black Cannondale Hybrid mountain bike valued at $1,200, a silver Rocky Mountain bike valued at $1,500, and camera equipment totaling  $2,500. #110822140

Oct. 12, 4:30 a.m., 4300 block of 24th, Theft Vehicle Strip: A resident heard a loud exhaust noise from a car on the street. When she went to her car, a neighbor told her someone had been under the vehicle and then run off. The car owner discovered her catalytic converter had been stolen. Replacement value $900. #110824198

Oct. 12, 5:15 p.m., 1000 block of Douglass, Dog Bite: A man was walking his dog, a Jack Russell terrier, in Douglass Park when a pit bull allegedly ran straight toward the terrier and bit its neck, locked its jaws, and shook the smaller dog. After the owners separated the dogs, the terrier had punctures in its neck and a torn left ear. The terrier owner spent $583.48 in veterinary fees and said he had not been able to collect any money from the pit bull’s owner. #110842659

Oct. 16, 1:10 a.m., 23rd and Vicksburg, Attempted Robbery: Victim was walking home from a party on Dolores Street when he was approached by several suspects. Thinking he was going to get robbed, he ran; then more suspects showed up and knocked him to the ground. One of them said, “Empty out your pockets.” They kicked him in the face and punched and kicked his body, until someone yelled to call police and they fled. He recognized the suspects from the house party. #110833517

Oct. 16, 7:58 p.m., 200 block of Jersey, Sexual Battery: While taking out the trash with both hands, a woman was approached by a suspect who got behind her, put his hand up her skirt, and grabbed her vagina and buttocks. The woman yelled and chased the suspect away. He was described as 25 to 30 years old, 5*10(, 170 pounds, with black hair and facial hair. He was wearing a zip-up hooded jacket and blue jeans. #110835438

Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m., 1400 block of Church, Sexual Battery: Victim was walking home when she felt someone come up from behind her and grab her buttocks with both hands. She turned around, and the suspect pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his face. She screamed and he ran off. The suspect was described as 5*7(, 150 pounds. #110841742

Oct. 18, 10:55 p.m., 4000 block of 25th, Stalking, Criminal Threats, Malicious Mischief, and Vandalism to Vehicle: A man was booked for stalking, threats, and vandalism after he allegedly sent numerous intimidating text messages to his ex-girlfriend, punctured her tires, and spraypainted obscenities on her car. The victim was given an emergency protective order.

Oct. 25, 2:15 a.m., 400 block of Hill, Hot Prowl Burglary: A resident reported to police that he was asleep with his girlfriend in the loft of a garage when he was awakened to the sound of someone attempting to take his bicycle. He looked down and saw a white male with short, buzzed-cut hair wearing dark clothing trying to take the bike through the side unlocked garage door. He yelled at the suspect, who then dropped the bike and fled out the door. #110860350

The following incident occurred Nov. 1, but was included in this month’s crime log because of its serious nature.

Nov. 1, 11:06 a.m., 500 block of Alvarado, Attempted Robbery with Gun: An Alvarado Street resident reported that while taking out the garbage, he was approached by a man who seemed suspicious. As the resident attempted to go back into his home, the suspect ran up and pushed the door open. The resident yelled, “Call the cops!” and came back out of the house to prevent the suspect from entering the open door. The resident fell on his back and looked up to see the suspect had a gray, semiautomatic handgun pointed at his face. “Be cool,” the suspect said. The resident feared the suspect was going to shoot, and yelled, “Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” The resident’s wife came out of the house to find the suspect standing over her husband and asked, “What’s going on?” The suspect saw her and fled. A neighbor heard the screaming, followed by footsteps and a car “screeching out.” The suspect was described as an African American man with thick eyebrows, 5'10", wearing a blue knit cap and a blue hooded zip-up jacket. #110884134

Ten vehicles were stolen in the month of October from the following locations:

4000 block of 23rd, 1996 Honda, License 4CQL078, #110819658

1600 block of Castro, 1986 Mazda 626LX, License 4GRC941, #110841548

1100 block of Castro, 1990 Mazda MX6, License 6HKB292, #110847427

4200 block of 24th, 1994 Honda Civic, License 4EWP888, #110849291

24th and Noe, 2005 Toyota Camry, four-door, License 6NHG121, #110853872

4300 block of 25th, 1998 Honda Civic, License 4CBB393, #110855709     

3900 block of 26th, 1993 Acura Integra, License 3EAJ414, #110843629

1000 block of Noe, 2000 Honda Civic, License 4MWF465, #110873018

4200 block of 21st, 1998 Honda Civic, License 4CRR182, #110875597

4000 block of 25th, 1991 Honda Civic, License 2XHL815, #110878585



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Oct. 1-31 in the part of Noe Valley bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Ingle­side Police Station. The log may not include all crimes reported during the month. To contact Ingleside Station, email 


Oct. 2, noon, 900 block of Duncan, Stolen License Plate

Oct. 6, 5:38 p.m., 600 block of San Jose Ave., Warrant: Officers Obot and Hom were dispatched to check on the well-being of a subject. The officers made contact with the subject, who appeared to be fine. A records check revealed that the subject had an outstanding warrant and he was arrested. #110860928

Oct. 6, 9:30 p.m., 1300 block of Sanchez, Battery: Officers Dominguez and Benavidez quickly responded to a call of sexual assault. Officers spoke with the victim, who stated she was walking home when an unknown suspect touched her inappropriately. The victim said she quickly ran away and called the police. The officers did a search for the suspect but were unable to find anyone. #110807540

Oct. 6, 6 a.m., 1500 block of Sanchez, Stolen Auto

Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m., 400 block of 27th, Probation Violation: Officers Martinez and Morgante responded to the report of a deceased person. The officers made contact with the reporting party. A records check revealed that the reporting party had a stay-away order from the deceased, who had passed in his home. He was booked on violating his probation and the stay-away order. #110808946

Oct. 8, 5 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Burglary: Officer Morgante responded to a report of a burglary. The victim parked his vehicle inside an unlocked garage. Upon returning to his car, he realized that a suspect had stolen several items out of the inside of the car. #110811494

Oct. 9, 5 p.m., 300 block of 30th, Stolen Truck

Oct. 11, 4 p.m., 400 block of Castro, Stolen Auto

Oct. 17, 4:23 p.m., 1500 block of Guerrero, Stolen Property: Officer Hurwitz was on patrol when she observed a vehicle on Ocean Avenue with no front license plate. The vehicle had a rear license plate, and a record check revealed the plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen. Officer Hurwitz stopped and detained the driver, who was unable to provide any proof of identification. The information he provided revealed he had no driver’s license in California. The record check also revealed various arrests had been made of the driver for driving without a license and in the same vehicle. However, the prior arrests showed the license plate number on the vehicle was different from the number currently on the vehicle. The driver was transported to Ingleside Station and read his Miranda rights. He told the officers he had purchased the vehicle and was waiting for the paperwork from the Department of Motor Vehicles. A record check of the vehicle returned with incomplete paperwork and an expired registration. Officers determined that the driver had switched the license plates to escape detection of the expired registration. The officers contacted the individual who had reported his license plates stolen, who stated he did not know the driver of the vehicle. The driver was booked for possession of stolen property and driving without a license. #110837791

Oct. 17, 1 a.m., 29th and Church, Hit-and-Run Accident

Oct. 21, 10 a.m., 300 block of Day, Stolen Vehicle

Oct. 22, 8:20 a.m., 1800 block of Church, Stolen Vehicle

Oct. 23, 9:20 a.m., 200 block of Duncan, Recovered Vehicle

Oct. 25, 10:32 a.m., 1600 block of Castro, Stolen Motorcycle: Officer Rand responded to investigate the theft of a moped. He spoke with the victim, who advised that he had locked and chained his moped to a pole in front of his home. He returned to find the moped missing and its lock and chain cut. A witness who was working nearby advised the victim that he saw a male cut the chain and take the moped. The witness told him he could identify the male and agreed to drive around the area and search for the suspect with the victim. They located the suspect nearby, pushing the moped into an address a few blocks away. The victim returned home with the worker and called police. Officers Frisk and Turner responded to the suspect’s address, located the moped, and detained the suspect. They located a pair of bolt cutters on the suspect’s person and found a cut lock and chain, which they believed were used in the crime. The officers took pictures of the moped for evidence and took custody of the burglary tools. The witness later positively identified the suspect, who was taken into custody and booked at Ingleside Station. #110861057

Oct. 25, 6:15 p.m., 27th and Church, Assault with Chemical: Officer Kneuker responded to an assist for a victim who had been pepper-sprayed after exiting a Muni bus. The victim advised that there were several individuals creating an altercation with the bus driver, and when he exited the bus the suspects exited the bus with him. He said he took a picture of the suspects and one of them grabbed his camera and attempted to take it away. The victim refused to give it to them and one of the suspects sprayed him in the face. The suspects then all ran away. The officer summoned an ambulance for the victim, and he was transported to the hospital for further medical treatment. Officers searched the area unsuccessfully for the suspects. Officer Kneuker then contacted Muni and requested a copy of the video surveillance tape. #110862293

Oct. 25, 2:41 p.m., 100 block of 28th, Recovered Vehicle

Oct. 27, 7:48 a.m., Valley at Noe, Recovered Vehicle         

Oct. 28, 9:15 a.m., 200 block of Valley, Recovered Vehicle

Oct. 28, 9:50 a.m., 200 block of Duncan, Recovered Vehicle

Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m., 1400 block of Guerrero, Hit-and-Run

Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m., 600 block of San Jose Avenue, Theft: Officer Preston responded to the call of an auto boost. He spoke with the victim, who advised she had secured and locked her vehicle and a short time later was informed by her neighbor that she had seen a male reach into her vehicle, remove some items, and run down the street. The victim said one of the windows had been shattered and that several items were missing. Officer Preston spoke with the neighbor/witness, who told him that she saw a male take the items from the vehicle but did not get a good look at him and could not identify him. She said her son ran down the street after the suspect but was unable to locate him. Officer Preston searched the area for the suspect to no avail. #110880267

Oct. 31, 6 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Traffic Collision


Police Borders

Noe Valley is shared by 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 community meetings, held monthly. Mission Police District holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia St. 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: 392-2623

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

Ingleside Station: 404-4000
Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444


Capt. Daniel J. Mahoney: 404-4000

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.