Noe Valley Voice June 2013

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station during April 2013. Her tally includes most but not all incidents occurring in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400. To receive the Mission Police District newsletter, write


Incidents Reported to Mission Station

April 5, 6:35 a.m., 4000 block of 26th, Street Robbery with a Gun: A resident in shock and visibly shaken provided police with a description of a robbery. The resident walked to his vehicle and opened his trunk, then felt someone touch his waist on both sides. Surprised, he turned around and faced the suspect, who was pointing a black semiautomatic pistol at the victim’s feet. The suspect said, “Don’t shout. Don’t run. I have a gun and I’ll shoot you. Give me your wallet and phone.” The victim told him, “I don’t have it.” The suspect then demanded the victim’s wedding ring and backpack. Fearing for his life, the victim dropped his backpack and took off his wedding ring, which the suspect grabbed. The suspect said, “Sorry, I’m just trying to provide for my family,” then fled. He is described as a black male, 20 to 25 years old, 180 pounds, 5’6” to 6’ tall, wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, a neon green or yellow hooded Adidas jacket, and dark-colored pajama pants with colored logos all over them. #130276925 

April 5, 3:08 p.m., 21st and Sanchez, Street Robbery with a Gun: A resident fearing for her life handed over her purse after a man ran up behind her and said, “Give me your purse—I got a gun,” and displayed a black revolver. The suspect fled around the corner. The victim then heard a vehicle alarm beep twice, but she was unable to see if the man got into a car. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’6”, 130 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweat jacket with red lettering. #130278410

April 9, 8:45 a.m., 4000 block of 24th, Burglary of an Apartment House: During a hot day a resident left her apartment, locking her doors but leaving a few windows open. When she came home, she found her bedroom door pried open and several items missing, including a $1,500 diamond ring. Her roommate also found pry marks on his bedroom door and his MacBook computer, valued at $2,000, among the missing. #130291456

April 11, 3 p.m., 1400 block of Guerrero, Bicycle Theft: A resident’s bicycle was stolen from the hallway of her apartment building. A plastic card may have been used to block the lock to the main entrance. The bike, valued at $1,400, was described as a black Cannondale Synapse, serial number QM6709. #130300803

April 13, 12:15 a.m., 21st and Noe, Attempted Street Robbery with Force: A victim being treated at St. Luke’s Hospital told police he had been sitting on a step at 21st and Noe streets looking at his phone when two men approached and asked him for the time. He looked at his phone, raised his head to answer, and was punched in the nose by one suspect while the other tried to take his phone. The victim fell to the sidewalk during the struggle, covering his face with his arms while the two men punched and kicked him in the face. He screamed loudly; the suspects stopped and left. Meanwhile, neighbors who had heard the victim’s screams and observed two suspects on a roof, called police. Officers arrived and arrested the suspects after noting blood evidence on their clothing and hands. The police took the suspects and the victim back to the scene, where the victim identified the men as his attackers. #13030105

April 14, 8:36 p.m., 3900 block of 22nd, Theft, False Pretenses: Police responded to a call saying two men were possibly casing a building. Upon arrival, police found two men with Swiss passports and luggage with recent airline tags. The men said they had a paid reservation for four nights at $245 per night at a bed-and-breakfast at the 22nd Street location. They presented an email confirmation from “” for a 1906 Victorian in “Nest Inn Noe Valley.” An inn by that name does not exist. #130340069

April 15, 3:01 p.m., 1100 block of Church, Miscellaneous Investigation: Several residents reported losing power in their homes due to strong winds blowing tree branches down. One large branch fell on Muni power lines and two parked vehicles. Muni techs responded, cutting off the power that charged the Muni lines and other lines on the block. SFFD assisted in cutting the branches away from the vehicles. The Department of Public Works later arrived and did final cleanup. There were no reported injuries. #130307887

April 15, 10 a.m., 800 block of Alvarado, Found Property: A key ring with five keys and a garage door opener was found on the sidewalk and booked at Mission Station for safekeeping. #130310664

April 19, 6:34 a.m., 4400 block of 25th, Theft from Unlocked Vehicle, Burglary of Residence, Unlawful Entry: A resident left his unlocked vehicle parked on the street in front of his house overnight. The next day, he heard someone in his garage and called police. After checking his garage with police, he discovered his white $3,000 Cannondale bicycle (serial number XM28975) had been taken. He also found the door to his vehicle was open and his garage clicker had been taken. #130318555

April 15, 12:44 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Theft of Cell Phone: A store employee placed his $300 Samsung Galaxy cell phone on the counter, then assisted a customer. When he went to retrieve the phone, it was gone. Police reviewed security cameras, which showed a white male, approximately 35 years old, walking into the store and taking the phone from the counter. #130320732

April 21, 10:40 p.m., 500 block of Jersey: Auto Theft, Warrant Arrest, Driving with a Suspended License, Under the Influence of Alcohol: Multiple police responded to reports of a stolen red Toyota Solara with a New Jersey license plate in the area of 24th and Castro streets. When police arrived, the car was gone so they searched the area. One officer advised he had located the vehicle at Jersey and Diamond streets, and had five occupants at gunpoint. All occupants, one by one, were ordered out of the vehicle, detained, and handcuffed by police. The confirmed stolen vehicle was towed and all riders were taken to Mission Station. The driver was arrested for auto theft and driving with a suspended license. A passenger was arrested for being drunk, while another was arrested for having warrants. The other two riders were released. #130322136 

April 27, 4 p.m., 26th and Noe, Theft from a Person:A resident was waiting for a bus when a man reached over his shoulder and snatched his cell phone out of his hand. The suspect fled and entered a black vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’7”, 140 pounds, wearing red shorts and a white shirt. #130346108

April 28, 12:50 a.m., 20th and Douglass: Two men were walking together when they saw two suspicious men walking parallel to them. Fearing they might be robbed, the walkers stopped to let the other men pass. One approached and pulled out a black Sig-Sauer P229R or an air gun and said, “Give me the money.” The suspect racked the slide of his gun, held it tilted sideways, and pointed at one of the men, who asked him if he was serious. The suspect responded, “This isn’t a joke.” The man offered the suspect one dollar but he refused it. The other man, scared for his life, pulled out his wallet and handed over six one-dollar bills. The suspect took the money and said, “Thank you.” Then the men left. The suspects were between 20 and 25 years old and possibly Pilipino or Hispanic. The man with the gun was 5’8”, 160 pounds, wearing a dark gray hoodie, and black jeans. The other was 5’10”, 170, wearing all black and had a buzz cut. #130346158

Note: Six vehicles were stolen in Noe Valley during the month of April and all six were recovered. Five vehicles stolen in other areas were also recovered in Noe Valley.



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported during April 2013 in Upper Noe Valley—the area roughly bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. Incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Ingleside Police Station. The Voice log may not include all events reported during the month. To contact Ingleside Station or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email ­


Incidents Reported to Ingleside Station

April 1, 1:35 p.m., Valley at San Jose Ave., Traffic Collision

April 5, 12:30 a.m., 1600 block of Noe, Burglary

April 5, 4:30 a.m., 1800 block of Church, Burglary

April 5, 8 p.m., first block of Valley, Theft from Vehicle

April 6, 8 a.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Vandalism to Vehicle

April 6, 3 p.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Theft from Vehicle

April 7, 5:20 p.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Theft from Vehicle

April 8, 12:17 p.m., 1700 block of Diamond, Recovered Vehicle

April 8, 2:05 p.m., 700 block of San Jose Ave., Recovered Vehicle

April 13, 11:23 p.m., 1600 block of Dolores, Obstructing/Resisting: Officers Peregrina and McMilton responded to the 1600 block of Dolores Street regarding an individual who was causing problems inside a bar. The subject was intoxicated and was seen challenging customers inside the bar to a fight. When asked to leave, he refused. Upon arrival, the bartender pointed to the suspect, who was standing out in front. When the officers approached the suspect, he immediately became aggressive and uncooperative towards them. At one point during the interview, the suspect took an aggressive stance as if he wanted to fight but then decided he wanted to go back into the bar. The officers stopped him, at which point he said, “Get your hands off me, girl.” The officers tried to take the suspect into custody, but he wasn’t going without a fight. The officers fought with the suspect until additional units arrived and were eventually able to subdue him. The suspect sustained a couple of scrapes as a result. The officers were not injured. The suspect was arrested and charged with being drunk in public as well as resisting arrest. #130303493

April 13, 10 p.m., 300 block of Valley, Stolen Vehicle

April 15, 6:30 p.m., Valley at San Jose Ave., Traffic Collision

April 22, 12:21 p.m., San Jose Ave. at 30th, Traffic Collision

April 22, 1:08 p.m., 28th at Sanchez, Traffic Collision

April 26, 5:48 p.m., Duncan at Dolores, Traffic Collision


Police Borders 

Noe Valley falls under the jurisdiction of two police districts—Mission and Ingleside. The Mission Police District covers the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside covers the area south of Cesar Chavez Street. Both districts publish digital newsletters and hold monthly community meetings. Mission Police District holds its meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia St. Ingleside’s community meetings are 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


Capt. Robert Moser: 558-5400

Ingleside Station: 404-4000

Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444


Capt. Tim Falvey: 404-4000

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

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