Noe Valley Voice May 2009

Police Beat

Tire-Iron Robbers May Have Been Tripped Up in Taraval District

Special Patrol Officer Jane Warner submitted this summary of the April 4 robbery listed below.

On April 4, at 6:40 a.m., police responded to a report of a person who was robbed and hit over the head with a tire iron in the block of 23rd Street between Noe and Castro streets. When officers arrived, they found the victim surrounded by paramedics holding a towel to his head. "I was headed to get some coffee and work on my laptop when I heard footsteps behind me," the victim stated. "Suddenly, I was struck over the head with something heavy."

The victim told officers that the force of the blow caused him to fall to the pavement. When he looked up, he could see that his assailant, a heavy-set Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, was holding a tire iron. A second suspect, also a Hispanic male but with a thinner build, pointed a handgun. "Give me your shit," the armed robber demanded. Fearing for his life, the victim handed over his cell phone, laptop, and wallet. The suspects ran with the stolen goods eastbound on 23rd Street. Paramedics transported the victim to Kaiser Hospital for treatment for a head wound.

A short time later, officers in the Taraval District detained two suspects who had allegedly committed a robbery in that area. The victim was taken to the scene of the detention, but told officers he could not recognize the suspects in custody. Their clothing looked familiar, however, he said. Meanwhile, the victim's computer was found in the suspects' car, police said. The suspects were taken to Taraval Station for further investigation.


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Mission Police Captain Stephen Tacchini and Ingleside Police Captain Denis O'Leary for providing a partial tally of incidents occurring in Noe Valley from March 15 to April 15, 2009.

For details about these or other incidents, contact the police captains directly, or attend community meetings held monthly in each police district (see below).


Mission Police Capt. Stephen Tacchini

Boundaries: 21st, Guerrero, Cesar Chavez, and Grand View

March 26, 8:15 p.m., 24th & Noe: Burglary, vehicle. Victim parked their vehicle, locking the doors and windows. Upon return, they found the vehicle's front passenger window shattered and personal items taken. No suspects were observed.

March 27, 9 a.m., Sanchez & Clipper: Burglary, public building. Victim left personal items in the building and upon return discovered the items stolen. No suspects were observed.

March 27, 9 p.m., 600 block of Sanchez: Burglary, hot prowl. While sleeping, the victims state their home was burglarized through an unlocked sliding patio door. No suspects were observed.

March 30, noon, 4000 block of 24th: Theft, building. A suspect entered a business and stole personal items. Several items were recovered. Suspect known to the business.

March 31, noon, 4000 block of 21st: Burglary, residence. Victims left their property, securing doors and windows and arming the security system. Upon return, they found a side window next to the front door broken and personal items stolen.

April 4, 6:30 a.m., 4000 block of 23rd: Robbery, street. Victim was struck from behind and robbed of personal belongings. Suspect fled on foot.

April 5, 1:30 p.m., 100 block of Portola: Burglary, apartment. Victims left their home, securing the property. Upon return, they found a broken window and items missing. No suspects were observed.

April 5, 4:17 p.m., 800 block of Sanchez: Stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, narcotics. Officers observed suspects in a stolen vehicle and recovered stolen property and narcotics. Two booked and two detained.

April 9, 8 a.m., Clipper & Church: Vandalism, attempted residential burglary. Victim left their home, securing the property. Upon return, they found the front door tampered with. No suspects were observed.

April 9, 10:30 a.m., 4100 block of 23rd: Burglary, apartment. Victims left their home, securing the property. Upon return, they found the entry tampered with. No suspects were observed.

April 9, 1:30 p.m., 600 block of Grand View: False impersonation. Victim was contacted by their bank indicating an overdraft. Victim reported the fraud on their account.

April 13, 7:15 p.m., 23rd & Castro: False information to police, resisting warrant arrest. Officers detained and arrested two suspects for warrants and false information.


Ingleside Police Capt. Denis O'Leary

Boundaries: Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Grand View/Diamond Heights Blvd

March 15, noon, 200 block of Duncan: Theft from building, bicycle.

March 17, 9 p.m., 1300 block of Diamond: Auto burglary.

March 19, 10 p.m., 300 block of 27th: Stolen vehicle.

March 25, 6:30 p.m., Noe & 28th: Auto burglary.

March 26, 8:30 a.m., 100 block of Valley: Stolen vehicle, 1997 Honda Civic. Recovered on the first block of 28th Street.

March 27, 1:30 p.m., 100 block of Duncan: Fraud, stolen credit card used in thefts.

March 31, 6 p.m., 200 block of Duncan: Attempted burglary.

March 31, 6:30 p.m., 300 block of Duncan: Vandalism to parked car.

April 6, 9:15 a.m., 1600 block of Sanchez: 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo recovered.

April 6, noon, 30th & Dolores: Traffic collision, two vehicles. Two parties injured (minor injuries).

April 6, 6 p.m., first block of 29th: Traffic collision. Officer Ng and Officer Brown investigated and arrested a 50-year-old Portola District man for DUI, hit-and-run driving, and for driving with a suspended license. Case #090361094.

April 12, 5 p.m., Dolores & 29th: Lost property, cell phone left in cab. Occurred April 4.

Tale of Two Police Districts

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 police monitor the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside police watch over the southern half.

Both districts invite local residents 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 Police Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane.

To contact Mission Station, call 558-5400. You also may call Mission Station Capt. Stephen Tacchini at 558-5455 or e-mail him at Mission's tip line for anonymous reporting is 552-4558. To contact Ingleside, call 404-4000, or e-mail Capt. Denis O'Leary at Denis.O' The Ingleside tip line is 587-8984.

For online reporting, go to To report a crime in progress, call 911. Note that when calling 911 on a cellular phone near a highway, the call is connected to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch center. In other areas of San Francisco, the call will connect directly to San Francisco Dispatch. Cell phone usesrs can also dial S.F. Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.