Noe Valley Voice November 2010




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 Sept. 11 to Oct. 10, 2010, in the area bordered by Grand View, 21st, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lom­­­bardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400.


Sept. 12, 10 p.m., 400 block of Clipper, Domestic Violence: A woman called for a police escort to get her belongings out of her house. She reported that 12 days after she and her boyfriend moved in together, in a rage he had grabbed her by the neck and squeezed her throat with both hands, leaving her with bruises and scrapes. The same physical abuse occurred again the next day. After viewing her injuries, police went to her house and arrested her boyfriend.


Sept. 16, 4 p.m., 4000 block of 25th, Mental Health Detention: Officer Friedman responded to a call of a person in the street jumping on and off parked vehicles and yelling at pedestrians. When Friedman arrived, Patrol Special Fitzinger was standing over the man, who was sprawled on the sidewalk. Awakened by a chest rub, the man started screaming and yelling about bugs crawling on his body. The man blurted out, “I took crystal meth.” The man was taken to the hospital for a 72-hour evaluation because he was a danger to himself and others.


Sept. 17, 3:30 a.m., 600 block of Alvarado, Domestic Violence: A man called police to report that his drunken girlfriend had hit and scratched him in their home after an argument. After an investigation and seeing a substantial amount of scratches and bumpy red marks on the man’s body, officers placed the woman under arrest.


Sept, 24, 1:30 a.m., 1000 block of Sanchez, Robbery: Officer Wilson responded to a call of a robbery. The victim said he was walking near 24th and Sanchez when he was robbed by two young Latin males. One suspect ran up in front of him and simulated a handgun with his right hand in his pocket. He said, “Empty out your pockets. Don’t scream or yell. If you do, I will shoot your ass!” Another suspect stood behind him. The victim removed his wallet, cash, cell phone, and charger from his pockets, but then dropped them on the ground. When the first suspect went to pick them up, the victim ran away. He then saw a white Dodge Caravan drive past him at a high rate of speed. He recognized the van as one he’d seen earlier parked with the engine on and someone in the driver’s seat.


Sept, 25, 2:30 a.m., 20th and Sanchez, Aggravated Assault with a Knife: Officers Trujillo and Kroos responded to a call of a woman in the middle of the street screaming. They found a female with blood dripping down her neck and stomach. A resident was assisting her by holding a towel to her neck. The victim told police, “Some guy stabbed me in the neck!” The resident told police that the woman had knocked on her door begging for help. The victim told police she had been working as a prostitute at the corner of 21st and Capp when a white Ford Taurus drove up. She described the driver as a Hispanic male who spoke with an accent. He solicited her for sex and she got into his vehicle. He then drove around looking for a place to park, settling on a spot near 20th and Sanchez. The victim performed sex for a fee that she and the man had agreed upon. When the suspect asked for sex again, she agreed but asked for additional money. She thought the suspect reached into his pocket to pull out the money but instead he pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the neck and ribs. She attempted to defend herself by grabbing the knife. She was cut on her hand, but managed to jump out of the car. She ran to the closest house to call police after leaving her cell phone in the suspect’s vehicle. Medics transported the victim to San Francisco General Hospital.


Sept. 29, 9:38 p.m., 1100 block of Sanchez, Attempted Robbery with a Gun: The victim of an attempted robbery told Officer Balingit that she was walking on Sanchez near 25th when a suspect approached her from behind and showed her a black semi-automatic handgun in his front waistband. He told her, “It’s time to give me all your stuff,” then grabbed her handbag. The victim held on to her bag during a physical struggle that left her on the ground. As the suspect fled, the victim yelled out, “I’m going to call the police!” The suspect was described as a Hispanic juvenile male, thin build, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt, and dark baggy jeans.


Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, 200 block of Chatta­nooga, Theft of a Bicycle: A man reported to Mission Station that he parked his unlocked bicycle in his garage and when he returned a week later discovered his bicycle had been stolen. The bike is described as a chrome Bianchi Pista 59cm bike valued at $1,000.


Sept 29 to Oct. 6, 200 block of Clipper, Theft of a Bicycle: A man reported to Officer Buckner that a suspect entered the side service door of his apartment building, cut the lock, and stole his locked bicycle from the back yard. The bike is described as a black 2009 Specialized Allez Triple road bike (serial number M8IL6647) valued at $900.


Oct. 5 to 6, 2 p.m. to 9:30 a.m., 100 block of Chattanooga, Theft from a Vehicle: Officers Felix and Fuentes responded to a call of vehicle vandalism. The victim told police that he parked and locked his silver 2004 Chevy Malibu on the street overnight. When he returned, he found damage to his right back passenger window and right front passenger window sill. Taken were a black Canon S90 camera ($400) and camera tripods valued at $320.




The following police blotter covers incidents reported Sept. 11 to Oct. 10, 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 thanks Officer Harry Soulette for his help in retrieving this month’s items. Note: The log may not include all crimes occurring during the period.

Sept. 13, 1 a.m., 300 block of 27th, Vandalism to Vehicles: Two vehicles sustained broken windows, likely by the same suspect(s). Nothing was stolen from either vehicle. Officer Hart responded and prepared a report.


Sept. 13, 7:45 a.m., 100 block of 27th, Theft from Locked Auto: A victim called 311 and reported that her parked, locked, and unattended vehicle was broken into by an unknown person. Four dollars in quarters was stolen from the vehicle.


Sept. 14, 7:42 a.m., 1600 block of Noe, Theft from Vehicle: Officer Vizcay and Sergeant Escobar responded to a report of an auto-boosting. The victim said he came out to his car to find that it had a shattered window. Missing from inside the car was a GPS system.


Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., 1600 block of Sanchez, Attempted Burglary: Officers Curry and Muro responded to a report of a burglary. The reportee, a resident of a shared building, said someone had tried to force his way into the garages of the building by damaging the door handles.


Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m., 400 block of 28th, Theft from Locked Auto: Officer Hart was contacted by a man who showed him that his vehicle’s window had been smashed. The victim stated that new clothing in bags and some electronic car accessories had been stolen.


Sept. 17, 3:25 p.m., 27th and Sanchez, Traffic Collision


Sept. 17, 5:45 p.m., San Jose Ave. at Randall, Traffic Collision, Hit-and-Run


Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m., 400 block of 28th, Vandalism to Vehicle: Officer Hart was flagged down by a victim, who stated that her vehicle’s window had been smashed but no property had been taken from the car.


Sept. 18, 9:54 p.m., 700 block of San Jose Ave., Recovered Auto


Sept. 22, 7:49 p.m., 100 block of Duncan, Recovered Auto


Sept. 23, 7:20 p.m., 600 block of 27th, Attempted Robbery: Officer Gonzales responded to a report of a robbery. The victim said she was walking down the sidewalk when she felt someone grab her purse and try to take it away. The victim struggled with the suspect and fell down. The suspect continued to assault the victim by kicking her, and left only after the victim started to scream. The suspect then got into a beige sedan and was driven away. The suspect was described as an African American female (5-foot-5, 165 pounds, aged 19 to 20) wearing a dark blue sweater.


Sept. 26, 10:45 a.m., 400 block of 29th, Burglary, Apartment: Officer Larocca responded to a residential burglary and met with the victim, who stated that his bicycle was stolen from a common garage in the building. The victim showed the officer that a lock securing the bicycle was broken by the suspect. The front door of the building was not able to be secured due to previous damage.


Sept. 29, 4:40 a.m., 200 block of 27th, Burglary: Officers Morse and Padilla responded to a report of a burglary. The victim said he was getting ready for work when he heard loud banging noises coming from his garage. He went into the garage and noticed that the garage door was open and his mountain bike was missing.


Sept. 30, 8:47 a.m., first block of 29th, Stolen Auto


Oct. 4, 2:20 a.m., 1500 block of Sanchez, Stolen Vehicle/Property: Officers Tam, Hauscarriague, Almaguer, Burke, Chan, and Guzman were working in plain clothes in an auto-boost abatement operation. They saw a man walking up and down streets, looking into cars. The officers then saw the man drive off in what appeared to be a stolen car. The car was followed as it drove off in a dangerous manner. The driver then sped away as the officers tried to stop the vehicle. The suspect and vehicle were later found by the CHP, after the suspect crashed the car against a guardrail while driving without headlights on. The suspect was on probation, and a search of his residence yielded multiple stolen items, which the suspect admitted to stealing.


Oct. 9, 1:08 p.m., Church at Duncan, Theft from Person: Officers Shugars and Kneuker met with the victim of a theft that had just occurred. The victim said she had sat down on a bench and set her phone down next to her. As she was reaching for something else and turned back around, she saw one of two men walking by take her phone. The two men then ran off in different directions. The suspect who took the phone was later found on a Muni bus by Officers Goldsborough and Hornstein, and he was identified by the victim. The suspect was charged with grand theft from person.


Oct. 9, 10:16 p.m., 300 block of Duncan, Attempted Theft from Vehicle: Officer Ma responded to a report of a possible vehicle burglary. The witness said she had been awoken by the sound of breaking glass. She looked outside and saw that a car had been broken into and that two people were walking away from it. The suspects were described as a woman of an unknown race (5-foot-2, 110 pounds, aged 20 to 25) wearing a long red shirt, and a man of an unknown race.


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
Capt. Greg Corrales: 558-5455

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