Noe Valley Voice October 2008

Crime Beat: Report from Mission Station

By Officer Jane Warner
San Francisco Patrol Special Police

The following crime summaries were culled from reports filed at Mission Police Station. They cover some but not all incidents occurring in northern Noe Valley, which is loosely defined as the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. One incident was outside the bounds of the neighborhood, but was included to elicit witnesses. Incidents occurred during the period Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, 2008.

Suspicious Occurrence, 8-2-08, 9 a.m. (reported): A man walked into Mission Station and reported an unusual phone call he had received at his residence on Dolores Street. He told the officer behind the counter that someone had called and offered to sell him a Dell computer and printer for $1,500, paid in installments over 12 months. The man thought it was a good deal, so he gave the caller, who identified himself as "Jason," the account and routing number to his Bank of America checking account, along with his Social Security number. Jason told the man that the payments would be taken out electronically and that he would receive his computer in a couple of days. On the first of the month, however, the man did not receive his computer and he noticed his government check had not been credited to his account. The man contacted B of A, which advised him to contact police. The officer at Mission Station told the man to close his account with B of A and open another one and to contact the Social Security Administration.

Assault with Knife, Dolores Park, 9-10-08, 6:56 p.m.: Several people called 911, reporting a group of men fistfighting near the bathrooms at Dolores Park. When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old man suffering from a knife wound to his left thigh. The victim refused to talk to officers about what had happened. A witness told officers that the suspect, described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, wearing a gray sweatshirt, baggy pants, and a long ponytail, fled the park prior to the officers arriving. The group of men, who all appeared to be in their 20s, were last seen heading east on 20th Street. The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital via ambulance and treated for his injuries.

Burglary, 3800 block of 24th, 9-13-08, 11 a.m. (reported): When the owner of a small novelty store on 24th Street arrived for work the morning of Sept. 13, she discovered her shop had been ransacked. Files and papers were strewn about the floor, drawers were left open, and the office safe had been tipped on its side and forced open. The owner called 911. She told police that the front and rear doors to the store had been locked but a small slat in the rear door had been removed. Officers determined the suspect both entered and exited through the slat in the door. Taken during the burglary was an undisclosed amount of cash.

Three Burglaries, 1100 block of Diamond, 4300 block of 25th, 9-13-08, 11:57 p.m. (reported): A man accidentally left his garage door open and went inside his house with his wife and son. Later that evening, close to midnight, the resident went out to his garage, saw the door open, and discovered that his yellow Schwinn bicycle, valued at $2,000, was missing. The resident called police and reported the incident. A short time later, police responded to another house burglary on the same block. In that theft, they determined the suspect crawled through an unlocked kitchen window and stole a $4,000 Dell laptop computer. Police also noted another residential burglary nearby on the 4300 block of 25th Street, reported earlier in the evening. Taken in that theft was a yellow Look racing mountain bike, valued at $1,000. Although there are no known suspects, police believe these crimes may be connected. Anyone with information regarding the burglaries is asked to call SFPD's Burglary Detail at 553-1351.

Hit and Run, Safeway Parking Lot, 2020 Market, 9-13-08, 10:50 p.m.: A woman who was walking southbound in the parking lot of Safeway was struck by a small red four-door sedan as it traveled at a slow speed westbound inside the parking lot. The force of the impact was great enough, however, to throw the woman on top of the sedan's hood. The woman rolled off the car and landed underneath the vehicle's bumper. The driver put the car in reverse and freed the woman from underneath the car. "Are you all right?" she asked as she rolled down her window. The victim, who was not seriously injured, got up to exchange information, but before she could speak, the woman driver sped out of the parking lot and was last seen traveling west on Market. A man, who had witnessed the accident, managed to get a partial plate number of the vehicle, and gave it to responding officers. The victim, 33, was transported to Davies Medical Center via ambulance and treated for pain to her left ankle.

Battery, Muni Bus, 24th and Castro, 9-16-08, 11:39 a.m.: While riding the 48-line, a man observed a teenager writing on the back of the seat ahead of him with a felt pen. The man told the teenager to stop and not to graffiti the bus. The teen, described as Hispanic, between 14 and 18 years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, stopped writing on the seat. When the man walked down the aisle of the bus to get off, however, the teen got up behind the man and hit him with his fist on the back of the man's head and neck. The suspect then fled off the bus in an unknown direction. The victim was not seriously injured during the attack.

Officer Jane Warner is a member of the San Francisco Patrol Special Police, which works in association with the San Francisco Police Department. You can reach her by e-mailing or calling 559-9955.

Report from Ingleside Station

Ingleside Police Captain Denis O'Leary offers the Voice a monthly crime log for Upper Noe Valley, an area roughly bordered by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. This month's log covers incidents reported to Ingleside Station from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15, 2008. If you would like to receive Capt. O'Leary's weekly e-mail newsletter, send an e-mail to You can also view updates and get information online at

Capt. O'Leary's Incident Report for Aug. 16 to Sept. 15, 2008

Theft from Building, first block of 30th, 8-20-08, 5:15 p.m.: Houseguest suspected.

Residential Burglary, 1600 block of Dolores, 8-23-08, 8 p.m.: Occurred between Aug. 22 and 23. Bicycles taken from home's garage. No forced entry found.

Auto Burglary, 500 block of 30th, 8-24-08, 9 a.m.: Occurred at about 1 a.m. Volleyball net taken.

Criminal Threats, first block of 29th, 8-27-08, 8:10 p.m.: A 44-year-old Western Addition man threatened to kill an acquaintance over money. Sergeant Kim arrived and the man resisted him. Sergeant Kim overpowered the perpetrator and arrested the man. He was booked into County Jail. Case #080911295.

Neighbor Dispute, 1600 block of Dolores, 8-27-08, 9:45 p.m.: Threats made.

Residential Burglary, 100 block of 30th, 8-29-08, 6:20 a.m.: Occurred between Aug. 28 and 29. Suspect entered car parked in garage and took cash, a Walkman, and CDs.

Theft, 1700 block of Church, 8-29-08, 6:45 p.m.: A woman's purse was taken from the back of her restaurant chair as she dined.

Auto Burglary, 200 block of 29th, 8-30-08, 6 a.m.: 2006 Toyota Scion stolen.

Auto Burglary, 1500 block of Sanchez, 9-3-08, 1 p.m.

Bike Theft, 500 block of Valley, 9-10-08, 9 a.m.: Bicycle taken from front porch of home.

Auto Found, 1600 block of Noe, 9-10-08, 11:30 a.m.: 1994 Honda Accord recovered.

Attempted Residential Burglary, 1300 block of Noe, 9-11-08, 5 p.m.: Occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Attempted forced entry at front door. No loss reported.

Auto Burglary, 1800 block of Church, 9-12-08, 9 p.m.: 1990 Toyota Camry stolen.

Warrant Service, 100 block of 29th, 9-14-08, 7:30 p.m.: Officer Ravano and Officer Uang went to a residence to serve an arrest warrant. They found their wanted man, a 50-year-old Upper Noe Valley resident, and booked the man at Mission Station on the felony warrant. Case #080977394.

Attempted Residential Burglary, 1300 block of Noe, 9-15-08, 10 a.m.: Occurred between Sept. 14 and 15. Attempted forced entry via front door. No loss reported.

Noe's Police Districts

Noe Valley falls under the wing of two San Francisco police districts: Mission and Ingleside. Mission police cover the northern half of the neighborhood, including 24th Street, and Ingleside police the southern half, starting at Cesar Chavez Street.

Both districts hold monthly meetings that are open to the public. Mission Police District's community meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month, at 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 off Balboa Park at San Jose Avenue.

For further information, go to You can also find crime data, sorted by zip code, at

Online Reporting

The SFPD has an online reporting system for the following crimes:

* Lost Property

* Theft

* Vandalism/Graffiti

* Vehicle Tampering

* Vehicle Burglary

* Harassing Phone Calls

Using this system allows you to submit a report and instantly print out a copy. Additional information is available at the SFPD's website:

To report a crime in progress, call 911.