Noe Valley Voice July-August 2010

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks 24th Street Beat Officer Lorraine Lombardo for providing this tally of incidents in the part of Noe Valley within the Mission Police District. The log includes some but not all incidents reported May 11 to June 12, 2010, in the area bordered by Grand View, 21st, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400.

May 11, 4 p.m., 3900 block of 24th, Violation of Stay-Away Order: Police responded to a call regarding a restraining order violation. A man in a wheelchair allegedly violated his court order to stay 50 yards away from a store on 24th Street. According to witnesses, he attempted to knock over a PEZ dispenser display but was stopped and wheeled out of the store. Once outside, he attempted to run down an easel that the store had on the sidewalk. He fled west on 24th Street.

May 14, 1 p.m., 20th & Castro, Warrant Arrest: A citizen called police regarding a homeless man sleeping in a driveway. Police found the man sprawled in the driveway along with a shopping cart filled with bottles. The man was awakened and asked for ID. A warrant check revealed that he had a $30,000 warrant for trespassing. He was taken into custody and booked.

May 14, 2 p.m., 24th & Douglass, Theft of Bird: A pet store employee reported to police that a green South American half-moon conure (a type of parrot) had been stolen from the store. The bird had a tag on its right claw marked "AFA-CA-DA-4."

May 15, 12 to 7 a.m., 4100 block of 25th, Burglary of Building: A resident told police that someone jimmied the front lobby door to his apartment building. Once inside, the suspect got into the garage and stole the resident's bicycle. It was a red $6,000 Orbea Orca racing bike, with additional Dura-Ace components valued at $700. The suspect left his own Trek Elance bicycle behind in the lobby.

May 25, 7:30 p.m., 1100 block of Sanchez, Mental Health Detention: Police were dispatched to meet with the Fire Department regarding the home of an elderly woman who had collapsed and lain on her floor for two days before being taken to the hospital. Medics told police the woman was the caretaker of her disabled daughter, who was still in the apartment and might not be able to care for herself. Police entered the cluttered apartment and found food left out to rot. The daughter told police she might be able to cook for herself if she could just remember to stay in the kitchen. The Fire Department personnel determined it was a serious fire safety risk. Police agreed and took the gravely disabled daughter to the hospital.

May 28, 5:30 a.m., 26th & Castro, Found Property: Eyeglasses in a brown case, brown leather purse, black leather wallet containing credit cards, coins, and keys.

May 28, 6:30 p.m., 26th & Noe, Burglary: Victim left her vehicle parked overnight on the street. When she returned the next day, she found the rear passenger-side wing window broken. Items stolen included the stereo from the dash, the vehicle title, and three dozen YMCA camp T-shirts.

May 28, 10 p.m., 300 block of Chattanooga, Malicious Mischief, and Vandalism: Victim told police that he parked his truck overnight on the street and when he came back found it was keyed. The word "BITCH" was etched across the hood of the pickup, and there was a continuous scratch going all around the vehicle. Victim said his current girlfriend had gone through a bad breakup and he believed her former boyfriend was the person who keyed his truck. A friend allegedly saw the ex-boyfriend in the area where the pickup was parked during the time of the vandalism. The girlfriend also had her vehicle keyed the same night. Her vehicle was parked less than a block away from the victim's truck.

May 29, 2 to 10 a.m., 1600 block of Castro, Theft from Building: Victim reported to police that he took a man home with him for the night. He had just met him at a party. When the victim woke up, the man was gone and so was his black $1,500 laptop computer (Fujitsu LifeBook), cell phone, and debit card.

June 2, 8:15 a.m., 24th & Church, Pickpocket: Victim reported to Mission Station that she boarded the J-Church Muni line at 24th and Church streets. When she got off at 16th Street she realized that her wallet had been stolen from inside her purse.

June 4, 10:49 a.m., Clipper & Sanchez, Battery/Vandalism: Victim told police she was driving her 2010 vehicle and stopped at the intersection of Clipper and Sanchez streets. A man walking 10 dogs stopped in the middle of the crosswalk in front of her vehicle and began yelling at her. She said the man slammed his right fist downward onto the hood of her vehicle, causing a dent. He yelled, "Learn how to drive, you f---ing bitch!" Victim exited her vehicle to go ask him for his name. She said he then responded by shoving his right shoulder into her left shoulder and then stepped on her left foot with his right foot and walked away. Police later found the suspect. He admitted to "touching" her vehicle, but said it was because he thought she was going to hit him and the dogs. He denied stomping her foot. She did not press charges, and he was advised.

June 12, 9:30 a.m., 18th & Castro: Theft of Electric Wheelchair: Officer Lombardo responded to a call that someone had stolen an 87-year-old man's new power wheelchair. The man, who is partially blind, reported that he had parked his power chair on the sidewalk near Walgreen's (off 18th) and gone in to get a prescription. When he returned, he put the prescription in the rear pouch of the power chair, then left to do another errand. When he returned, his power chair was gone. The chair, which the man had had only two weeks, was a Jazzy 614 series red and gray chair with two motors, a light gray seat, and a backrest with a headrest; serial #J9813010485020. It was an expensive chair, the man said, and he had waited a long time to get it approved by the V.A. hospital. If you find this chair, please secure it and call police.

June 12, 1:52 p.m., 3500 block of 21st, Shooting: Officers Ropelato, Hicklin, and Lombardo rushed to the call of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found a man bleeding from the hand, who said he had accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. The man's gun was secured, and paramedics rushed him to the hospital. Police investigation determined the incident was an accident.

--Officer Lorraine Lombardo
Mission Police Station


The following police blotter covers incidents reported May 11 to June 10, in Upper Noe Valley--the area roughly bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Capt. Louis Cassanego of Ingleside Police Station. The log may not include all crimes reported during the period.

May 12, 11:40 a.m., Dolores and San Jose Ave., Unlicensed Driver

May 12, 5:56 p.m., 200 block of 30th, Trespassing: Officer Sullivan responded to the report of a trespasser. The reportee said that he was following a suspect who had entered his garage without permission. The victim entered his garage from the interior door of his house. He then noticed that there was a man inside his garage. When eye contact was made, the suspect ran from the garage with the reportee following and calling the police. He followed the suspect until he found an officer and then identified the suspect. The suspect was charged with trespassing.

May 18, 10:16 a.m., 200 block of Valley, Aggravated Assault with Knife: Officers Ng and Dilag responded to a call about a person with a knife. The officers spoke with the victim and were told that a roommate approached the victim with a switchblade during an argument. The attack was stopped by the victim's brother, who also resides in the apartment. The knife was not found at the scene, but was later recovered from an adjacent schoolyard, where children had been playing. The suspect denied throwing the knife into the schoolyard. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked.

May 19, 10:59 p.m., 100 block of 28th, Stolen Truck

May 23, 10:43 a.m., 300 block of 30th, Burglary: Officer Coles responded to the report of a burglary. The victim said that he went to his storage area inside the building he lives in to find that the hinges of the door had been removed and several items were missing.

May 23, 10:43 a.m., 400 block of 29th, Attempted Burglary: Officer Coles responded to the report of an attempted burglary. The reportee said that he left his apartment building and found that the lock on the front entrance had been damaged with pry marks. It did not appear that the suspect gained entry into the building.

May 23, 4:23 p.m., 400 block of 29th, Theft from Building: Officer Paras and Officer Archilla were dispatched to the report of a theft. The victim said that he and his wife were holding an open house at their residence. When the event was over, they noticed several items of jewelry missing from inside their bedroom.

May 26, 9 p.m., 30th at Whitney, Stolen Auto

June 2, 6:30 a.m., 600 block of Duncan, Theft from Locked Vehicle: Officer Coles was flagged down by an auto boost victim while on patrol. The man stated that someone had taken the right rear window of his vehicle and stolen his cellular telephone and stereo faceplate.

June 2, 6:51 a.m., San Jose at 30th, Suspended Driver

June 2, 10:30 a.m., 800 block of San Jose Ave, Suspended Driver

June 5, 7 p.m., 400 block of 30th, Threats/Harassing Phone Calls: Two men, who are ex-roommates, had a dispute regarding an iPad. Officers Paras and Yuen responded as one of the men threatened to harm the other during a telephone conversation. The threatened party made a report as he feared for his safety.

June 7, 12:48 a.m., 200 block of 30th, Warrant/Traffic Violation: Officers Baldovino and Otaguro observed a bicyclist riding without proper reflective materials or lighting on the bicycle. The officers stopped the adult male rider and found that he had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was booked at Ingleside Station.

June 10, 8:34 p.m., Church & Day, Suspended Driver

Police Beat was compiled and edited by Jan Goben and Sally Smith.

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.