Noe Valley Voice September 2010



The Noe Valley Voice thanks 24th Street Beat Officer Lorraine Lombardo for providing this tally of incidents reported in the southern half of Noe Valley covered by the Mission Police District. The log includes some but not all incidents occurring July 11 to Aug. 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.

July 16, 9 a.m., 600 block of Clipper, Auto Burglary: A woman called 311 to report that her husband’s parked vehicle had been broken into. She said the suspect broke the front passenger-side window and took the GPS, accessories, and a custom-made 18-karat gold Jacob Cohen wedding ring valued at $1,395.

July 15, noon, 3800 block of 24th, Animal Cruelty: Officer Lombardo responded to a dog dispute. A 24th Street shopkeeper reported that a man was walking on the sidewalk outside her shop, accom­panied by a black, long-haired St. Bernard weighing about 100 pounds, when the shop­keeper’s dog, a 12-pound chihua­hua-poodle, which was unleashed, went outside to the bigger dog and started barking. The man then kicked the chihuahua in the stomach and leg. The shopkeeper told the man, “Don’t kick my dog!” The man threatened to call police. The shopkeeper scolded him, “Go ahead—you don’t kick a small dog, you’re acting like an asshole!” The man left and returned 15 minutes later without his dog but with a video camera. He entered the shop and charged at the shopkeeper with his camera, filming her and claiming that her dog had bitten his dog, drawing blood. He said he was taking his dog to the vet and the shopkeeper would have to foot the bill. “I work for a lawyer and I’m going to get you!” he said. She ran behind the counter to protect her dog and herself, and repeatedly told him to get out of her shop or she would call police. He left and she ran to the bar next door. A police report was made and sent to Animal Care and Control for further investigation.

July 19, 11:21 p.m., 400 block of Eliz­abeth, Robbery with Gun: Officer Lewis responded to a robbery call. The victim said he was walking on Elizabeth Street when he was approached by a man pointing a small black gun and demanding, “Gimme all your money.” The victim yelled for help and ran. A neighbor heard the yell, looked out a window, and saw two suspects get into a parked four-door silver vehicle, pos­sibly an Acura, and drive away. The first suspect was described as an African American man in his late 20s, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing a long black short-sleeved shirt and dark pants. The second suspect, also African American, was 5*7( with a goatee and wearing a white “baseball” shirt and dark pants.

July 23, 7 p.m., 200 block of Jersey, Burglary: Officer Lombardo responded to a call of a residential burglary. A 2002 $2,300 Specialized Stumpjumper (FSRxc Pro) bicycle, yellow with red accents, was stolen after a rear-garden garage door was left unlocked.

July 25, 6:45 a.m., 1300 block of Castro, Robbery with Gun: Officer Glynn responded to a call of a robbery on Castro Street. The victim said that the suspect approached him from behind, spun him around, pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at his ribs, grabbed his cell phone out of his hand, and demanded his wallet. Not having a wallet, the victim gave him a camera from his pocket. The suspect told the victim to “walk away and not to look back.” He never looked back and ran into a bar and called police. The suspect was described as a black male, 5*7(, 190 pounds, between 33 and 37 years old, wearing a black hoodie with a multi-colored design and dark pants.
There was another robbery 13 minutes after the one on Castro, at 21st and Valencia, with a similar weapon and suspect description, except the suspect had no hoodie on and showed his shaved head. The distracted victim was walking and talking on his phone. The suspect shoved the gun against his chest and said, “Don’t say anything or I will shoot you.” The suspect took the victim’s iPhone, wallet, cash, credit cards, I.D., and told him to run.

Aug. 10, 8 a.m., 4200 block of 21st, Burglary: Officer Cruz and Lattig responded to a burglary call. The victim told police he discovered his bicycle stolen from the entry hall of his apartment. The damaged front door had been pried open. The bicycle, valued at $700, is described as a black hybrid with flat bards and a dent in the top tube.

Aug. 10, 8 p.m., 4500 block of 25th, Burglary/Hot Prowl: Officer Buckner responded to the call of a hot prowl burglary. Victims told him that an unknown suspect broke into their front door leading to a common apartment area, entered the garage, and stole four mountain bikes. The victims were home in their units at the time. The bikes were described as a chrome Marin Eldridge Grade mountain bike valued at $800; a red Trek mountain bike valued at $800; an orange Diamondback mountain bike valued at $500; and a black, women’s mountain bike valued at $200.


The following police blotter covers incidents reported July 11 to Aug. 10, in Upper Noe Valley—the area roughly bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. 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.

July 15, first block of 28th, Stolen Motorcycle

July 16, 5200 block of Diamond Heights Blvd., Bank Robbery: Officers Chew and Schaefer responded to a bank robbery call with numerous other Ingleside units. The officers obtained a detailed suspect description and broadcast the information to other units in the area. The officers spoke with the victim teller and were told that a woman approached the teller window and pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspect demanded the money, and the teller complied. The suspect then took the money and walked out of the bank. Suspect description: Hispanic female, 30 to 40 years old, tan complexion, curly brown shoulder-length hair with highlights, wearing black sunglasses, black purse, denim dress, and silver flat sandals.

July 22, 7:07 p.m., 400 block of Valley, Battery: Officer Apodaca and Officer Gabriel were dispatched to the report of a battery. The victim said that he went outside to the front of his residence when he heard people arguing outside. When he tried to find out what was going on, one of the arguing parties told the victim to mind his own business. As the parties separated from the argument, the suspect hit the victim once in the chest. The suspect was issued a citation for battery.

July 22, 2:03 p.m., 1400 block of Diamond, Burglary: Officer Hopkins was dispatched to a reported burglary. The victim had gone on vacation with his family and returned to find that he had messages on his answering machine about fraudulent charges made on his credit cards. The victim looked around and noticed that some credit cards, left behind while he was away, were now missing, along with a garage door opener.

July 22, 5:04 p.m., 200 block of 30th, Vandalism: Officer Sullivan responded to a report of vandalism. The reportee said that the suspect came into the senior center where she worked and knocked over some signs, damaging them. The victim said she had had prior dealings with the suspect.

July 24, 1500 block of Guerrero, Attempted Theft from Locked Vehicle: Officers Yuen and Paras responded to an auto boost call and met with the victim and a witness. The witness heard glass breaking and looked out of his window and saw an African American male, 40 to 45 years old, 5810(, 170 pounds, with black hair, wearing black sunglasses, blue shirt, blue vest, and carrying a tan messenger-style bag, rummaging through his neighbor’s vehicle. The witness yelled at the suspect, who shrugged his shoulders and casually walked away.

July 27, 3:59 p.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Burglary: Officer Henry-Garcia and Officer Pereira responded to the report of a burglary. The victim said that someone had entered her garage and stolen two bicycles. She said that she had closed the garage door the last time she left it, although the door has a delay when closing that would allow someone to sneak in.

Aug. 1, 6:40 a.m., Church at 30th, Robbery with Gun: A robbery victim reported the crime hours after the incident to Officers Morrow and Naval. The victim stated that he was waiting for the bus at the corner when he was suddenly approached by an African American male, 25 to 30 years old, 5*11(, 170 pounds, wearing a yellow shirt, black pants, and black shoes. The man had been standing at the corner with the victim, and the victim believed he was also waiting for the bus. The victim was startled when the suspect suddenly pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at him and demanded his property. The suspect knocked the victim’s cell phone from his hand and bent to pick it up. As the suspect bent over, the victim ran from the area toward Mission Street. The victim looked back and saw the suspect waving his phone in the air in a taunting manner. The victim did not call for the police until he reached his workplace.

Aug. 2, 8:15 a.m., Church at Randall, Theft from Locked Vehicle: A woman reported that her parked, locked, and unattended vehicle was entered in an unknown manner and her car stereo, CDs, and some clothing were stolen.

Aug. 9, 8:15 a.m., 1600 block of Diamond, Battery: Officer Giannini responded with several other officers to a battery call. The officers located the victim, who told them that he was the foreman of a new home construction project. A neighbor had approached the victim and yelled at the victim regarding the noise created by a truck that had hauled away a container earlier in the morning. The neighbor was irate and spit at the victim and then punched the victim in the face. The victim called for the police. The officers located the suspect, and the victim positively identified him. The victim wanted to press charges, and therefore the suspect was cited and provided a court date. The victim was treated and released at the scene for his injuries.

The Ingleside Report was 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.