Noe Valley Voice April 2013

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station during February 2013. Her tally includes most but not all incidents occurring in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400. To receive the Mission Police District newsletter, write


Incidents Reported Mission Station

Feb. 1, 3 p.m., 22nd and Guerrero, Theft from Unlocked Vehicle: A woman reported her black “Jessica Simpson” purse stolen from the front passenger seat after she left her vehicle with the rear doors unlocked. In the purse were three Brazilian passports, keys, checks, a $1,800 white gold diamond ring, and $2,500 in cash. #130092282

Feb. 3, 11:25 a.m., 24th and Vicksburg, Theft, Pickpocket: A woman reported a young man bumped into her while she was crossing the street. After feeling a tug on her sweater pocket, she discovered her wallet had been taken. When she turned around to look, she saw the man running fast down 24th Street towards Church. After canceling her credit cards, the bank informed her of two possibly fraudulent charges on her ATM card. The suspect was described as a light-skinned African American male with Asian eyes, between 19 and 23 years old, 5’10”, 150 pounds, with short brown hair with a single curl on his forehead, and a pierced right ear. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and baggy dark pants with light shoes. #130105443

Feb. 4, 1:10 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Fire Report: A bar owner left his business, came back, and found it on fire. SFFD Engine 11, Truck 11, and Battalion 3 knocked down the fire. There were no injuries. It was later determined that the cause of the fire was electrical. #130099959

Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., 700 block of Douglass, Burglary: A business owner found that the front doors to his cleaners had been forcibly pried open. Approximately $1,000 in cash was taken from an unlocked drawer. An alarm system has since been installed. #130105487

Feb. 8, 5:44 p.m., 1000 block of Douglass, Arson: SFFD Station 11 responded and discovered an arson fire on the exterior green door of the men’s restroom inside Douglass Park. #130113292

Feb. 8, 10 p.m., 4000 block of Cesar Chavez, Burglary of a Garage: A resident reported a bicycle stolen from his locked detached garage. The bike was described as a silver 2004 “Jamis Coda men’s hybrid bicycle valued at $599. It has a 19.5-inch frame, the word ‘JAMIS’ in italic lettering on the crossbar, and a black frame for panniers.” #130115828

Feb. 12, 10:10 p.m., 4100 block of 23rd, Alcohol and Marijuana Offenses: A resident called police after witnessing three males arguing loudly while trying to put another male in the rear seat of a parked black BMW. Police found an unconscious man lying on the street next to the truck who smelled of alcohol. Medics took the man to S.F. General Hospital. Two of the other three men were belligerent, unsteady, and unable to walk or answer basic questions. They were arrested for being drunk in public. The owner of the BMW told police the three men were his friends and he had had a little more than two drinks but was “not too drunk to drive.” Police determined he was in no condition to drive. There was a strong smell coming from a black bag in the vehicle where suspected marijuana cigarettes were found. The driver was cited for the marijuana and his BMW was towed for being partially in the street, causing a hazard for oncoming traffic. #130125714

Feb. 15, 10:30 p.m., 3800 block of 24th, Theft, False Personation to Receive Money or Property: A customer at a local bar reported her purple and orange nylon purse stolen from under a table after she hung it on a hook. It contained cash, her Clipper card, credit/debit cards, checkbook, and keys. A half hour before, she had seen a female wandering around inside the bar who seemed out of place, left quickly, and got into a U-Haul truck waiting outside. The suspect was described as a white female, 5’7”, 150 pounds, red hair, wearing a black fur coat and dark pants. The suspect had a sun tattoo on her left hand. The victim cancelled her credit cards and was informed of unauthorized charges made to her accounts. #130135111

Feb. 15, 10:05 a.m., 24th and Guerrero, Robbery: A victim reported to police that she had been sitting outside a café reading on her iPad when a man reached from behind her and grabbed her $799 iPad from her lap. The suspect ran to a dark blue Chevrolet Suburban that was double-parked and jumped into the passenger seat; the vehicle sped away. The suspect was described as a black male, 6’, 170 pounds, 20 to 25 years old, wearing a white baseball cap and brown jacket. The suspect vehicle matches the description from two Feb. 13 robberies in which an iPhone and a Samsung cell phone were taken. #130132941

Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., 300 block of Grand View, Burglary of Apartment, Forcible Entry: A resident reported coming home to find his front door damaged and his apartment ransacked. Stolen items included a white Rolex Oyster Perpetual men’s watch with a white gold band, cobalt blue face, and diamonds around the dial, valued at $11,000; an Apple Quad core, 27-inch screen model, desktop computer, valued at $2,700; and an “Apple 13” silver laptop valued at $1,200. A second resident found a staged snapshot photo of both victims centered on his mattress and a box of blank checks open and strewn about the bed. CSI was contacted to process the crime scene. #130146118

Feb. 20, 9:07 a.m., 200 block of Vicksburg, Burglary of a Flat, Attempted Forcible Entry: While police were responding to a call of a man acting suspiciously and looking into several vehicles on the block, a neighbor called 911 to report seeing a man going through a front gate and then a back fence. A victim also called 911 to report seeing the suspect attempt to open her locked bedroom door and run out of her apartment. After she was outside and talking with neighbors, she saw the suspect walk out of her back yard and pretend to look through a recycling bin. The victim asked him, “Why did you try to enter my house?” One of the neighbors took several photos of the man before he fled. He was later caught by police in the 3900 block of 23rd Street and positively identified by witnesses. The suspect was placed under arrest. While searching for weapons, police found keys to an Audi in the suspect’s pockets, which he claimed were not his. Later, the police inspector assigned to the case found the Audi that fit the keys parked near the Vicksburg burglary. She sent police to check on the home that the Audi was registered to and they found the home (located in a different part of the city) had been burglarized. The stolen Audi was towed and processed for fingerprints. The Audi owner was out of the country and had friends taking care of her home. #130147439

Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m., 24th and Guerrero, Street Robbery with a Gun: A 16-year-old girl was held up at gunpoint and robbed of her iPhone as she was walking down the street with it in her hand. She was approached by two men, one of whom stood behind her, the other in front. The man in front pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the girl’s stomach, and said, “Give me your wallet and phone, bitch!” She gave him her phone and both men fled. The suspects were described as black males, 20 to 23 years old, 5’7”, 160 pounds. One had dreadlocks and a goatee, and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The other had an Afro and was wearing a gray, turquoise, and black hoody and blue jeans. #130169916

Feb. 28, 9:25 p.m., 21st and Church, Street Robbery with a Gun: A woman was walking down the street when two suspects approached her from the front. One of them pointed a large black gun with a long barrel (possibly a shotgun) at her and said, “Drop it, bitch!” The woman dropped her large brown leather purse on the ground in front of her, and the suspect grabbed it and they fled. The suspects were described as black males 15 to 18 years old, 5’8”, 150 pounds, thin builds, both wearing black hoodies and black jeans. #130173694

Note: Seven vehicles were stolen in Noe Valley (north of Cesar Chavez Street) during the month of February. All were recovered.



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Feb. 1-28, 2013, 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 log may not include all events reported during the month. To contact Ingleside Station or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email ­


Incidents Reported Ingleside Station

Feb. 2, 8:43 a.m., 26th at Sanchez, Recovered Auto

Feb. 2, 11 p.m., 1500 block of Sanchez, Burglary

Feb. 6, 3:17 a.m., Guerrero at Duncan, Warrant/Drug: Officer O’Malley and Sgt. Edwards were en route to Ingleside Station when they noticed a truck driving erratically on a side street near St.Luke’s Hospital. The officers went around the block and pulled up behind the now abandoned truck, which had a pit bull dog inside. The two officers waited until the suspect returned, climbed in the truck, and started driving away before effecting a traffic stop. The driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was operating the truck with a suspended license. He also possessed a quantity of methamphetamine, a glass tube for smoking the drug, and was on probation with a warrantless search condition. He was arrested and taken to Ingleside Station and booked on several charges. #130105067

Feb. 8, 10:40 a.m., 27th and Dolores, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 11, 7:05 p.m., Church at 27th, Robbery: Officers Seavey and Gabriel responded to the 200 block of 27th Street regarding a call of a robbery. Upon arrival, the officers met with the victim, who told the officers that she was robbed while she was walking near the intersection of 26th and Church streets. The victim said she was looking down at her iPhone when a male suspect walked in front of her and grabbed her phone out of her hands. The suspect then pushed the victim and ran west onto 26th Street. The victim was unable to follow the suspect. The victim was not injured during the robbery and said she might be able to identify the suspect if she saw him again. Officers Gabriel and Seavey searched the area for the suspect to no avail. #130122447

Feb. 13, 1:44 a.m., 500 block of San Jose Ave., Trespassing/Burglary Tools: Officers Padilla and Ho were on patrol during the early morning hours when they were dispatched to the 500 block of San Jose Avenue to check on an audible burglar alarm. When they arrived, other Ingleside officers were talking to a suspect who had been found hiding underneath the outside staircase of a home. Near the hiding place, the officers also discovered a large pry bar. When questioned, the suspect, who is homeless, admitted using the pry bar to open a window and breaking into the home so he could sleep. The home’s burglar alarm system was activated when the window was opened, prompting the suspect to jump outside and hide under the staircase. He was taken to Ingleside Station and booked on several charges. #130126013

Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 1500 block of Diamond, Traffic Collision

Feb. 13, 9:09 p.m., 200 block of Day, Theft

Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m., 300 block of 27th, Burglary

Feb. 14, 11:21 p.m., 300 block of 27th, Robbery: Officers McMilton and Peregrina, along with several additional Ingleside officers, were sent to the 300 block of 27th Street after several citizens called police about a robbery. Upon arrival, the officers found two victims, bleeding from several wounds, at a home that was ransacked. One of the victims told the officer that he was awoken by two unknown suspects beating him. He tried fighting back, but the suspects continued the assault before tying him up. The other resident arrived home during the robbery and was also assaulted by the suspects. Both victims claimed the suspects attacked them with a hatchet before stealing several items, including a large amount of jewelry. The victims were taken by ambulance to S.F. General Hospital with severe injuries. Several officers canvassed the surrounding area, interviewing neighbors about the crime. Other officers searched the area for suspects without success. #130132060

Feb. 15, 11 a.m., 100 block of 29th: Threats

Feb. 18, 11:23 p.m., 1600 block of Church, Robbery: Officers Brown and Ferronato were dispatched to the intersection of Church and Valley streets in regards to a robbery. Upon arrival, the officers met with the victim, who said she was robbed when she was sitting on the bench listening to her iPod. The victim noticed the suspect walking towards her. The suspect then pushed her off the bench and grabbed the victim’s iPod out of her hands. The victim saw the suspect running southbound on Dolores Street. The victim told the officers that she was not injured and declined any medical assistance. The officers searched the area for any cameras and for the suspect, to no avail. #130143891.

Feb. 20, 11 a.m., 300 block of 27th, Stolen Motorcycle

Feb. 21, 5 p.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Theft of Bicycle

Feb. 24, 6 p.m., 600 block of San Jose Ave., Hit and Run

Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., 1800 block of Castro, Stolen Vehicle

Police Beat is edited by Jan Goben and Sally Smith.


Police Borders

Noe Valley falls under the jurisdiction of two police districts—Mission and Ingleside. The Mission Police District covers the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside covers the area south of Cesar Chavez Street. Both districts publish digital newsletters and hold monthly community meetings. Mission Police District holds its meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia St. Ingleside’s community meetings are 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: 392-2623

Newsletter: sfpd.mission.station
Capt. Robert Moser: 558-5400


Ingleside Station: 404-4000
Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444


Capt. Tim Falvey: 404-4000


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