Noe Valley Voice March 2013

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station during January 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


Jan. 5, 4:38 a.m., 3900 block of 24th, Burglary, Store, and Forcible Entry:Officers responded to a late-night alarm at a store on 24th Street and found the front door pane shattered and a rock lying on the floor inside the shop. Cash was taken from a drawer and three necklaces from a glass counter. Surveillance cameras showed the object thrown through the door, the door opening, and a male suspect jumping in and walking to the counter. There he removed cash deposit bags, opened a counter display, took the jewelry, and exited the store. The suspect is described as an African American male wearing a gray camouflage jacket, black knit cap, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes with white soles. #130012252

Jan. 5, 5 a.m., 3800 block of 24th, Burglary, Store, and Forcible Entry: A business owner found her front door glass smashed with a rock. Cash and a laptop computer were taken from the store. #130012218

Jan. 6, 2:40 a.m., 3500 block of 23rd, Assault with Force: Officers responded to a call about a woman screaming for help. The woman told police that while she was walking home, a man “zeroed” in on her and lunged at her, sticking his thumb in her eye, grabbing her shoulder, and forcing her to the sidewalk. He then “straddled” her and tried to slam her head into the concrete. She fought to free herself, kicked him, and screamed for help. A neighbor heard her, looked out his window, and seeing the struggle yelled, “Hey, get off of her!” The suspect looked up and then fled. The suspect is described as a light-skinned Asian or Hispanic male, 5’8”, skinny build, with a buzz cut, three-day-old beard, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. #130014543

Jan. 7, 2 p.m., 1100 block of Sanchez, Theft from a Store: A merchant reported to police that a man in a wheelchair entered her shop, took two picture frames with $15 price tags, placed them under the writing board on his lap, and fled the area without paying. Later that day, a resident asked the merchant how her day was going and she replied, “Not too well. I just got robbed by a mute paraplegic in a motorized wheelchair who stole two picture frames.” After hearing the story, the resident said, “I think I bought your property from him!” The resident told the merchant that the suspect was in line behind her at a coffee shop on Church Street. He wrote her a note on his board asking her to buy him a coke, so she did. After she sat down with her coffee, the man joined her and pulled two picture frames with $15 price tags out of his bag and asked her to buy them, saying he made them in his shop. She complained about the price, so he sold them to her at two for the price of one. After hearing about the scam, the resident gave the merchant her frames at no charge. #130018391

Jan. 15, 12:08 a.m., 4400 23rd, Warrant Arrest: While patrolling the area, police noticed a man on a bicycle looking into the back of a PT Cruiser with a flashlight. Due to a recent rash of auto boosts, police grew suspicious that the man was about to break into the car. They stopped and asked him if it was his car and what he was doing. The man replied, “I thought I heard a cat screaming for help.” Police heard no noise and asked for his ID. The man said he didn’t have it. A computer check revealed the man had two outstanding warrants. He was placed under arrest and booked into Mission Station. #130039579

Jan. 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 4400 block of 23rd, Residential Burglary, Forcible Entry: A resident found her home had been burglarized after a window was left open half an inch. Stolen was an HP desktop computer with a Haier monitor and an external DVD drive, valued at $1,000. Diamond and gold earrings worth $2,500 were stolen from a bedroom jewelry box. A sapphire cocktail ring valued at $1,500 with a 24-karat gold band was also taken. #130058905

Jan. 25, 2 to 6:30 a.m., 700 block of Diamond, Malicious Mischief, and Vandalism: A worker called the owner of a caf… to tell him that he could not get the key into the front door lock to open the business. The owner responded, removed the lock, and took it to a locksmith, who told him the lock had been filled with glue. The owner told police this had happened three or four times in the past. He also said that someone had attempted to lift his front window out of the frame but was not successful due to additional locks installed on the inside base of the window. #130085102

Jan. 26, 1 p.m., 200 block of Jersey, Municipal Police Code Violation: While on patrol on his bicycle, a police officer encountered a man underneath the stairs leading to a second-floor residence. He approached the man and saw him taking bottles out of a recycling bin. The officer admonished the man about stealing recyclables. The man responded, “You are a woman that is now a cop. Go back to Europe.” The uncooperative man refused to provide identification and walked away. He also continued his verbal tirade at officers responding to assist and would not provide his name. He was cited and released at Mission Station. #130073351

Jan. 26, 10:45 p.m., 24th and Guerrero, Street Robbery with a Weapon: Police responded to a call of a robbery and found a woman holding a cloth on the back of her bleeding head. She said she was walking down the sidewalk when she was suddenly hit from behind in the back of the head. She fell to the ground while the suspect hit her repeatedly in the head with a metal pipe. She began screaming and the suspect told her, “Stop, someone’s going to hear.... Give me your phone.” He grabbed her Android cell phone from her right hand and fled. The suspect is described as an Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5’4” to 5’8”, with a thin build and a slight mustache. He was wearing a black beanie hat with a Raiders logo and a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. Paramedics took the victim to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was treated for the large laceration on her head and a puncture wound behind her ear. #130074666

Note: Nine vehicles were stolen in Noe Valley (north of Cesar Chavez Street) during the month of January. All but one were recovered.



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Jan. 1-31, 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 log may not include all events reported during the period. To contact Ingleside Station or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email ­


Jan. 3, 9 a.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Burglary

Jan. 3, 12:30 p.m., 1700 block of Dolores, Burglary

Jan. 5, 11:53 p.m., Dolores St. at 30th, Traffic Collision

Jan. 10, 10 p.m., 1600 block of Church, Burglary

Jan. 10, 10 p.m., 1600 block of Church, Stolen Vehicle

Jan. 10, 11:53 p.m., 29th and Diamond, Warrant

Jan. 11, 9 a.m., 400 block of Day, Recovered Vehicle

Jan. 11, 12:16 p.m., 100 block of Valley, Recovered Vehicle

Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 300 block of 27th, Stolen Vehicle

Jan. 13, 7 p.m., 1700 block of Church, Burglary    

Jan 22, 9:20 a.m., 500 block of Valley, Recovered Vehicle     

Jan. 23,  10:15 a.m., 28th at Castro, Recovered Auto

Jan. 23, 3 p.m.,  29th at San Jose Ave., Traffic Collision

Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m., 800 block of San Jose Ave., Stolen Vehicle

Jan. 25, 5:02 p.m., first block of 28th, Restraining Order Violation

Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., 400 block of 30th, Theft from Building

Jan. 26, 6:20 p.m., 29th at Noe, Robbery: Officer Lockett was on patrol when he was dispatched to investigate a robbery. When the officer arrived, he interviewed the victim, who told him that she was sitting at the bus stop alone at 29th and Noe streets when she was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects held a handgun and pointed at the victim. The victim was in fear for her life. The suspects demanded she give them everything she had or else they would harm her. The victim gave her purse to the suspects and she was told by the suspects to walk away southbound on Noe Street. The suspects then fled on foot eastbound on 29th. Officers searched the area and detained a suspect with a similar description. He turned out not to be one of the suspects and was later released. Officers checked the area for video surveillance with negative results. #130074086

Jan. 29, 5:26 p.m., 1600 block of Guerrero, Recovered Vehicle

Jan. 31, 12:08 p.m., 500 block of 28th, Recovered Vehicle


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


To report a crime in progress, call 911. Cell phone users can call Police Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090. To file a police report, go to any local station or file online at