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OMI Crime Recap: Funeral-Fueled Road Rage, Indecent Exposure, More

Here’s a recap of recent criminal activity in the Ocean View, Merced Heights and Ingleside neighborhoods — known collectively as the OMI — between Nov. 16 and Nov. 30. Unless otherwise noted, all incidents were reported in the police department’s daily blotter.

Funeral-Fueled Road Rage

After waiting for a passing funeral procession at Brotherhood Way and Arch Street, a man honked at the car in front of him when it failed to move during a green light. The drivers began to yell at each other, and the driver in the second car approached the first car on foot. When he reached the car’s window, the driver slashed him with a knife and drove away. The victim took himself to the hospital and called the police at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27.

Man Cited for Indecent Exposure

Taraval Station police officers cited a man who exposed himself to a woman and her daughter near Head Street and Ashton Avenue at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25. After some searching based on the victim’s description, the officers located and cited the suspect.

Man Arrested After Rooting Through Garbage Can

Taraval Station police officers approached a man throwing garbage from a can onto the ground at 2000 Ocean Ave. around 2:27 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27. Officers arrested the man after a check of the database revealed that he was on parole for a no bail warrant.

Drinking at the Park Turns Violent

A day-drinking experience turned violent for a pair of friends at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center at 12:54 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. A man called the police after his drunk friend assaulted him with crutches. The suspect punched the victim while he was on the ground before leaving the park. The suspect had a history of violence while drunk or on drugs, according to the victim.

Man Arrested After Threatening Store Employee With Pocket Knife

A man was arrested for threatening a store employee with a pocket knife at the shopping center between Lakewood Drive and Manor Drive on Friday, Nov. 17 at 12:40 p.m. The victim called the police. Officers recognized the man, who was known for harassing neighborhood store owners, and arrested him.

Ingleside Bank Robbery

In a nervous heist, a man entered a bank at 2600 Ocean Ave. at 12:24 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, and requested paperwork to open a bank account. When an employee asked if he needed help, the suspect passed the employee a note informing them that they had a gun and intended to rob the bank. The employee compiled and robber fled the bank immediately.

Screwdriver-wielding Man Threatens Employee

Officers responding to a report of a stabbing, were warned that a knife-wielding suspect was in a conflict with employees at 1100 Ocean Ave., a housing development, at 11:52 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. A victim reported that she had been escorting the suspect into the exercise room when he began to try to steal a screwdriver. In a tussle over the screwdriver, the suspect scratched the victim’s face. Officers separated the victims and suspect into different rooms and eventually took the suspect’s weapon. The suspect was arrested.

Driver, Passenger Arrested

Officers arrested two occupants of a car that matched the description of a vehicle involved in previous crimes on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:21 p.m. near 100 Lee Ave. A check of a police database revealed that the driver had been cited for driving with a suspended license six times before and had a warrant for her arrest in San Mateo County. A passenger in the vehicle admitted to having marijuana and pills in his possession. The passenger had previously been arrested for the possession of an illegal firearm. A loaded gun was discovered on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Both occupants were arrested.

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