Here’s a recap of recent criminal activity in the Excelsior and Outer Mission neighborhoods between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. Unless otherwise noted, all incidents were reported in the Ingleside Police Station’s daily blotter.
Excelsior Pedestrian Assaults Driver
A pedestrian yelled “Slow down!” at a driver who stopped his car in preparation to turn right from Geneva Avenue onto Vienna Street on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 8:05 p.m. Once the pedestrian had crossed the street safely, the driver heard a loud bang from the back of his car. Upon exiting the car, the driver noticed damage to his car’s rear fender and saw the pedestrian standing nearby brandishing a large stick. The pedestrian attempted to hit the driver with the stick several times and then fled into Crocker-Amazon Park. Five Ingleside Station officers arrested the man in the park.
Kenny Alley Robbery
A 20-year-old man was assaulted and robbed by two unidentified suspects of the same age on the Kenny Alley staircase around 8:06 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. The suspects approached the man as he walked down the staircase toward Mission Street. The suspects punched the victim in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground. One suspect held a gun to the victim’s head, while the other riffled through his pockets. The suspects ran north on Mission Street with the victim’s cell phone, several hundred dollars of cash and the victim’s identification card.
Late Night Shopping
Ingleside Police Station officers responded to a complaint of theft at the Excelsior Safeway at 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. The night manager informed the officers that two suspects, who had been caught stealing before, were caught once more. A woman and man approached the check-out counter to pay for some groceries, carrying a cloth bag full of other store items which they had not paid for. When asked to buy the items in the cloth bag, the suspects refused. During a struggle with the store’s security guard, the contents of the bag and the woman’s purse fell to the floor. The suspects fled the store on foot. Police will use the woman’s identification cards from the purse and store security footage as evidence in a trial.
Threatening Driver Stopped
Officers at multiple police stations worked together to stop a driver causing mayhem along Mission Street on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The trail began when a caller reported a “man with a gun” near Mission and Italy streets to Ingleside Police Station around 10:03 p.m. As two Ingleside Police Station officers drove to the scene, they heard a report of a white Nissan involved in a hit-and-run incident and 26th and Capp streets on their radio. The Excelsior victims told the officers that a driver in a similar car had pointed a gun at them well driving by. The victims positively identified the female suspect, and other officers who had stopped the car in the Mission District discovered two loaded guns in the car. The driver was arrested.
Drunk Driver Admits Fault
A caller reported a five-car accident at Munich and Excelsior streets at 9:46 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12. A dispatcher heard loud arguing in the background of the call. On the scene, a witness explained that an SUV had collided with two parked cars which struck two more cars. The driver of the SUV was barely able to stand and admitted to officers that the accident “was all his fault” because he had drunk “seven shots.” The driver’s blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit, according to a test administered at Mission Station. The suspect was booked for a DUI at the county jail.
Threatened with a Weapon
An argument between two drivers escalated quickly on Monday, Dec. 11 at 12:24 a.m. in the Excelsior. A driver heading south on Mission Street heard another driver accusing him of almost hitting his car. The first driver responded that he had not seen the other driver and continued to drive. When the cars reached the intersection of Whittier and Mission streets, the suspect threatened the driver with a semi-automatic firearm. The victim quickly took a right turn on to Geneva Avenue and called the police.
Dodge Goes Up in Flames
Two Ingleside Police Station officers responded to a report of a flaming Dodge Nitro at the heart of John McLaren Park around 12:17 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. San Francisco Fire Department had put out the blaze when the police officers arrived. The officers were unable to contact the vehicle’s owner and it was impounded.
Arsonist Hits Close to Home
A man on probation for felony arson lit a fire in the garage of his father’s home on the 500 block of Madrid Street at 8:48 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The suspect’s parents reported the incident and firefighters extinguished the minor fire before much damage occurred. The man, who had been released from jail a month before, told police officers that he had been “burning papers in the garage to get rid of memories.” The man was arrested for arson and other charges.
Teamwork Leads to Robber’s Arrest
Citizens and cops teamed up to track down a robber in Crocker-Amazon Park at 10:05 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. A man standing in the middle of Geneva Avenue near Moscow Street flagged down a passing patrol car and told two Ingleside Police Station officers that two robbery victims were chasing down a robber in the park. Upon entering the park, the officers saw several people pointing towards a man climbing a fence near the tennis courts. The suspect, who refused to surrender, was chased and eventually stopped by the officers. He was found to have a gun. Stolen property was discovered nearby. The victims said the suspect had threatened them with a gun while they sat in their car near the park. The victims then chased the suspect into the park. The suspect was booked at Ingleside Police Station on charges of robbery and other crimes.
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