A 40-year-old mother was putting her child to sleep at their home on Bryant Street Tuesday night around 9 p.m. when she heard banging below.
The Mission resident, who asked that her name not be used, went downstairs and discovered a burglar holding her computer.
The suspect fled and the woman pursued him, but stopped when she realized he might be violent or armed.
“Somebody call the police,” the victim recalled yelling. A neighbor who lives nearby on Bryant Street between 24th and 25th streets did just that and the police came quickly and took the suspect into custody.
He had dropped the computer in flight.
Later the victim was able to pick the suspect out of a line-up and he remains under arrest for burglary.
The identity of the suspect, however, is still unknown. He gave police multiple aliases and after taking his prints nothing has turned up, police said.
The victim described the suspect as a Latino man of medium stature in his mid-20s. He was wearing a puffy black down jacket, black jeans, and a red shirt.
She said he ran slowly and seemed disoriented when he tried to escape into a neighbors drive-way. It’s possible he had been drinking, she said.
He entered through their front door, which her husband had left unlocked when he went out.
While the computer was recovered, the family realized later that they were missing some checks.
The victim reports feeling ‘freaked out’ but unsurprised by the burglary. After living in the Mission for two years she recognizes that it can be a dangerous place.
Earlier this week on Monday at 11:40 p.m., another victim at 21st and Capp Street was not as lucky when someone asked for a cigarette, according to the police report. It’s unclear if he answered yes, but before the victim knew it another suspect came up from behind, knocked him down and the two male suspects ran off with the victim’s cell phone. No one has been arrested, according to police.