The San Francisco Police Department announced on Thursday that officers arrested a man on Halloween night for firearms possession and carrying a concealed weapon at the Mission’s Valencia Gardens, recovering two guns from the area.
The arrest and gun seizures were part of citywide actions that netted a total of five arrests and six firearms taken off the streets as part of the SFPD’s ramped-up violence reduction efforts in the Mission District and elsewhere in San Francisco.
Police arrested Antonio Henry, 21, on the weapons charges on Valencia between 14th and 15th streets, and arrested four other individuals in the South of Market, Western Addition and Tenderloin areas, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by SFPD.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, police and city leaders took their message of violence suppression downtown to a City Hall press conference in Supervisor David Campos’ office, where they discussed the recent rash of gang violence and homicides in the Mission.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Mission Station Capt. Robert Moser focused on the involvement of community outreach specialists like Diana Oliva-Aroche, the mayor’s director of violence prevention services, and Ricardo Acosta-Garcia, director of the Northwest Community Response Network.
Suhr said their crucial role will be giving youth positive choices before they are drawn to violence.
“We’d like to claim them before the gangs do,” Suhr said.
“The temperature is hot right now between Hispanic gangs as they’re running in the Mission,” he added.