View from 23rd and South Van Ness Photo by Mark Rabine

Police took one armed man into custody at around 8:30 tonight after the suspect allegedly robbed someone at gunpoint earlier in the day and then ran for refuge into a house on Shotwell near 23rd Street, according to police.

The incident brought out dozens of police officers, including hostage negotiators and a SWAT team.  Police barricaded off the perimeter bordered by 22nd and 24th streets and Shotwell and South Van Ness.

Google Street View from May 2011. This is the area in which the arrest was made. The now-closed Delano’s Market is to the left.

Witnesses said that 12 police officers entered the Shotwell house near the empty lot of the now-closed Delano Market. No shots were fired and the armed suspect was in the house alone, according to police.

One officer from a tactical team said that there had been a robbery and the suspect fled and barricaded himself in the apartment. Officer Albie Esparza said the robbery had occurred around 4:30 p.m.

It was unclear where the robbery of the victim occurred.

Police arrested the suspect and put him into a police car at around 8:30 p.m. and by 9:20 p.m. police officers were pulling down caution tape and allowing neighbors back onto to the street.

One witness said that the owner of the house where the suspected was barricaded was waiting outside in the street while the whole incident played out in front of him.

The suspect was alone in the house and his surrender was negotiated.

One neighbor said at least one officer had been on scene since 5:30 p.m.

As late as  8:30 p.m. police were prohibiting pedestrians and cars from going through the blocked off streets.

One woman trying to get beyond the barricade at 23rd and South Van Ness had to wait until police got clearance and then walked her to her apartment.

Earlier in the evening, we depended on a tip from a reader and on the Twitter feed below. Thank you reader, @Aleks_Mist and @natesayer.

8:24 p.m. Aleks_Mist reports that things are quieter but the police are still there.

AleksMist ‏@Aleks_Mist
2 armed cops went into the house over an hour ago. Haven’t heard anything from in there since. #shotwell #mission

Police are in front of PAWS, which is at 3170 23rd St.

Photo from @Aleks_Mist

Natesayer posted this on Twitter:

Over 50 cops. They’ve cornered someone. 23rd along Shotwell (you know, where I live.) Hope it goes down safely.

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Hélène Goupil

Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

Mark Rabine has lived in the Mission for over 40 years. "What a long strange trip it's been." He has maintained our Covid tracker through most of the pandemic, taking some breaks with his search for the Mission's best fried-chicken sandwich and now its best noodles. When the Warriors make the playoffs, he writes up his take on the games.

Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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