Update: Five alleged Hell’s Angels arrested following beating death at Mountain View concert. See end.
Residents in the vicinity of Bronte Street and Tompkins Avenue, a stone’s throw from the Alemany Farmer’s Market, were awakened by a predawn FBI raid.
At just before 5 a.m., area dwellers reported hearing a loud bang.
“I assumed it was someone breaking into my garage,” a nearby resident told Mission Local. “But I checked my Nest camera real quick, and the garage was fine. Then I heard another bang and another.”
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The neighbor wandered outside in the dark, and saw both police and fire vehicles as well as vans and large vehicles of military-type appearance — “I thought it was a Brinks truck,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor then came face to face with perhaps 15 law-enforcement personnel in military-type gear: “They were dressed like Navy Seals in full camo but had ‘FBI’ on their chests. I said ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ And the guy just says, ‘Warrant. You can go back inside. Everything is fine.’”
Reached for comment, the FBI confirmed that the raid took place.
“We can confirm the FBI conducted court-authorized law enforcement activity this morning in the 1000 block of Tompkins Avenue,” reads a statement from the FBI’s San Francisco branch. “Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we cannot provide further comment at this time.”
The Fire Department deferred comment to the police, and the police have not yet returned our messages. Calls to the U.S. Department of Justice have also not yet been returned.
A neighbor estimates that much, if not all, of the action was completed in about 40 minutes, and the vehicles and personnel left before sunrise.
This is a breaking story, and will be updated as more information comes to light.
Update, 3 p.m.: This morning’s FBI raid on Tompkins Avenue in San Francisco was part of a coordinated series of arrests targeting suspects in a June homicide and assault in Mountain View.
In that June 18 event, a man was beaten to death at a Chris Stapleton concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater and an off-duty police officer was assaulted.
Five men were arrested this morning: Three from San Francisco; one from San Mateo; and one from Pleasant Hill. All five purportedly knew one another from and were associated with the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club according to the Mountain View Police Department. The Hell’s Angels clubhouse in the Dogpatch was also raided today.
One of the five men arrested today has a former address in the 1000 block of Tompkins, which was the site of today’s 5 a.m. raid. Mountain View Police confirmed to Mission Local that the raid on Tompkins was tied to the coordinated arrests.
A San Francisco police officer knowledgeable about today’s raids told Mission Local that, in addition to Tompkins Avenue and the Hell’s Angels clubhouse, houses were also stormed in the Portola and near University Mound. Flash-bang grenades — the source of the “bangs” the neighbor heard — were apparently used in all of the actions.
The Mountain View police listed a slew of coordinating agencies participating in the investigation that led to today’s raids: the San Francisco Police Department, the San Mateo Police Department, the San Mateo Gang Intelligence Unit, the Daly City Police Department, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, the ATF, the Antioch Police Department, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the San Jose Police Department, the Los Altos Police Department, the Central Contra Costa County Regional SWAT team and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team.