Trouble

Crimes, big and small.

Stabbing leaves man fighting for life in SF Mission

A 32-year-old man was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition after an unknown suspect approached him from behind and stabbed him near 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue at 2:27 a.m. Sunday. After the victim felt an “impact on his arm,” police say, he noticed the suspect running away westbound on 24th Street. He was then transported to...

Smile! You’re on a Dolores Park camera

You are now under surveillance while recreating. But why should Dolores Park be different than anywhere else in San Francisco? Stanley Roberts, the camera-wielding extrovert behind KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” segment, has referred to Bay To Breakers as “My Christmas.” But Dolores Park is proof that Christmas need not come but once a year. In a typical episode — for...

VIDEO Closing arguments will begin in SF immigrant’s murder trial

This piece was produced by Zoe Ferrigno and shot by J.P. Dobrin and Charlotte Silver. The trial for a murder that put San Francisco at the center of a national debate about immigration is nearing its end. On July 1, 2015, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate — an undocumented immigrant with a criminal past and history of deportations — shot and...

Three robberies in the three days in SF Mission

A 17-year-old man lost his cell phone, wallet and baseball cap to a mob of four men who threatened him with a knife at 16th and Mission streets at 3:30 in the afternoon Wednesday. After robbing the young man of his possessions, the men — all believed to be in their 20s — absconded into the BART station. The young...

Police chief Bill Scott talks about his critics and his first 10 months in SF

In an interview with Mission Local this week, Police Chief Bill Scott talked about a range of issues, including the culture shift in the force he took over nearly a year ago, the need for more services to keep at-risk youth from falling deeper into the criminal justice system and new minimum requirements for community engagement. Formerly the deputy chief...

Dispute over parking space leads to knife fight in SF Mission

A dispute over a parking spot turned into a knife fight on 24th and Alabama streets at around 8 p.m. Saturday. At least two men were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The incident unfolded when a 27-year-old man got into an argument over a parking spot with eight men believed to be in their 30s. The men then...

Man stabbed in arm in SF Mission

Police report a man believed to be in his 30s stabbed a 26-year-old man in the arm on 23rd and Guerrero streets at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday. The suspect fled the area, and the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest has been made. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping. Crime is trauma and...

Guns, ammo stolen from San Mateo Sheriff’s deputy’s car in Tenderloin

While sheriff deputies gathered inside City Hall Friday night for a rowdy and lengthy Police Commission meeting that ended in the seven members approving a new weapon — Tasers — for the SFPD, a thief outside stole from an open and unmarked squad car. The SFPD described the car — parked on Jones Street in the Tenderloin, only four blocks from...

Hayward man charged in SF Castro Halloween shootout

A man who police suspect of wounding an officer in a shootout in the Castro on Halloween night has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes, police say. Sesar Valadez, a 32-year-old Hayward resident, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number,...

Police seize 70 pounds of meth, other drugs, from SF Noe Valley residence

The San Francisco Police Narcotics Unit on Wednesday seized two pounds of heroin, 70 pounds of methamphetamine and $46,000 in cash from a residence near 25th and Sanchez streets, police report. At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police served a warrant at the residence. The search resulted in the arrest of 44-year-old Alejandro Alvarez, a San Francisco resident. He was booked on charges...

Officer critically injured on Halloween recovering slowly

The police officer that was critically wounded in a Halloween night shootout in the Castro is inching closer to recovery, internal police emails obtained by Mission Local indicate. Officer Shawn Kai Hintzen, aged 41 and a nine-year veteran of the police department, was undergoing surgery on his intestines on Thursday morning. He had shrapnel removed from his stomach, and was...

Three daylight robberies in SF Mission District

Police report a 47-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint inside of a store near 16th and Mission streets at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. The woman was approached by a man believed to be in his 50s, who pulled out a knife and demanded the woman’s money. The man took the cash and ran away northbound on Mission Street. No injuries were...

Cop and suspect in hospital after Halloween night shootout in SF (updated)

An exchange of gunfire broke out between at least one San Francisco police officer and a suspect in the Castro just after midnight Wednesday, police say. Little is known about the male suspect, but police say the officer is a 41-year-old man and a nine-year veteran of the force. Both were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds. As of 5...

Drive-by shooting in SF Mission leaves man in life-threatening condition

A 23-year-old man was sent to the hospital in life-threatening condition after being shot by suspects in a passing car near 30th and Mission Streets at 6:06 p.m. Sunday. Police arrested two of four suspects — a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old man — they believe to be connected to the shooting. Their identities have not been released. Armed Robberies  Police...

Shooting in SF Mission sends man to hospital in life-threatening condition

Police report a man was sent to the hospital in life-threatening condition after he was shot by an unknown suspect on 22nd and Florida streets at around 2:51 a.m. Friday. Police responded to a Shot Spotter activation at the scene and located bullet fragments. The victim, estimated to be in his 30s, drove himself to the hospital, where he was...