Trouble

Crimes, big and small.

Saturday night car crash causes injuries, reader reports

A resident of 23rd and Alabama streets reports that what might have been a car chase ended with a crash in the intersection Saturday night around 11 p.m. It’s unclear how many were injured or how severely, but the resident reported at least two people were transported to the hospital. According to the resident, one driver had been traveling down Alabama Street from the south...

Protesters call for justice on anniversary of homeless resident’s shooting

Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the encounter between Luis Gongora Pat and two San Francisco police officers that ended in less than 30 seconds with the Yucatec-Mayan immigrant shot dead. Some 50 people gathered at the site of the shooting on Friday morning to commence an anti-police brutality protest in Gongora Pat’s honor. That group swelled in size as...

SF Driver tries to flee after colliding with a U.S. Postal service truck

A driver collided with a U.S. Postal Service truck at 3 p.m. and tried to flee from the intersection of Mission and Valencia streets, but a retired highway patrol officer jumped in to help apprehend the driver.  The woman, who was later taken into custody,  appeared to be in her 40s.  The female postal employee driving the truck was transported to a nearby...

Man robbed, threatened at gunpoint after falling asleep in robber’s car

A 40-year-old man was robbed while asleep and threatened with a gun after he confronted his robber.  The victim reported getting into the car of a 45-year-old man car near Ellis and Polk streets and after driving around for some time, he fell asleep in the vehicle. When the victim awoke, he realized that his wallet was missing and confronted the driver....

Noe Valley fire sends disabled senior to hospital, displaces four

Four people are displaced, and two were sent to the hospital, after a fire in the top unit of a building at 119 Randall Street near Chenery Street. A disabled senior and her daughter were sent to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, one firefighter said. “[The senior] came out with burned soot all over her face,” said Battalion Six...

SF Mission man deters would-be burglar by feeding her

A 32-year-old man who became the victim of a burglary early Tuesday morning turned the tables by feeding the hungry home intruder.  Police report that the man woke up to sounds in his Linda Street residence around 6:20 a.m. and discovered a woman in his hallway. The woman, estimated to be in her 30s, told the victim that she had been in...

Two men targeted in separate Mission District robberies

A 42-year-old man was robbed at gun point while sitting in his car early Monday morning.   The victim had parked near the intersection of 18th and York streets when, around 12:45 a.m., two men estimated to be between 20 and 30 years old, approached him with a drawn gun. One of the men pointed the gun at the victim and demanded that...

Stabbing victim in critical condition, multiple assaults and robberies in SF Mission

Police report a 29-year-old man was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition after a stabbing early Saturday morning. At 4:27 a.m., the man was in a physical altercation with a 29-year-old man on Folsom Street between 20th and 21st streets when the older man pulled out a knife and stabbed him. Officers responding to the scene located the suspect and arrested...

Homeless man acquitted after spending nearly 5 months in jail

A homeless man who entered a Mission home last November allegedly seeking shelter was acquitted Tuesday of burglary charges that carry a 17-year sentence. The acquittal came some five months after Phillip Martinez’ November 3 arrest. Unable to post the $100,000 bail, Martinez has been in jail. He remains in jail on an unrelated misdemeanor charge but his lawyer said...

New Mission District police captain gets an earful

In his first official community meeting as head of Mission Police Station,  Captain William Griffin did most of the listening, reassuring neighbors that police are working alongside the city to address ongoing concerns about a swell of homeless encampments and prostitution in the district. “I can’t tell you that in the two to three years that I’m here I can...

Mom with baby who was robbed in Mission asks for help IDing suspects

Weeks after a robbery in which two men threatened a woman and her baby with a gun and then stole her backpack, a woman is still waiting for the suspects to be identified. As time passes, she said, public attention has waned. “It’s just stale news,” she said. But to the victim, the robbery is anything but stale – with the robbers...

Man beaten after refusing to let stranger borrow his phone

A 41-year-old man was assaulted near 16th and Capp streets after refusing to give another man permission to use his cell phone. At about 10:40 p.m. on Monday, the victim was approached by a man estimated to be in his mid-30s, who asked the victim if he could borrow his phone. According to police reports, the victim refused and crossed the street in...

Stabbing threatens boy’s life, nine robbed in SF Mission

A 15-year-old boy was left in life-threatening condition after a stabbing Friday night, police report. A physical altercation had developed in a parking lot on 16th Street and Potrero Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on March 24. A man estimated to be in his 40s assaulted the boy and stabbed him with a knife before fleeing in a pickup truck. The boy...

Mission police arrest two men linked to fatal 19th Street shooting

Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal March 17 shooting of 44-year-old Jorge Martinez at 19th and Mission streets. Minutes after 7 p.m. on March 21, San Francisco police officers from Mission Station located and arrested 22-year-old San Francisco residents Jose Mejia-Carrillo and 23-year-old Alexis Cruz-Zepeda near 19th and Church streets.  Both men face murder and conspiracy charges and...

Man in critical condition after hit-and-run in SF Mission

A hit-and-run collision on Thursday afternoon sent a 61-year-old pedestrian to the hospital with critical injuries. The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. as the man was crossing the intersection of 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. A 21-year-old man drove into the intersection, hitting another vehicle. The second vehicle in turn spun out of control and struck the pedestrian, who was crossing the street. The 21-year-old...