Tag Archives: crimes

Inside an SF gambling shack, the blight the city just can’t seem to beat

The interior of an alleged Mission Street gambling den looks, to an unsettling degree, just like what you’d think it would. The place seems to have been crafted by Hollywood’s least-creative set designer. The windows here at the former Jhec of All Trades variety store at 4182 Mission St., however, are inelegantly blocked so as to prevent passers-by from casually...

SF Police chief says property crime units are a go and supervisors back off

The Board of Supervisors agreed to stay out of police business today by withdrawing proposed legislation to compel the SFPD to create special property crime units. Hours earlier, Chief of Police Bill Scott stepped up to create the units on his own. It was probably the closest thing there is to a win win between civilians and police. The announcement...

Scissor-wielding SF robber snatches bus transfers

Police report a man tried to steal bus transfers and threatened someone with scissors Tuesday morning. At 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, the 54-year-old suspect grabbed a stack of transfer tickets as he was getting off a bus at South Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street. A 41-year-old man grabbed the suspect in an attempt to stop him, but the suspect tried...

Arrested SFPD officer says he suffered retaliation for being a whistleblower (NBC Bay Area)

Joel Babbs, a San Francisco police officer who was recently arrested on misdemeanor charges of violating the vehicle code and filing a false police report, now tells NBC Bay Area that he is being retaliated against for calling out racism in the department. Babbs had previously provided Internal Affairs, and now NBC Bay Area, with recordings taken inside the Muni...

Suspect armed with golf club robs man of his dog

A man estimated to be in his 30s used a golf club to rob a 42-year-old man of his dog on 14th and Harrison streets at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, police report. The suspect approached the dog owner on his bicycle and threatened to strike him with the golf club. Out of fear, the victim let go of his dog’s...

Beloved grocer, namesake of Gus’s Market, killed in hit-and-run

A 57-year-old grocer who brought a strong sense of community to his markets was killed by a driver in the Bayview Friday morning, leaving his family, staff, and customers to mourn the loss of the man they knew as “Gus.” Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis was struck by the driver of a silver sedan near Jerrold and Toland streets at 2:17 a.m. and...

Stolen officer’s weapon used in fatal Mission District shooting (updated)

The victim of a mid-August shooting in the Mission District succumbed to his wounds, and an investigation has found that the weapon used in the incident was stolen from a San Francisco Police officer’s car, CBS San Francisco reports. Police confirmed the report in a statement today. “During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the weapon used...

Guest stabbed in host’s residence, man robbed at bus stop in SF Mission

Police report a 44-year-old man was stabbed at 12:44 a.m. on Monday inside someone’s home. The incident occurred on 20th Street between South Van Ness Avenue and Capp Street, the home of the 50-year-old suspect. The victim had been staying there as a guest when the suspect attacked him for a reason unknown to police. The victim was transported to...

Two hot prowl burglaries in SF Mission

Police report that the Mission saw two hot prowl burglaries — that’s when someone breaks into a home while the occupant is inside — on Monday night, resulting in property loss but no injuries. On Monday at around 7 p.m. at 21st and Folsom streets, a resident left his front window open while he slept. The next morning he awoke...

Three drive-by shootings in SF Mission over the weekend

Police report the Mission saw three drive-by shootings over the weekend — two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Only non-life-threatening injuries were reported. It’s unclear if the shootings were related. At around 2:55 a.m on Saturday, a 21-year-old man was shot on Mission Street between 17th and 18th streets. He was transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. The...

SF police respond to a man holding a knife to his neck

A man holding a knife to his own throat elicited a large police response Sunday morning at 23rd and Mission streets, according to eyewitnesses. Around 10:20 a.m. Sunday, witness David Ortiz described seeing a man who looked like he might have been around 60 years old and homeless in the middle of the street on 23rd and Mission streets, holding...

SFPD foot patrols will quadruple in SF Mission

The San Francisco Police Department will nearly quadruple the number of foot patrols operating from Mission Police Station, which covers the Mission and Castro districts, starting Sept. 9, Chief William Scott announced today at a press conference.   The department would not release the number of foot patrols currently operating in the Mission, but did say that right now there...

Man and woman pepper sprayed in SF Mission

A man and a woman were pepper sprayed at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue yesterday afternoon, police report. The victims, both in their fifties, were transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. At around 2:10 p.m., an argument broke out between one of the victims and one of the suspects. The suspect then left and came back with a...

Senior woman robbed, pushed to the ground in SF Mission

Police report an 80-year-old woman was robbed on 15th and Folsom streets on Thursday. The woman had been walking down the street around 11 a.m. when a man approached and demanded she hand over her money. She did, and the suspect asked for more. When the woman refused, the suspect pushed her to the ground and fled on foot. The...

Man found with life-threatening stab wound in SF Mission

Life-threatening stabbing  Police found a 29-year-old man lying on a Mission District sidewalk with a life-threatening stab wound just before 6 p.m. on Sunday. The victim was found on a sidewalk on Brosnan Street, an alley between Guerrero and Valencia Streets, and was transported to the hospital. No arrest was made, and the suspect is described as unknown. The suspect’s...