CRIME WATCH UPDATE: SFPD Releases Sketch of Carjacking Suspect

SFPD sketch of suspect wanted in connection with Carjacking, robbery, assault, & kidnapping.

SFPD sketch of suspect wanted in connection with Carjacking, robbery, assault, & kidnapping.

In December we reported on a violent carjacking that took place in the heart of the Castro, November 30th on Hartford Street. SFPD have finally released a sketch of one of the suspects.

In the attack two men, Rene Sedivy, 41 and his 21 year old, unidentified companion were, according to police reports: held up at gun point, taken hostage, held against their will, had their lives threatened if they resisted, cell phones stolen and Sedivy was pistol whipped twice before their assailants released both men on Noe St. less than a mile from where their nightmare began.

Mr. Sedivy went to General Hospital for treatment of a broken nose and fractured skull. He later described the two assailants as African Americans, both about 5’9″ and wearing hoodies.

Take a look at the sketch at the top of the post. Do you recognize this man? If so call SFPD Sergeant Alicia Castillo at 415-558-5400.

Too freaked out to get involved but know something that could help? Call the information you have in anonymously to the Mission Station’s confidential tip line, 415-552-4558.

According to police statistics there were over 800 crimes of every imaginable sort in the Castro Village within a one mile radius in 2012. The only way we as a community can start to push back to this ongoing issue is to report what we see and get involved.

Take off your headphones, pluck out the ear buds, keep you head out of your tech, walk with friends and be aware of your surroundings are always the first simple steps to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer loves San Francisco, social activism and punk rock(ers). His work has appeared in Handbook Magazine. SF Bay Times, The Advocate, Diseased Pariah News and American Music Press . He also has an extensive and repeatedly redacted FBI file.

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3 Responses

  1. Ramón says:

    To those of you who were not born and reared in a city, and even to those of you who were but have forgotten about possible threats, you should all memorize Waiyde’s last paragraph; it could save you. Your safety begins with being spatially aware.
    Also, you don’t have to consult your phone or iPod to cross a street.

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    • Waiyde says:

      Thanks Ramon.

      I’m just quoting what every cop and personal safety instructor always says. The greatest number of crimes in SF are those of opportunity. Tech toys are a magnet for thieves in the City. People are being jumped left and right for IPad/IPhones and other devices on MUNI, standing on street corners or walking home from a night out. Time to adjust one’s way of thinking and realize your safety is not guaranteed. Add the fact that many in the world still view the Castro & LGBT people as easy pickings raises the factors for someone from the community to be a victim of crime.

      Be alert, be aware, be safe pals!

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  2. A Moose says:

    Thanks for the final paragraph. It just amazes me how engrossed people are in their electronics. That’s been in SF and even here on the East Coast as I walk around Philadelphia and on the train to NYC and even in New York City.

    Folks, you’re not only putting yourself in possible physical danger, but you’re also putting yourself in danger of losing your precious tech. Most importantly you’re missing out on the world around you and personal interactions.

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