Castro Crime Round Up: Assaults, Robberies & a Double Stabbing

knife-stabbing-crime---96937441Since Sunday June 30th the Castro has been awash in crime if one is to judge by the reports that have been surfacing via popular blogs Mission Loc@l and SFist.

Robberies, muggings, beatings and more seem to be as common as seeing parrots nesting in the Canary Island palm trees that line Market Street.

Is it the festivities of LGBT Pride and the following Fourth of July holiday that has been the impetus to these crimes?

As we’d reported both the San Francisco Police Department and Castro Community on Patrol had deemed Castro’s Pride week-end festivities ‘less violent’ than in the past with few incidents reported yet as we posted last week a video surfaced of a young woman being beat viciously that has prompted wanted posters to be hung throughout the ‘Stro and multiple blog entries to go up calling for the suspects to be apprehended and brought to justice.

As of post time no arrest has been made.

Pink Saturday shithead (credit: SFPD)

Person of interest wanted by SFPD for questioning surrounding a woman who was beat and kicked in the head while down post Pink Saturday.

Is it time for the Castro citizens to hold another Safety and Crime forum like the one convened in January conducted by City officials, Dist. 8 Supervisor Wiener, SFPD and concerned citizens to discuss what feels to many as another wave of crime and violence moving through the neighborhood?

Here is a list via Mission Loc@l of some of the most egregious acts perpetrated on Castro visitors and citizens since Pride:

Two women were robbed and one lost consciousness after being punched early Sunday morning June 30th. Three men and two women attacked the victims near Market and Dolores streets, at about 2 a.m. police said.  They were transported to St. Luke’s Women Center for their injuries.

Two men robbed a man near 19th and Church streets at about 9:20 p.m., police said. The incident occurred when the two men struck the victim with an unknown weapon in the back of the head causing him to fall to the ground. The men stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet.

No arrests have been made.

SFPD on Foot Patrol

SFPD on Foot Patrol. Do we need to see the City return to a more hands on approach to crime fighting like Beat Officers once did?

At about 9:30 p.m. two men robbed a man 19th and Dolores streets, police said. The suspects stole the man’s wallet and the victim was later transported to San Francisco General Hospital  for minor injuries.

Two women suffered non-life threatening injuries after being stabbed near 17th and Church streets Sunday night at about 9:20 p.m. Police said a group of eight men and a woman got into a fight with one of the victims because she bumped into one of the suspects’ baby. The suspects fled on foot.

No arrests have been made.

Three men robbed a man of his cell phone near 15th and Market streets at about 10:35 p.m., police said. The men struck the man from behind and punched him several times after he fell on the ground. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made.

And most recently it was a woman was robbed of her phone by a man who brandished a handgun after she struggled to hold onto her property on Monday, July 8th at 10:30 PM near 19th and Church St.

No arrests have been made.

STOP CRIMEWe don’t have the answers to this ongoing and problematic issue facing our neighborhood. We realize it’s not localized specifically to the Castro and police statistics point out that crime overall is down, but, as our community has been systematically targeted historically in the past by unsavory elements it is hard to keep that mentality out of the current discussion around what many have termed an answered crime wave within the  community.


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    • rblack says:

      So are you advising we just shut down the park?

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      • No. I’m sharing my personal plan with you because that’s the glory of the internet. Do what you will. Way too much of a “scene” for me in the first place…add in the risk of violence and that seals the deal.

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        • rblack says:

          My apologies Patrick, I thought you were advising all of us to stay away from the park.

          You were missing the clarifying “for me”.

          My bad.


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  2. KevinSF says:

    Divide the Mission precinct into two parts one serving the Mission exclusively and the other every where else. Every time I have called the police for non emergency the response time is 15 minutes to 2 hours. The reason, somethings going on in the Mission. Require police officers to walk a beat on part of their shift. Get them out of the patrol cars. Put 70% of the force on night time duty after dark. The officers hate it but that is when most crime occurs.

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    • rblack says:

      I’ve had hit and miss with the non emergency number.

      The very first time I called 311 was for graffiti in progress. They connected me to the police and they came in about 2min with 3 cars/6 cops and arrested the guy.

      Clearly at that time they had nothing better to do. I was a bit embarrassed for causing such a ruckus over a tagger.

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  3. rblack says:

    I agree about the beat cop thing. Whatever happened to that way of policing?

    Get 4-6 bike cops traveling in pairs to ride around the Castro/Duboce area at night. Have a presence.

    Mid Market is another area where having 4-6 police on foot walking up and down Market talking to the community, stopping trouble, etc…

    Get out of your cars. I know the siren and speeding through red lights is fun, but it’s not effective.

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    • sfjohn says:

      Gruesome Newsom nixed the patrol idea you can thank him

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      • rblack says:

        People getting their hate on for Newsom crack me up. I often wonder if they were here for Frank Jordan.

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        • sfjohn says:

          Dear I’ve been here since Difi was Mayor….

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          • rblack says:

            Then you should know better. Newsom wasn’t the devil you make him out to be, especially in comparison to Feinstein, Jordan, and Brown.

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          • sfjohn says:

            “Then you should know better” are you wagging your finger at too Mother?? I’m NOT hating on Newsom overreactive person I’m merely pointing out that he is the one who decided against foot patrols!
            Maybe you need a nap

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        • rblack says:

          Calling someone “Gruesome” isn’t hating on someone? What is name calling then?

          Apparently you disagree with his policy decision, which was why he vetoed the legislation. He didn’t believe the BOS should have the power to dictate police policy and procedures.

          Why do disagreements with public policy and politicians have to dissolve into name calling and personal attacks? If facts back up your feelings then debate the facts.

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  4. Ramón says:

    San Francisco needs more foot patrols. I live north of Market Street and it’s rare to see police patrolling this area. The only time when they show up in large numbers around here is when the silent alarm in the home of the well-heeled goes off and then they even show up with a K-9 unit, let themselves into the house and inspect it top to bottom.

    One night I witnessed a car break-in; called SFPD, and waited and waited and waited. I got tired of the wait, went to sleep only to be phoned out of bed by dispatch. I went out and clearly identified the car and got summarily dismissed by the officer.
    The crime patterns should clearly show that most of it occurs in the residential areas of the neighborhood, and foot patrols would certainly make a difference.

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  5. Denise Huxtable says:

    Just witness a gunpoint mugging at the Eureka Valley Rec Center. I was at the dog park and saw the assailants. Fled as I got a weird vibe from them and not one minute later they robbed a couple at gunpoint, stealing a cellphone, wallet, computer, and a wedding ring. Luckily, there were no injuries. Not sure if the suspects have been caught at this time so use caution.

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  6. ronnie says:

    As 2 men left the Rec Center tonight after a regular Thurs night gathering, they were held at gun point and robbed. This is getting really out of control.

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  7. Jimmy Whelan says:

    My husband, and I were robbed at gun point leaving a meeting at Eureka Valley Rec Center in the Castro. They got our stuff, laptop, iPhone, wallet. They said they were going to shoot Patrick if he didn’t give them his wedding ring. Thank god he was able to give it to them. I am hating San Francisco right now. The is no longer a safe place to live.

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  8. Stephen says:

    I might be able to shed some light on how the non-emergency police requests operate and how the beat cops patrol . I have worked closely with the police reps from the Mission Station as well the police rep from the library system on reducing problems for my neighborhood (near the Health Center and Library)

    Non emergency calls are ranked according to severity and importance, not dissimilar from how patients at an ER are evaluated. When a call is placed to the non-emergency #..the operator assigns a number to your call, either a 1, 2, or 3. 1 is obviously the most important and 3 the least. The police will respond in accordance to that priority list.
    Example: Drunk guy screaming at pedestrians is ranked maybe as a 1.
    Noise complaints a 2,
    Graffiti maybe a 3.
    Response times will also vary according to time and day. A call on a Monday may be quicker than a repose on a Friday or Saturday night.
    If you feel you are not getting the adequate response from the police, ask for the CAD# for your call. This is the case number assigned to your call. If you are unhappy with how your call or problem is handled, the CAD# is extremely helpful in helping the Precinct address the issue. I can honestly say that Mission Precinct really cares about everyone’s safety and will address issues as they arise.

    As far as the beat cops, they are assigned in our precinct according to crime and incident history. Certain neighborhoods obviously require a lot of attention (Valencia, Mission, etc) as they have a more serious crime issue. Castro Street is a high priority as well but certainly has a smaller amount of violent crimes. The complaints there are typically drunk and disorderly conduct, shoplifting, etc. Certain areas within the precinct are considered ” hot zones” these streets and areas receive more attention as they tend to have more problems. My neighborhood group was able to get our two streets added to the hot zone list because of the problems associated with the characters hanging around the library at night

    The best advice I can give is to not be afraid to communicate with the Mission Station about any concerns you have. There is a monthly meeting held at the station with Captain Moser where neighbors can talk about their concerns directly.

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  9. Peter says:

    The most important thing to keep in mind is that we must report EVERYTHING that happens. Whether the police arrive or not, it’s imperative that they be made aware of every dangerous situation in our neighborhood. The squeaky wheel gets the proverbial grease. Scott Wiener has repeatedly said that SFPD doesn’t have the resources to add foot patrols, much less open a substation in the Castro (the Diesel space would be ideal for this!) but if enough of us raise enough of a stink about the situation in our formerly safe neighborhood, that might — just might — change.

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