Castro Crime & Safety: Pedestrian Death On Market, Harvest Market Break-In, More

Since our last roundup, the Castro has seen a steady mix of crime, including a robbery, a hot prowl, a vehicle-pedestrian incident resulting in a fatality, and a break-in at Harvest on Market.

Read on for the latest; all reports are in chronological order and come via the SFPD, unless otherwise noted.

Suspect Breaks Into Car With Owner Inside

On October 30th at 5:11am, a 20-year-old man was inside his vehicle at 18th and Dolores when another man, 40-50, smashed the car's window. The suspect grabbed the owner's bag, containing a tablet, keys, and cell phone. The victim struggled with the suspect over the bag, but the suspect got away with the belongings. No arrest was made.

Church & Market Cell Phone Snatcher

A woman, 27, was robbed near Church and Market on November 3rd at 10:40pm. She was calling someone on her phone when a male suspect of unknown age approached her, grabbed the phone, and fled on foot. No arrest was made.

Noe Street Hot Prowl

Later on the 3rd, at 11pm, a 54-year-old man was in his bedroom near Noe and and Market when a younger man, 30, walked into the room. The victim confronted the suspect and escorted him outside, where the suspect then fled on foot. No arrest was made.

Castro & 19th Robbery

On November 5th at 2:30am, a man, 30, was attacked and robbed on Castro Street near 19th Street. The suspect, a 20-to-30-year-old man, pushed the victim from behind and then punched him. When the victim fell to the ground, the suspect stole his cell phone and cards before fleeing with another suspect. No arrests have been made.

Pedestrian fatality. | Photo: Rose Garrett/Hoodline

Pedestrian Killed Outside Market Street Whole Foods

Over the weekend, we reported on a vehicle-pedestrian fatality in front of the Whole Foods near Dolores and Market. The victim, a 55-year-old man, was crossing Market Street outside of the crosswalk area when an eastbound Toyota Corolla struck and killed him. The driver, a 51-year-old man, stayed at the scene.

Harvest Ranch Market Break-In

Tipster Michael C. informed Hoodline of a break-in at Harvest Ranch Market (2285 Market St.) around 5am this morning.

We reached out to Harvest manager Gil, who told us that unknown suspect ripped one of the two front doors out of its frame, causing the glass to break. The suspect then took random items from around the store, including a phone, but no money.

According to Gil, a passerby saw a man peddling away from Harvest on a bike, and wondered if it might be the suspect. The passerby thinks it may also be an individual that's been smashing windows around the neighborhood recently.

Gil also mentioned that this is the second time an incident like this has happened at Harvest; another break-in occurred last year. We'll update this story with any additional information we learn.

Tagging Near Mission High School

Nextdoor users have recently been posting about an uptick in tagging incidents in the area between 17th and 18th and Dolores and Sanchez. "Very large tagging on the one I saw, the other had already been removed. It was a disturbing message, the portion I could read," one user posted.

Other users commented, suggesting both early removal to discourage additional tagging and taking photos before removal, in order to report to 311.

Did we miss any recent crimes around the neighborhood? If you've got info on a crime or neighborhood safety issue to share, send us a tip here or add a comment below. Or text Hoodline if you see an incident, and we’ll see what we can find out: (415) 200-3233.

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