FiDi & North Beach Crime: Fatal Nob Hill Shooting, Hair-Pulling Robbers, More

Time for another look at crime in SFPD's Central District, which includes Chinatown, Financial District, Embarcadero, Russian, Telegraph and Nob Hills, North Beach, and Union Square.

In this week's Central Station newsletter, Captain Paul Yep announced the doubling of Central's foot patrol staff. The move comes after Police Chief William Scott implemented new officer deployment strategies to help curb violence and property crime earlier this month. 

"There were fourteen foot beat patrol officers," Yep writes, "covering Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square and the Market/Financial District areas, when I first arrived at Central Station in March of this year. As of Saturday, September 9th, there are twenty-eight foot beat officers."

Here are some of the incidents that have taken place since our last biweekly report. Unless otherwise noted, all reports are based on information from SFPD.

Suspect killed after Nob Hill hostage standoff

Early Sunday morning, an officer-involved shooting occurred on the first block of Salmon Street at Pacific Avenue in Nob Hill in the early morning. After police responded to a domestic violence call, they determined that a shot had been fired and a suspect had taken family members hostage.

Police entered the apartment and an officer shot the suspect, who was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. 

Three victims were rescued, treated at the scene and then released. 

Woman sets mattress on fire 

A fire incident was investigated on September 11th at 6:30am on the 2600 block of Larkin Street in Russian Hill.

Police responded to the area to find an 18-year-old woman who had cut her wrists and set her mattress on fire. The suspect was detained and medically evaluated. 

Robber shoves man, snatches backpack

On the corner of Jackson and Jones Streets in Nob Hill on September 10th at 4:12pm, a robbery occurred.

An 18-year-old man was was approached by a male suspect in his mid-20s who pushed him to the ground and absconded with the victim's backpack and camera. No injuries or arrests were reported. 

Knife-wielding robber steals woman's purse

In the Financial District on September 9th at 7:15pm near the corner of Washington and Sansome Street, a 26-year-old woman was robbed.

A man in his 20s approached the victim while wielding a knife and pushed her to the ground. He then stole her property—including her purse, wallet, debit card, foreign and domestic cash, and passport—before fleeing westbound in an unknown vehicle. 

Suspects pull woman's hair, rob her

A 26-year-old woman was walking westbound on Market Street near Kearny Street in on September 6th between 10 and 11pm when she was robbed by three suspects, approximately aged 18–28. 

The victim put her wallet in her pants and cellphone inside her pocket as a safety precaution, when one of the suspects pulled on her hair causing her to fall to the ground.

One of the other suspects then snatched the items from her and fled. The victim reportedly dusted herself off and fled the scene as well. 

If you have any information regarding any of these incidents, contact police anonymously by calling 415-575-4444, or text your tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of your message.

Here’s why we usually don’t include suspect descriptions in crime reports.

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