Here’s a recap of recent criminal activity in the Ocean View, Merced Heights and Ingleside neighborhoods — known collectively as the OMI — between November 16th and November 30th.
Unless otherwise noted, all incidents were reported in Taraval Station's police daily blotter. (Note: Taraval Station does not provide suspect descriptions.)
Road rage after funeral procession leads to slashing
After waiting for a passing funeral procession at Brotherhood Way and Arch Street around 2pm on Monday, November 27th, a man honked at the car in front of him when it failed to move during a green light. The drivers began to yell at each other, and the driver in the second car approached the first car on foot. When he reached the car’s window, the driver slashed him with a knife and drove away. The victim took himself to the hospital and called the police.
Man arrested after rooting through garbage can
On November 27th, at 2:27pm, Taraval Station police officers approached a man throwing garbage from a trash can onto the ground at 2000 Ocean Ave. (between Lakewood Avenue and Manor Drive). Officers arrested the man after a database check revealed that he was on parole for a no bail warrant.
Man cited for indecent exposure
Officers cited a man who exposed himself to a woman and her daughter near Head Street and Ashton Avenue at 9:50am on November 25th. After a search based on the victim’s description, the officers located and cited the suspect.
Drinking at the park turns violent
While at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center on November 17th, a man called the police at 12:54pm after his drunk friend assaulted him with crutches. The suspect punched the victim as he was on the ground, then left the park. According to the victim, the suspect had a history of violence while drunk or on drugs.
Man threatens store employee with pocket knife
On Friday, November 17th at 12:40pm, a man was arrested for threatening a store employee with a pocket knife at the shopping center between Lakewood Drive and Manor Drive. The victim called the police. Officers recognized the man, who was known for harassing neighborhood store owners, and arrested him.
Ingleside bank robbery
On November 17th, at 12:24pm, a man entered a bank at 2600 Ocean Avenue and requested paperwork for opening a bank account. When an employee asked if he needed help, the suspect passed the employee a note informing them that he had a gun and intended to rob the bank. The employee compiled and bank robber fled the bank immediately.
Screwdriver-wielding man threatens employee
On November 17th at 11:52am, officers responded to a conflict with a suspect at 1100 Ocean Avenue, a housing development.
A victim reported that she had escorted the suspect into the exercise room, where he tried to steal a screwdriver. During the tussle over the screwdriver, the suspect scratched the victim’s face. Officers separated the victims and suspect into different rooms and eventually took the suspect’s weapon. The suspect was arrested.
Driver, passenger arrested
On November 16th at 1:21pm, officers arrested two occupants of a car, near 100 Lee Ave, after it matched the description of a vehicle involved in previous crimes.
A police database check revealed that the driver had been cited for driving with a suspended license six times before. There was also an outstanding warrant for her arrest in San Mateo County.
A passenger in the vehicle also admitted to having marijuana and pills in his possession. The passenger had previously been arrested for the possession of an illegal firearm. A loaded gun was discovered on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Both occupants were arrested.
This article was published in partnership with the Ingleside-Excelsior Light.
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