It's been a couple weeks since our last Castro Crime & Safety recap, and while there are less crime-specific reports to share this time around, we've also got some important safety updates from District 8—specifically, Duboce Triangle—to share. (All reports below come via the SFPD, unless otherwise noted.)
J-Church Assault & Robbery
On April 6th at 4:30pm, a man, 44, was riding the J-Church Muni train around Church and 18th when he told a loud and disruptive group of juveniles to go to the back of the train. A 16-year-old male from the group hit the older man in the face, knocking him to the ground. An additional suspect took the victim's backpack, and the group fled the train. No arrests were made, and the victim suffered bruised lips.
District Supervisors/State Senate Candidates Debate Safety Issues
A couple weeks ago, we reported on an April 6th State Senate debate, which saw District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim sparring with District 8's Scott Wiener. Read on for both candidates' takes on safety issues like mental health, homelessness, the use of tasers, and more.
Armed Robbery At 19th & Dolores
On April 10th at 5am, a 33-year-old man was walking near Dolores and 19th when another man, 20-25, exited a vehicle and demanded money while holding a handgun. Victim gave the suspect his phone and money and the suspect fled. No arrest was made.
Church Street Arson
Later on April 10th, at 11am, an unknown suspect started a fire on Church Street between 16th and 17th streets. The Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, which damaged a window panel on a building. No arrest was made, but witnesses took photos of the suspect, which have not been shared with Hoodline at this time.
Arrests Made In Hit-And-Run Of Local Man
On April 11th, we reported an update on the hit-and-run death of Dennis Nix, a San Francisco resident who had deep ties to the Castro and LGBTQ communities. Two men were arrested in connection with the late-2015 incident, and one was charged with suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit & run and providing false information to peace officers.
Meet Duboce Triangle's New Foot Patrol Officers
The SFPD is hosting a meet-and-greet on Monday, April 18th, at Chase Community Room (15th and Sanchez) from 6:30-7:30pm. The event is an opportunity to meet the new SFPD foot patrol officers for the Duboce Triangle neighborhood, who will be present to hear questions and concerns. This will hopefully come as good news to Duboce residents, who are still concerned about violence after the brutal assault of a neighborhood couple in February.
Did we miss any recent crimes around the neighborhood? Let us know in the comments below. If you've got info on a crime or neighborhood safety issue to share, send us a tip here or add a comment below.