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Castro Crime & Safety: Dead Body Allegedly Found, Multiple Robberies, 1-Alarm Fire, More

Castro Crime & Safety: Dead Body Allegedly Found, Multiple Robberies, 1-Alarm Fire, More
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By Brian Ray - Published on August 15, 2016.

Since our last roundup, the neighborhood has seen reports of a dead body, a steady series of robberies, and a minor fire. On the safety side of things, there's an upcoming public hearing on a new traffic light at 15th and Dolores. Read on for the latest; all reports are in chronological order and come via the SFPD, unless otherwise noted.

18th & Castro Robbery, Part One

On August 3rd at 2:17am, a 30-year-old man was standing on the corner of 18th and Castro when another 30-year-old man pushed him. The suspect then robbed him, taking his cell phone. No arrest has been made.

Cumberland & Dolores Robbery With Gun

Later on the 3rd, at 3:00pm, a 24-year-old man was robbed by another man that he was meeting near Cumberland and Dolores. The suspect pulled a gun on him and stole his property before fleeing in a vehicle on Dolores. No arrest was made.

One-Alarm Dolores Fire

The SFFD tweeted about a one-alarm fire near 18th and Dolores around 1:48pm on August 4th:

The SFFD later updated that the fire was contained to an exterior light well, and that no injuries or displacement had occurred.

17th & Church Vehicle Theft

We received news from an anonymous tipster of a car theft:

"I'm a Bay Area native and an 8-year resident of the Castro-Dolores Park area. I am writing to inform you that my car was stolen around 5am on Friday, August 5th, from 17th Street near Church. 

From a neighbor's security footage, I learned that the thief was a light-skinned male with short dark hair, wearing baggy, light-colored clothing and carrying two large and very full backpacks. He was looking into multiple cars on the street until he arrived at mine, a late-'90s Honda CRV (notoriously easy to steal). I report this not for the attention, but so that others in our neighborhood are made aware of a major theft."

18th & Castro Robbery, Part Two

At 2am on August 7th, a man, 26, was approached by another man, 40-45, near 18th and Castro. The older man pushed the victim against the wall, conducted a pat-down search, and took his phone before fleeing on 18th Street. No injuries were reported, and no arrest was made.

Reports Of Body Found In Residence Above Philz Coffee

We received tips that a body was discovered in the unit above the Philz Coffee at 549 Castro St. on August 11th. While there was police activity, we have yet to confirm any additional information about the incident. We are awaiting word from the Office of the Medical Examiner, and will update as soon as we learn more.

Late-Night Hot Prowl Burglary Suspects Arrested

On August 12th at 12:13am, a 33-year-old man heard a sound in his garage near 17th and Noe. Upon investigating, he saw two men, 23 and 34, running away with his property. Both suspects were later arrested, and the victim's property was recovered.

Hoffman Avenue Phone Robbery

A woman, 33, was using her phone outside of her house near Hoffman and 23rd on August 13th at 9:40pm, when a 20-year-old man approached her and snatched her phone. He then ran to a nearby grey Chrysler minivan and drove away. No arrest was made.

Church & Duboce Robbery With Gun

On August 14th at 5:50am, a 32-year-old man was robbed near Church and Duboce. A man, 25, ran up to the victim, demanding his property. When the victim refused, the suspect revealed a weapon and the victim then complied, giving him money. The suspect then fled to a gold SUV, where two additional men were waiting. The suspects fled, no arrests have been made, and the victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Upcoming Public Hearing For New Traffic Light At 15th & Dolores

Nextdoor user Wallace H. noted that the SFMTA will be holding a public hearing this Friday, August 19th to discuss proposed changes to crosswalks and traffic signals, including a new signal in place of the current all-way stop at 15th and Dolores. The hearing will take place at 10am in room 416 (Hearing Room 4) at City Hall.

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.