While we don't report on every crime, we do our best to keep you informed of major crimes and safety concerns in the neighborhood. Here's a selection of crimes reported around SoMa within the second half of December.
$400,000 worth of merchandise was stolen Thursday, December 29th, from a jeweler outside the San Francisco Jewelry Center at 101 Utah St. NBC Bay Area reported that the male jewelry dealer was attacked and robbed by three or more suspects at approximately 6:30pm. The unidentified suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, and the victim's injuries were treated at a local hospital.
Kidnapped By Phone Scammers
A man, 25, was kidnapped and robbed by alleged phone scammers around 1am December 26th. The SFPD reports that the victim received a phone call from one of the scammers and agreed to meet at an agreed upon location at Sixth and Mission. Two other suspects then drove up and took the victim into their vehicle. The victim told police that while driving him around, one of the suspects pulled what appeared to be a handgun on him. They then robbed him of his cell phone and debit card before dropping him off on Cesar Chavez Street. The victim suffered minor injuries. No arrest was made.
Nightclub Shooting & Assault
In the early morning hours of December 25th, officers responded to calls of a shooting and a separate assault outside the same nightclub on the 500 block of Fourth Street.
According to the SFPD, officers first responded to a call of a shooting outside the club at 2:38am. Upon arrival, the officers were alerted to a separate assault nearby. They called for backup to investigate that separate incident while they located two men, ages 25 and 32, suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds on the sidewalk.
Responding to the assault, additional units arrived and arrested one of two male suspects. Police report that one suspect sucker punched the victim, a 24-year-old man who attempted to break up the fight, while the second suspect kicked him in the head multiple times while he was on the ground. The first suspect fled the scene and was not apprehended, while the second was arrested with the help of a bystander.
The SFPD's Gang Task Force is investigating the shooting.
Neighbors Report Suspicious Activity At 12th & Norfolk
Residents at 12th & Norfolk have reported hearing multiple gunshots fired around 2:20am December 24th, which they say resulted in property damage and possibly injuries. Tipster Eric L. told Hoodline that he's contacted the captain of the SFPD Southern Station and Supervisor Jane Kim's office and has not received a response regarding the suspicious activity. The SFPD media relations unit confirmed to Hoodline that a robbery with force did take place in the area that day, but no other information regarding the incident was available.
Update, 5:50pm: Southern Station Captain Daryl Fong shared the following details about the December 24th incident, in response to emails from concerned neighbors:
"The shooting incident referenced on December 24th at 12th St and Norfolk appears to have involved individuals from rival gangs who came in contact with one another in separate vehicles. The individuals were shooting at each other from two adjacent vehicles on Folsom St west of 12th St. Numerous gun casings were located in this area. Several individuals were injured in the incident and were treated at local hospitals while two suspects were taken into custody. The Department's Gang Task Force is continuing its investigation into the incident.
Earlier today, I met with the owners of the Holy Cow and the Grand nightclub to express my concern regarding the incident and inquired about adequate security measures and protocols within and surrounding the club. I requested and received a new security plan. The meeting was hosted by members of the Entertainment Commission. The owners provided a copy of an enhanced security plan with new protocols along with an increase in security personnel. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that measures were discussed and steps taken to avert another incident such as that which occurred on December 24th.
Southern Station's permit officer will work closely with the Department's Alcohol Liaison Unit, City's Entertainment Commission to monitor the club's activities to ensure compliance in hopes of averting any future incident."
Baseball Bat Assault & Robbery
A 34-year-old man was beaten with a bat then robbed at approximately 1pm December 21st at King and Fifth streets. The victim was walking when the male suspect punched him from behind and hit him with a bat, then took his property and fled the scene. The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, and no arrest has been made.
Teen, Adult Shot At Ninth & Brannan
At 10:45pm December 17th, a 41-year-old man in a car and a 14-year-old boy nearby were shot at Ninth and Brannan. The 41-year-old victim was shot in the back and called 911. He was transferred to the hospital along with the 14-year-old victim, who also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest was made.
As we previously reported, a 56-year-old pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run at 11:17pm December 15th at Fifth and Bluxome. The driver fled the scene and no arrest was made.
SFPD's Southern Station hosts a community meeting at 6:30pm the third Wednesday of every month at different locations around the neighborhood. For location information for the next community meeting—January 18th—follow @SFPDSouthern on Twitter or call the station at 415-575-6000.
Thanks to tipster Eric L. for the tip. See something interesting while you’re out and about? Text Hoodline and we’ll see what we can find: (415) 200-3233.
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