Tenderloin Crime & Safety: Officer-Involved Shooting, Homicide Arrest, Man Attacks 3 Men, More

We don't report every crime, but want to keep you aware of the incidents occurring around the neighborhood.

Here's a recap of the reported crimes that have occurred since our last round up. Unless otherwise noted, all details come from SFPD reports.

Public hearing planned for officer-involved shooting death

On May 10th, 11:30am, SFPD will hold a town hall meeting at 969 Market St. on the officer-involved shooting and death that occurred last week.

As we reported on May 3rd, two uniformed SFPD officers were walking a foot beat on the 900 block of Market Street (near Fifth) when they observed a white man stabbing an Asian or Filipino male.

At 11:22am, the officers intervened in the stabbing, and at least one of the officers shot the knife-wielding man.

The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. The stabbing victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and released late in the evening of May 3rd.

Because an officer-involved shooting occurred, the incident is being investigated by the Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Independent Investigations Bureau, the Department of Police Accountability, and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police make arrest in early-morning homicide

SFPD responded to a call regarding a shooting at McAllister and Larkin streets at 2:22am on May 4th. Officers found 20-year-old San Francisco resident Christian Centano on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim later succumbed to his wounds at San Francisco General Hospital.

On May 5th, officers from the Tenderloin Station identified and arrested two Daly City residents — 31-year-old Christina Bryant and 34-year-old Windell Lightle — on the 100 block of Leavenworth Street (near Golden Gate Avenue). Both suspects have been booked on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Although arrests have been made in the homicide, police are still asking anyone with further details about the incident to contact them anonymously at 415-575-4444 or by texting a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message. 

Woman attacked by five men, found by paramedics

On May 1st, 11:30pm, paramedics located a 28-year-old woman on the ground around near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street.

Paramedics called police. The victim told responding officers she only remembers being attacked by five men, and does not know what triggered the attack. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No suspects have been identified.

Eight men punch and rob man

Just before 11pm on April 30th, a 29-year-old man was walking along the 100 block of Jones Street (near Golden Gate Avenue) when he was surrounded by eight unknown male suspects.

They began punching the victim, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspects also took the victim’s cell phone and wallet.

A witness walking by called police, but the suspects fled on foot. They have not yet been identified.

Men steal phone from Good Samaritan’s hand

On April 29th, around 7:24pm, two men, said to be aged 18-22, approached a 38-year-old man near the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets, and asked to use the older man’s phone to make a call.

The victim dialed the number and put the phone on speaker, but one suspect snatched the phone from his hand while the second punched him. The two suspects fled east bound on Turk and have not been identified.

Man protecting bike robbed by seven men

A 27-year-old man was sitting in Civic Center Plaza at 6am on April 28th when he noticed several men surrounding his bicycle.

When the victim confronted the group, a 55-year-old male suspect pulled a gun from his backpack and demanded the victim’s property, which included money and a food card. The suspects — the 55-year-old man, another in his 40s, and five other suspects of unidentifiable age — all fled on foot and have not been detained.

Painter attacked, robbed after asking to not be recorded

Around 2pm on April 27, a 34-year old man was sitting on the sidewalk, painting, on the 300 block of Turk Street (near Leavenworth) when a 35-year-old man started recording him.

When the painter asked for the recording to stop, the older man called him a derogatory name and threatened to beat him up. The painter then got up to leave, but the suspect punched him in the face. He was joined by another 35-year-old man, who punched the victim several times and stole his cellphone out of his pocket.

As the two suspects walked away, several bystanders yelled at them to give the phone back. The second suspect eventually threw the phone on the ground. The victim refused medical treatment and no arrests have been made.

Two men attacked, robbed by five men in black jackets

On April 27th, around 10:35pm, two twenty-year-old men were walking near the intersection of Jones and Turk streets.

They were approached by five men of unidentifiable ages, all wearing black jackets. The suspects surrounded the two victims, began to go through their pockets and punched them in the faces before fleeing.

The victims lost a phone and a wallet and refused medical treatment. None of the suspects have been identified.

Woman attacked, robbed by acquaintance

At 10pm on April 26th, a 39-year-old woman was listening to music on her headphones near the intersection of Cyril Magnin and Eddy streets when she was attacked by a 25-year-old female acquaintance.

The suspect punched the victim in the face and the older woman fell to the ground. A second 25-year-old woman joined the attack and stole her purse. Neither suspect has been arrested.

Man wielding metal object attacks three men

A man said to be in his thirties attacked three men, aged 48, 38 and 23, near the intersection of Yerba Buena Lane and Market Street around 9:55pm on April 24th.

The suspect first approached the younger man and hit him in the head with a metal object, then walked away. He then punched the 38-year-old man in the chest, and walked away again. He then hit the 48-year-old in the head with a metal object.

The oldest victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening head injury. No arrest has been made.

Man surrounded, robbed and threatened by five men

Around 3pm on April 24th, a 31-year-old man walking along the 1000 block of Market Street (near Sixth) was surrounded by five men said to be 25-35 years old.

One suspect stole the victim’s jacket while the other four threatened to stab him. All of the suspects fled eastbound on Market Street and have not been identified.

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