Richmond crime: Car thieves crash into police vehicle, man beaten over bottle of vodka, more

Richmond crime: Car thieves crash into police vehicle, man beaten over bottle of vodka, more
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By Jennifer Shields - Published on August 03, 2018.

Here's our update on the latest in crime news from the Richmond District.

In this month's newsletter, SFPD Richmond Station's Captain Michelle Jean reminds locals to be cautious about securing any construction sites on or near their property.

"Construction sites are targets for burglars," she writes. "Tools and supplies are sometimes left at the site unattended or unsecured ... Secure all equipment and vehicles at all times, [and] consider the use of security systems and locking fencing." 

Jean also encourages locals to attend the station's National Night Out event, which will be held this coming Tuesday, August 7 at station headquarters (461 6th Ave.), from 4-7 p.m.

"We have a lot of fun activities, including face painting, a jumpy house, food, a fire truck, a canine officer, mounted police, and much more," she writes. "We hope to see you all there."

Now, it's on to a recap of the latest crimes to occur in the neighborhood. All information comes directly from the SFPD's daily crime recaps, unless otherwise noted. 

Shots fired on Clement

On August 3 at 1:50 a.m., police responded to a call of shots fired on the 1600 block of Clement Street. The officers found spent shell casings, as well as a bullet lodged in a residence. No suspect information has been made available.

Man robbed at gunpoint by trio

A 21-year-old man was walking on the 2600 block of Bush Street (at Divisadero) at 10:30 p.m. on August 1 when he was approached by three suspects exiting a vehicle. The suspects, a woman in her twenties and two people of unknown gender aged 18-25, blocked the victim's path, held him at gunpoint and stole his backpack, cell phone, jackets, and a wallet containing his credit cards and ID. The suspects then fled in their vehicle. The victim was uninjured; no arrests have been made. 

Hot prowler steals bike and sleeping bags

On August 1 at 7 p.m., a 44-year-old woman who resides on the 800 block of 41st Avenue awoke to discover her garage had been burgled, with the garage door left open. The suspect, whose age and sex are unknown, stole a bicycle, extra bicycle seat and sleeping bags.

Hot prowl burglar returns to give back stolen laptop

On July 17 at 8:30 a.m., two women, 19 and 51, and a 27-year-old man were asleep in their home on the 5200 block of Sutter Street when they heard someone prying a door open.

The younger woman saw the suspect, a woman in her 20s, inside the home, and confronted her. The suspect then walked out the door with the vici laptop and credit card. Hours later, the suspect then returned to the house and gave back the laptop, before fleeing in an unknown direction. There were no injuries or arrests.

Thieves crash stolen car into police vehicle

Two males between the ages of 18-25 were in the process of stealing a car at the intersection of MLK and Harigawa Tea Garden drives on July 14 at 11:30 pm when the police showed up.

According to the police report, an officer attempted to arrest the two suspects as they entered the stolen car. The suspects then crashed the car into a police vehicle before fleeing the scene. There were no injuries and no arrests.

Pair beats man with bat, cane over bottle of vodka

Two men, 39 and 52, fought another man, 32, over a bottle of vodka at the intersection of Fulton and La Playa Streets on July 13th at 3:48 pm.

According to the police report, the two men used a baseball bat and a cane to beat the victim before being arrested by police. Officers found the victim and transported him to the hospital, where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Community meeting

Interested in getting involved in helping make the Richmond safer? The next scheduled community meeting for Richmond Station will be held at the station (461 6th Ave.) on August 21 at 6 p.m. 

Anyone who has information about any of these incidents is encouraged to contact SFPD via the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

Here’s why we usually don’t include suspect descriptions in crime reports.