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Castro crime: 5-suspect assault, mistaken rideshare confrontation, whistling leads to assault, more

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By Brian Ray - Published on November 15, 2019.

It's time for another look at notable crimes reported in the Castro since our last roundup. All details are from official SFPD reports, unless otherwise noted.

Robbers knock man unconscious

On November 9th at 8:00 p.m., a 36-year-old man was near Dolores and 22nd when two unknown suspects pushed him to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness. When he awoke, he discovered that his wallet and ID had been stolen. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Collingwood robbery with gun

Early on November 8th at 12:50 a.m., a 27-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were near Collingwood and 18th when two men and one woman, all 20-30, approached them and brandished a handgun. The three suspects then stole the victims' money, cards, jewelry, and phones before fleeing in a nearby sedan. No injuries were reported.

Buena Vista brush fire

On November 7th at 3:23 a.m., officers responded to two brush fires at Buena Vista and Duboce. The fires were extinguished and a 53-year-old male suspect was arrested.

20th Street hot prowl

On November 2nd at 12:00 p.m., an unidentified suspect entered a residence near 20th and Noe. One resident, a 30-year-old woman, confronted the suspect as they took items. The suspect dropped the items and fled the building.

Castro robbery

Later on the 2nd at 8:00 p.m., a 51-year-old man was near 18th and Castro when a younger man, 26-27, pushed him and grabbed his cell phone. The suspect then entered a nearby sedan with another suspect and fled. No injury was reported.

Whistling leads to assault

On November 1st at 11:55 a.m., a 48-year-old man approached a man, 30-35, who was whistling near Market and Church. The older man asked the younger man to stop whistling, which led to the younger man assaulting the older victim with his backpack. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Mistaken rideshare ends in assault

On October 26th at 6:00 a.m, a 35-year-old man started hitting a window of a vehicle he thought was his rideshare. The driver, an unknown male suspect, got out of the car and punched him in the head. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Saturn hot prowl

Shortly after on the 26th at 6:03 p.m., an unidentified male suspect entered a residence near Saturn and Lower Terrace while a resident slept there. The suspect took a bicycle and fled, but officers soon located and recovered the bicycle nearby. No arrest was made.

Twin Peaks robbery

On October 25th at 8:10 p.m., a 35-year-old man was at Christmas Tree Peak at Twin Peaks when another man, 30, stole his camera bag and lenses before fleeing in an SUV. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

5-person assault, robbery

On October 23rd at 12:40 p.m., a 14-year-old male was at Church and 20th when five suspects approached him. One suspect punched him and threw him to the ground before the remaining suspects joined in punching him. They then stole his phone, ear buds, wallet, and money before fleeing on foot. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.


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.

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