Castro crime: Man critically assaulted after spitting, woman hit with skateboard, more

Photo: Evan Blaser/Flickr
By Brian Ray - Published on March 31, 2020.

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.

Hot prowler breaks into fire station

On March 30 at 3:15 a.m., a 38-year-old suspect entered the fire station at 135 Sanchez St. while firefighters slept inside. The firefighters awoke and detained the suspect until SFPD units arrived and arrested him. No injuries were reported.

Man in life-threatening condition after assault

On March 28 at 4:43 p.m., a 56-year-old man was spitting on people at Market and Dolores streets. In response, two other men, 20-30, assaulted him before fleeing on Market Street. The older man was transported to the hospital with a head injury and was reported to be in life-threatening condition.

Thief steals electric bike from garage

On March 27 at 8 a.m., a 32-year-old man awoke to discover that someone had stolen items overnight from his residence on Buena Vista Terrace (near 14th Street). The victim found his garage door open, with his electric bike, helmet, and phone bike mount all stolen. There was no information on the suspect.

Man arrested for smashing Unionmade windows

According to a Nextdoor user, a suspect was caught by police after smashing windows at the old Unionmade location at 493 Sanchez St. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect, a man who appeared to be in his twenties or thirties, as he headed up 18th Street towards Noe.

Woman hospitalized after skateboard assault

Later on March 18, at 10:06 p.m., a 49-year-old woman was struck by a man wielding a skateboard at Market and Castro streets. The man, believed to be 20-25, fled, and the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Pond hot prowl

Also on March 18, at 3:57 p.m., a 50-year-old man was inside his residence on Pond Street (near 16th) when he saw a male suspect, 45-50, enter his home. The suspect fled without taking any items.

Vehicle fire

On March 14 at 10:06 a.m., an unknown suspect lit a car on fire near 16th and Dolores streets. SFFD units responded and extinguished the fire. The car, belonging to a 49-year-old man, was reported as a loss.

Hot prowler steals items on Douglass

Sometime between 9 p.m. on March 12th and 7 a.m. on March 13th, an unknown suspect broke into a home on Douglass Street (near 20th) while a 33-year-old male resident was sleeping there. The suspect stole the victim's bicycles, laptops, computer, gaming system, headphones, and hard drive.

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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