Every day I get an email bulletin from SFPD Captain Paul Chignell of the Taraval Station, which details major incidents of crime around the neighborhood. Most of it tends to be people driving on 19th with expired tags who turn out to be drug dealers posessing large quanities of drugs, car thefts, and burglaries. However, there are some other times when there’s some really disturbing incidents, such as the one here that details how a 14 year old kid was assaulted and robbed at the N Judah stop at 9th and Judah. Read here for the details:
09/16/09 6:45 pm 9th Avenue and Judah
A 14 year old boy was waiting for a streetcar and had in his possession a saxaphone inside a black case. A suspect walked up to the boy, kicked him in the groin thereby knocking the victim to the pavement, grabbed his saxaphone and fled the area on foot.
Officer Christopher Smith arrived to take the police report. While he was taking the report a person called the victim’s father as the name and address and phone number of the victim was on the black case. The person said that he had the saxaphone and would need $250.00 to return it to the victim.
Officers Rex Calaunan and Rolando Escobar, Taraval Station officers working in plainclothes, took over the investigation and contacted a Tactical robbery abatement team. The officers made contact with the suspect and arranged a meeting at the Walgreen’s store at Lombard and Divisadero. When the suspect approached Officer Calaunan, who was posing as the victim, the suspect was advised he was being detained.
The suspect tried to escape but was arrested. The stolen saxaphone was found nearby. The suspect, who lives in the Western Addition, was arrested for an illegal dagger, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and a probation violation. The investigation continues as to the identity of the robber. Case #090957245. This was excellent and thorough police work.
I have to say I’m finding it a bit disturbing that kids seem to be an increasing target for crime now, since it’s presumed they won’t fight back or something. Whatever the reason, it’s really f*cked up and I really hope that this guy gets thrown in jail. I know that is at odds with the policy downtown, but so be it.
Also, the SF Appeal reports of more stolen smartphone incidents. It’s very easy to be so absorbed in whatever it is you’re doing on your iPhone, Blackberry, etc. that you become unaware of your surroundings. Always be aware you’re in public with an expensive piece of fence-able product, and change your headphones to something NOT the iPhone/iPod white ones to be safe.
UPDATE: In Friday’s SF Weekly blog, word on the street is that 40 undercover cops are going to be working some of the more problematic lines on Muni. This is good news. FINALLY someone is at least doing SOMETHING….