SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Police in San Francisco arrested an alleged gang member and one other in connection with a cache of guns reportedly found inside of the football stadium’s bathroom earlier in October.
Police in San Francisco on Friday confirmed the arrest of an armed gang member and an accomplice who allegedly tried to hide guns in the Kezar Stadium bathroom during a Thursday high school football game. https://t.co/Uup21SOy4P
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) October 9, 2021
San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Raj Vaswani confirmed the arrest of two individuals, identified as a 18-year-old male and a 35-year-old female, regarding a stash of guns found inside of the Kezar Stadium bathroom during a high school football game on October 7th.
Officer Raj Vaswani noted in the post on Twitter that one of the two suspects is an alleged gang member but did not specific whether it was the male or female taken into custody.
Great arrest by #SFPD @SFPDPark & CVRT, arrested a gang member and accomplice with guns at the Mission HS and Balboa HS game yesterday at Kezar Stadium. An 18 y/o male & 35 y/o female were arrested,both residents of SF. They tried to hide the gun in the bathroom but were unable pic.twitter.com/ouvVdOlMB3
— R. Vaswani (@sfvas) October 8, 2021
The identifies of the two suspects arrested were also not released, nor did police suggest any possible motives or intentions associated with the weapons located inside of the stadium bathroom.
It’s unclear as of this writing what specific charges the two are currently facing.
In other news regarding San Francisco Police, homicide investigators recently made an arrest regarding a murder that occurred as a result of an assault that transpired in late September.
San Francisco Police Make Arrest in Mission District Homicide
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) October 5, 2021
Officers from the San Francisco Police Department went to the 1400 block of Treat Way on October 1st to investigate a homicide.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office called SFPD Homicide detectives and informed them that a 34-year-old male victim had died that day, and that his death was most likely the consequence of an unreported assault that happened on Treat Way and Kamille Court on September 28th.
On the evening of the assault, witnesses told investigators that the victim was with a group of individuals in the vicinity of Treat Way and Kamille Court when an unknown suspect approached the victim and struck him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he eventually died from his injuries.
The homicide suspect was later identified as 32-year-old Asafo Ia, according to police.
Ia reportedly turned himself in to authorities on October 4th at approximately 10:30 p.m. without incident.
Authorities say that Ia was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder and also failing to register as a sex offender. The suspect is currently being held at the San Francisco County Jail.
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Proposed legislation in police-defunded San Francisco would allow deputies to work retail security
(Originally published September 30th, 2021)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Legislation is being proposed in San Francisco that would allow for sheriff’s deputies to work as added security at retail stores throughout the city, a measure being entertained with the ongoing organized retail theft that has been taking place in recent months.
— NAORCA Worldwide (@NAORCA12) September 29, 2021
As we’ve previously reported here at Law Enforcement Today, retail theft in San Francisco has become a serious problem since the summer of 2021 – instances of retail theft have become all the more brazen and are posing risks of smaller stores possibly closing due to the impact of losses.
In San Francisco, currently only police officers are allowed to obtain overtime by picking up extra shifts posted at retail stores working as security – but proposed legislation would allow for sheriff’s deputies to do the same, if passed.
Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who is proposing the legislation, said that various other retailers refer to San Francisco as being “the epicenter” of retail theft in the country:
“We heard from retailers that San Francisco is the epicenter of organized retail crime in the United States, in their opinion.”
Safai also added that the way his legislation would work would impose no costs to taxpayers, explaining that retail outlets would directly contract with the sheriff’s department to organize compensation for the deputies who’d opt-in for these overtime opportunities:
“Essentially a private entity or an event contacts the city, in this situation, the sheriff department or police department and they would say they are going to pay for these services so they contract with the city.”
Sheriff Paul Miyamoto noted that if the legislation passes, his hope that the mere presence of deputies would make it so would-be offenders wouldn’t even consider attempting to shoplift:
“Our intent isn’t to go out and make a lot of arrests, our intent is to deter people from even thinking about committing the crime in the first place.”
This legislation will be further discussed and voted on by the Board of Supervisors as early as this upcoming November.
As mentioned earlier, we at Law Enforcement Today have previously reported on the impact of organized retail theft in San Francisco. Earlier in September, the mayor and chief of police announced new strategies they’ll be employing to also curb said criminal activity.
Here’s that previous report.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In response to the uptick and brazenness of retail theft in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed, along with San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, announced a new initiative to address retail theft that has been impacting businesses all over the city.
Only on ABC7 – A San Francisco boutique owner says her Fillmore Street store has been robbed three times this year… never before in her 20 years in the neighborhood.
She says none of her other 11 stores in CA or across the U.S. get robbed… just SF.https://t.co/mVNBCEyo4R
— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) September 23, 2021
Over the past summer, numerous videos and reports of theft occurring in San Francisco wound up going viral. One incident from July involved numerous suspects shoplifting dozens of handbags from a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco’s Union Square.
Video was captured from the July 5th shoplifting incident, showing multiple suspects running out of the Neiman Marcus with stolen goods in hand.
SFPD confirms this shoplifting incident at Neiman Marcus in Union Square at about 5:49 pm.
A man I spoke w/tonite says his wife works in area, saw it happen & sent me this video which is circulating online.
Handbags at Palo Alto NM were also stolen in a similar fashion in May pic.twitter.com/KOSY8sbaGO
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 6, 2021
Perhaps one of the more brazen instances of shoplifting caught on camera in San Francisco over the summer occurred at the Walgreens back in June.
The video in question depicted a male suspect bring a bicycle and a garbage bag inside of the Walgreens and start filling up the garbage bag in full view of customers and employees – seemingly unbothered by his crimes being filmed on cellphones by onlookers.
Mayor Breed and Police Chief Scott acknowledged the impact of these crimes, as well as the videos of them, with Chief Scott saying that because of the brazenness of these acts, “people then start fearing crime, even if they haven’t been victimized.”
Under the newly announced organized retail theft initiative, San Francisco Police and the city will rollout the following:
- San Francisco Police will expand their retail crime unit from 2 to 6 full-time investigators
- Expanding San Francisco’s ambassador program from 8 to 25 employees
- Updated online crime reporting features where tipsters can include a suspect description through the online form
Chief Scott said that instances of retail theft seem to be getting under reported as well, so authorities hope that improving reporting in conjunction with response efforts will help curb these sorts of offenses.
The police chief said that in the meantime, locals will have to employ “the eye test” while out about their business, to see whether things are changing through increased efforts:
“In the meantime, a lot of it is the eye test. If you are out shopping and doing what you do in the city, and you’re seeing these things occur, we want you to see less of it, we don’t want you to see it all!”
Margaret O’Leary, the owner of the 12-store chain of the same namesake, remarked that her store location on Fillmore Street in San Francisco had never been robbed in 20 years – until this past year, where it has been robbed three times.
Video surveillance captured during one of the robberies show multiple suspects running off with roughly $10,000 worth of merchandise in a matter of seconds.
O’Leary says that she’s had to limit visible inventory in the store to reduce the potential impact if robbed again:
“It looks like I’m going out of business, but this is what I have to do.”
O’Leary says that there have been no arrests in any of the three instances her store location was robbed, and notes that some of her employees are both frightened and have quit over the flagrant robberies:
“My employees are scared, some of them have actually quit.”
O’Leary added that the store in San Francisco is the only one that has ever been robbed out of the 12 total locations:
“Not in Mill Valley, not in Berkeley, not in Palo Alto, just Fillmore Street.”
The store owner has employed new anti-theft methods for the Fillmore Street location, such as keeping the entry locked and only opened for knocking customers, placing hangers backwards on clothes racks to make it harder to quickly yank items, and also providing employees with panic buttons.
However, O’Leary says that if the thefts continue at the store location, she’ll be forced to shut down the Fillmore Street store.
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