Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Fiery News, Coin Theft, Guilty Urinator


San Francisco sees it’s fair share of crime — some serious, some less so. Here at SF Weekly, we’re paying attention to all of it — from the mundane to the bizarre. Here’s a roundup of some of the weirder situations that went down in our 49 square miles this week:

Stealing From A Senior
An 82-year-old man was hanging out in his car near Turk and Octavia streets at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, when five young men in their 20s approached him, with a gun drawn. They demanded his wallet, and once he handed it over, they fled the scene.

Relaxed Burglar
On Tuesday morning around 2:30 a.m. an 80-year-old woman woke up at her house on Post Street in Japantown to find a man in his 30s sitting on her sofa. He got up and left the house, after which the victim discovered her debit card, ID and medication were missing.

Smoky Hot Prowl
Shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday evening, a woman was awoken by someone kicking down her apartment door on Mason near Market streets. The suspect, a 42-year-old man, grabbed the victim’s cigarettes and then walked out. No arrest was made.

A Centsless Robbery
A 70-year-old woman who returned from a trip over the weekend reported that “the majority” of her coin collection had been stolen out of her home on Sacramento and Franklin streets. There was no sign of forced entry.

Hot News
Neighbors sprang into action last Saturday night when they noticed a 30-year-old man setting a newspaper stand on fire along Ocean Avenue in Ingleside. People inside a nearby business extinguished the flames and called the police, who arrested the suspect.

From Richmond to Richmond
A 26-year-old ride share driver had a scare on Saturday evening when a man and a woman got in his car at 21st and Anza streets and brandished a gun, asking him to drive to Richmond in the East Bay. Once arriving in Richmond, the couple kicked the driver out of the car and fled the scene with the vehicle.

A Bad Move
A woman in her 20s who was pulled over by police at Sixth and Jessie streets Saturday attempted to drive onto the curb — but somehow ended up backing into the police vehicle. Panicked, she fled the scene. Officers eventually pulled her over and arrested her for assault with a deadly weapon.

Angry Beer Drinker
An intoxicated man hanging out in the middle of Haight Street on Sunday evening caught the attention of a passing police officer, who tried to remove a beer can from his hands. The suspect yanked the can out of reach and grabbed onto the officer’s shirt, causing his body camera to fall loose. The cop flipped the man onto the ground and handcuffed him while calling for backup. When additional forces arrived, they noticed the man was bleeding from his cheek, so summoned an ambulance. During the entire exchange, the suspect continued to be agitated, and spit blood at anyone who came close.

Guilty Urinator
Later that same evening, SFPD saw a man on Haight Street peeing on a patrol vehicle. When they approached him, he apparently stated “I just want to turn myself in. I have warrants.” Further investigation showed that the suspect had an outstanding warrant from Napa County. He was arrested and taken to Park Police Station.

Paper Fire
A 23-year-old woman lit papers on fire at her apartment on Fifth Street in SoMa on Sunday, bringing the San Francisco Fire Department to the scene. But once they arrived she refused to leave the apartment. She was eventually detained for a medical evaluation.

See anything crazy happen in our seven by seven city recently? We want to know about it! Send us a tip to nsawyer@sfweekly.com.

Nuala Sawyer Bishari

Nuala Sawyer Bishari is the News Editor at SF Weekly. You can reach her at (415)-359-2644 or nsawyer@sfweekly.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TheBestNuala or nualawrites.com.

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