Albie Esparza

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    October 16, 2013

    Cops Bust 24 Alleged Drug Dealers by Your Kids' School in the Mission, Bayview

    If you ever wondered whether nefarious people were milling around your child's school dealing drugs and whatnot, the answer is yes. Absolutely. And the cops can prove it. On Sept. 16, the cops launched a two-week campaign to crackdown on bad people doing even worse things within 1,000 feet of scho ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Scaffolding Dangling From Financial District Highrise, Streets Closed

    Streets are closed and traffic is being rerouted in the heart of the Financial District this morning due to a random scaffolding that's hanging from the side of a highrise building. Officer Albie Esparza tells they got a call at about 7 a.m. on reports of the dangling platform on the 300 block of ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Woman Shoots Driver, Bites Her on the Boob During Parking Dispute

    The parking tension in San Francisco just went to a whole new level. A 32-year-old woman is suffering from multiple injuries, including human bites, after she got into a dispute with another woman near the Sunnydale housing projects. Officer Albie Esparza says the incident happened yesterday mor ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Man Stabbed to Death in the Bayview This Morning; Homicide No. 13

    A 20-year-old man was killed early this morning in the city's Bayview district. At about 1:40 a.m., officers were called to the intersection of Innes and Arelious Walker on reports of a man screaming. When the cops arrived they found the victim had been stabbed multiple times in the back.

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    May 15, 2013

    S.F. Cops Raid Church Where Squatters Had Lived for 8 Months

    Early this morning, police moved in on a church in the Ocean View neighborhood where two dozen squatters had taken up residency (aka trespassed) over the last eight months Officer Albie Esparza says police learned of the squatting a few weeks ago, but because the group has been there for at least ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Recology Truck Crushes 7-Year-Old Girl's Foot

    A 7-year-old girl and her grandmother were hit by a garbage truck early Wednesday morning as the two were walking in Telegraph Hill. Officer Albie Esparza says the accident happened just before 8 a.m. when the girl and her 66-year-old grandmother were walking across the street at Broadway and the ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Hector Arana Identified as Elderly Pedestrian Killed in the Outer Mission

    Authorities say it was 69-year-old Hector Arana who was hit by a car and killed while walking in the Outer Mission yesterday morning. According to Officer Albie Esparza, Arana was walking in the roadway at San Jose and Liebig Street at about 6:26 a.m. when he was hit by a car that had been driving ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    David Biddle Identified as Body Found at Pier 48 Yesterday

    Medical authorities say it was 57-year-old David Biddle's body that was found in the water at Pier 48 yesterday, however authorities do not yet know what happened to him. Officer Albie Esparza says the call came in yesterday just before 10:40 a.m. on reports of a body floating in the water near Chin ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Body Found at Pier 48

    San Francisco Police officers have located a body off Pier 48 that appears to have been there for some time. Officer Albie Esparza says police in the Marina District got a call at about 10:37 a.m. on reports of a body. The Medical Examiner has taken over the investigation to determine cause of dea ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Bomb Squad Investigating Military Explosive Found Near AT&T Park (Update)

    Update 12:46 p.m.: Officer Albie Esparza says the area is now clear and the suspicious device was just that: suspicious. According to Esparza, the item that was found was a harmless military box filled with miscellaneous items. You can all go back to work now. Original story: Streets near AT&T Park ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    S.F. Man Critically Injured in Tenderloin Stabbing

    San Francisco logged another stabbing early this morning when a 34-year-old man was slashed in the chest n the city's Tenderloin neighborhood. Officer Albie Esparza says the cops don't have much details on the incident, as the victim refused to talk to police about it. But here's what we can tell ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Person Shot in Head During Home Invasion Robbery This Morning

    San Francisco police are looking for two gun-toting men who forced their way into a residence in the Mission Terrace neighborhood this morning where one person was shot. Officer Albie Esparza told us the home invasion happened at 10:39 a.m. on the 200 block of San Juan Avenue. He's not sure how th ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Man Found Gagged and Bound in Bayview Dies

    A man died last night after police found him and an unidentified woman lying in the middle of the street, bound and gagged. According to Officer Albie Esparza, at about 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 900 block of Brussels where the two victims were discovered unconscious.

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    December 6, 2012

    Men Pistol-Whipped, Kidnapped in Castro

    San Francisco police are investigating a scary incident where two men were violently attacked while parking their car in the Castro neighborhood recently. On Nov. 30, the two men were getting out of the car after parking at 18th and Hartford streets at about 1:30 a.m. when two guys with guns appro ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    Man Shot to Death in Hayes Valley; Homicide No. 63

    An unidentified man was killed Tuesday night in a shooting incident in the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood. According to Officer Albie Esparza, officers were called to the 700 block of Grove Street just before 8 p.m. on reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found the victim suffering fr ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Muni Bus Hits Pedestrian

    Last night a man was hit by the 71 bus at 6:20 p.m. at 6th and Market. The bus knocked him into a nearby guide rail. He was transported to a local hospital with head and shoulder injuries.The incident is still being investigated, according to Officer Albie Esparza.

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    October 22, 2012

    Damien Ford, James Ross Accused of Series of Armed Robberies

    San Francisco police have arrested two men who allegedly committed two back-to-back armed robberies in less than an hour on Saturday.Officer Albie Esparza tells us that about 9 p.m. the two robbers walked into a store on the 200 block of Noe Street -- one was armed with a shotgun, and both men had t ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Occupy Camp Cleared Out, Multiple Protesters Arrested

    That makeshift Occupy camp that had become a fixture in downtown San Francisco is no more. According to press reports, some 70 police officers raided the small camp late last night, arresting 20 or so protesters. The drama started about 11:35 p.m., when police surrounded the campsite on Market Stree ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Here's How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of That Weird Chinese Ghost Scam

    Those con artists who've been duping your parents and grandparents out of money and valuables are considered pretty darn good at what they do, which is why it might behoove you to attend tomorrow's community meeting. The District Attorney's Office is hosting a town hall meeting to teach attendees ho ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    Woman Stabbed Repeatedly While Sitting in Her Car in the Mission

    A 27-year-old woman is in the hospital with life threatening injuries today after she was brutally attacked while she sat inside her car in the Mission District early this morning. Officer Albie Esparza says the woman was sitting in the front seat of her car parked near 21st and Shotwell streets whe ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Beware: Blue-Tape Bandits Stick Ingleside Homes

    We're not sure about you, but when we think of burglars, we tend to imagine a desperate dude (possibly drunk) making his way into a home, grabbing the loot, and making a run for it in an unidentified car. What we don't expect is for a successful burglary to be carried out by someone like Shy Ronnie. ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Slew of Weekend Accidents Kills Four

    It was a deadly weekend for motorists and pedestrians in San Francisco, where five separate accidents killed four people, including a 17-year-old boy. As we reported earlier, 28-year-old Mary Doering was killed in a car accident on Highway 280 on Friday night; traffic was blocked for at least an hou ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Two Killed in Daytime Brawl (Update)

    Update (4:20 p.m.) Officer Albie Esparza just got back from the scene and tells us that both males who were shot have died. They were only described as being in their early 20s. Investigators are out there combing the area for evidence. Police say a lot of people witnessed the shooting, and are aski ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Father and Son Arrested in Shooting of 14-Year-Old Boy

    A 17-year-old kid and his stepfather were arrested today in connection to a shooting of another teen in the city's Western Addition neighborhood earlier this week. Officer Albie Esparza says a search warrant led police to the teen and his stepfather, 39-year-old Marcus Leslie, both of whom were book ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Masked Gunman Opens Fire in the Mission District

    Just as everyone's nerves are still rattled over the Colorado theater massacre, a masked gunman reportedly opened fire in broad daylight in the city's Mission District yesterday. Officer Albie Esparza tells us that quite a few people called police around 2 p.m. to report the shooting; they all claim ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Suspicious Package Found on Beach Street Just Harmless Apparel

    (Update 11 a.m.): Officer Albie Esparza said the suspicious package turned out to be nothing but a bag filled with clothes. All streets are open to traffic again. Phew. (Original story 9:40 a.m.): Officer Albie Esparza has informed us that a suspicious package has been located on the 1600 block of B ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Darius Williams Identified as Man Killed Near Sunnydale Housing Projects, Homicide No. 35

    The man who was shot early Wednesday morning at the Sunnydale Housing projects has died. Medical authorities have identified the victim as 22-year-old Darius Williams of Pinole.According to Officer Albie Esparza, police were called to the 100 block of Blythedale just before 6 a.m. on reports of a ma ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Pizza Man Carjacked in Bayview

    A pizza man was unwittingly delivering more than just a large pepperoni last night to a hungry trio in the Bayview. According to police reports, the 46-year-old pizza man was getting out of his car on McKinnon and Mendell to deliver a piping-hot pie when three unkind men held him up at gunpoint. The ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Two Men Shot in Ingleside, One Critically Injured

    Police had a rude awakening in the Ingleside neighborhood this morning where there were two separate shootings, just a few miles apart from each other.At 4:15 a.m., a 50-year-old Hispanic male was waiting at the bus stop at Geneva and Cayuga avenues when he was approached by two African-American mal ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Construction Site of New Condos Catches Fire

    A construction site went up in flames early Saturday morning in the city's Hunters Point neighborhood in what appears to be a very suspicious fire.Press reports say the blaze started at 4 a.m. at West Point and Middle Point roads, and firefighters had the fire under control by 5:30 a.m. According to ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Elderly Woman in Serious Condition After Being Hit by Alleged Drunk Driver

    An 80-year-old woman is clinging to life today after she was hit by a drunk driver late last night in the city's Cow Hollow neighborhood. According to Officer Albie Esparza, the woman was crossing the street at Van Ness and Vallejo streets at about 11:40 p.m.when a black four-door sedan hi ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Man Shot in Head as He Was Driving, Homicide No. 29

    Police are investigating an early-morning homicide in the city's Bayview neighborhood where a 22-year-old man was shot in the head while in his car. According to Officer Albie Esparza, the victim was driving near the intersection of Meade and La Conte at about 2 a.m. when he was shot in the head. Hi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Angry Cab Driver Beats Passenger With Tire Iron in Marina

    Yesterday we told you that being a local cab driver is about as dangerous as being an unarmed cop. But being a passenger in a cab can also be risky, especially if your cabbie is armed.Just after midnight on Wednesday, a cab driver picked up his fare and was driving him to the corner of Filbert and V ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Elderly Woman Carjacked in Financial District, Two Arrested

    Two men led police on a high-speed chase across the Bay Bridge after carjacking an elderly woman in the city's Financial District. Officer Albie Esparza says the 83-year-old woman was parked in her van on the corner of Battery and Washington streets at about 1:40 a.m. when two men approached her and ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Man in Critical Condition After Being Beaten Near Bay to Breakers Route

    A 30-year-old man is in critical condition this morning after he was sucker-punched in Golden Gate Park Sunday afternoon, just a few blocks from the Bay to Breakers route, police said.Officer Albie Esparza couldn't confirm whether the suspects or the victim had participated in the annual footrace; h ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Philthy Rich, Oakland Rapper, Arrested at S.F. Rap Concert

    ​San Francisco police arrested three men, including Oakland rapper Philip Beasley (aka Philthy Rich) during a Sunday morning rap concert at the Rock-It Room Club in the Richmond District. According to police, officers arrested Beasley, 29, of Hayward; his promoter, Samuel Burns III, 33, of Vallejo ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Woman Beaten, Kidnapped in Bernal Heights

    ​Police are spreading the word about an unusual kidnapping that occurred in broad daylight over the weekend. According to Officer Albie Esparza, a woman was driving on the corner of Cortland and Bayshore Boulevard at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday when she saw two men beating another female in the mi ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Employee Allegedly Robs Own Store, Forgets Surveillance Camera Is on

    Some people just don't make enough time for a square meal ​Here's a good one for dumbcrooks.comA woman working at a commercial store on the 2700 block of Mission Street had the brilliant idea of staging a fake robbery inside her own store. But her brilliance was quickly eclipsed by her idiocy when ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Man Attacked in Gay Hate Crime Near San Francisco State

    Yet another reason we aren't the gayest city in the nation​Police are looking for three men who jumped a 20-year-old San Francisco man early this morning in what officers are calling a clear hate crime. According to Officer Albie Esparza, the victim was walking along Font and Tapia near San Franci ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Cyclist Seriously Hurt in Hit-and-Run Accident

    ​Police are asking for the public's help in finding the driver who struck a cyclist in the Ingleside neighborhood Sunday morning before speeding off. According to police, the cyclist was hit shortly after midnight on Sunday as the victim was pedaling on Geneva and Ocean avenues. The driver left th ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Stranded Burglary Suspect to Cops: I Don't Want Any Help. Go Away.

    (Update 11:11 a.m.): Per Lieutenant Liam Frost (above), the suspect is refusing to talk to cops -- but chattily answering their questions anyway. The suspect -- described by cops as a 5-foot-7, 170-pound white man in his 20s or 30s -- says he doesn't want any help, and would like police to leave. (U ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Man on Muni Brutally Stabbed Over Cellphone

    What's wrong with people?​As the old adage says ... no good deed goes unpunished.A 50-year-old man was riding the Muni bus through the Tenderloin Monday night when the passenger next to him asked to borrow his cellphone. The kind man agreed to let the stranger use his phone, but the communication ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Major Traffic Accident Closes Geary Boulevard, Pedestrian Critically Hurt

    Bad accident ... be careful out there​Police are advising motorists that Geary Boulevard near 10th Avenue is closed after a car hit a pedestrian this morning. There was very little information at publication time, but according to Officer Albie Esparza, the driver hit the pedestrian, a 70-year-old ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Stolen Church Bell Recovered

    Found!​Earlier this week, we told you about the "metal monsters" who ripped off a historic church bell from St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. Well, now police are happy to report that they have located the 5,300-pound copper bell in West Oakland.According to Officer Albie Esparza, investigato ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Body, Gun Found in Western Addition

    ​Traffic was backed up early this morning near Geary Boulevard after a pedestrian spotted a body in the street by St. Mary's Cathedral. The body was found in the bushes near Geary Boulevard and Gough Street at about 7:30 a.m. Police have very few details about the incident; however, Officer Albie ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Drunk Man Carjacked, Kidnapped, Forced to Strip Naked

    ​If you are wasted when you are carjacked, is it really in your best interest to call the cops? More importantly, does that make you a victim or a criminal -- or both?According to San Francisco police, a highly intoxicated man was cruising through the Bayview neighborhood on Monday night when two ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Anthony Wright Arrested on Suspicion of Shooting Bernal Heights Man in the Head

    ​Update (4:50 p.m.) Police arrested 34-year-old Anthony Wright on suspicion of killing a 28-year-old man who has not yet been identified. Media outlets are reporting that the victim was playing video games with his friends when Wright arrived and shot him in the head. Update (11:00 a.m.) Officer A ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Lost iPhone 5 Prototype: SFPD Says It Has No Records of Investigation

    ​Yesterday we related an interesting scoop that popped up on CNET: the tech-news site reported that a prototype of Apple's latest iPhone model had been lost in a San Francisco bar, echoing a similar incident last year that led to embarrassment for Apple and legal threats against the gadget blog Gi ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Toddler Run Over by Car in Critical Condition

    Toddler in critical condition​Police say a 3-year-old boy is in critical condition this morning after being run over by a car as the driver backed out of his residence Sunday afternoon. According to police reports, a neighbor yelled at the driver to stop his car because the child was stuck underne ... More >>

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