Albie Esparza

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    April 10, 2014

    4-Year-Old Kid Hit by Driver in Outer Sunset, Streets Closed

    View Larger Map A 4-year-old kid on a bike was rushed to the hospital this morning after being hit by a car in the city's Outer Sunset neighborhood. Officer Albie Esparza says the child was pedaling along 43rd and Fulton at about 11:45 a.m. when he/she was hit. The child was taken to San Francis ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    SFPD Cop Accused of Child Molestation; Police Refuse to Talk

    Last week, a San Francisco cop was arrested in Concord for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old boy. San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza confirmed a cop had been suspended without pay for an alleged crime in Concord -- but that's as far as he'd go. "You''ll have to get the details fr ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Gun-Happy Fourth of July Revelers, Beware: Police Can Track You

    This Fourth of July, San Francisco police will be working hard to remind you where your independence begins and ends. The cops crafted this pre-Independence Day message for any of those planning to ring in the Fourth of July with a round of celebratory gunfire: It's illegal so don't do it. To be ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Cameron Myers Murder: Cops Arrest Teen in Nevada

    A 15-year-old boy was arrested this week on suspicion of stabbing 20-year-old Cameron Myers to death in the city's Bayview neighborhood. At about 1:40 a.m. on May 15, police were called to the intersection of Innes and Arelious Walker after neighbors heard a man screaming. When the cops arrived th ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Thieves Beat Cash-Counting Man Unconscious

    San Francisco police are looking for two men who reportedly pistol-whipped another man as he was counting his cash in the Tenderloin last night. Officer Albie Esparza says the 45-year-old victim was walking out of a money cashing business on Turk and Jones streets, assessing his new wealth when tw ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Boozed Up Bro Commits Ultimate Party Foul: Punches Cop

    Alcohol almost always influences you to do stupid things: make out with that ugly chick/dude, take a crap on BART, drive your mother's car, or call a news station claiming you saw a UFO. Go ahead and add punching a cop to that list. San Francisco police arrested a 37-year-old man who was either ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Violent Weekend in S.F.; Beaten Elderly Man Dies, Lawrence Collins Shot in the Head

    San Francisco police say two people were killed over the weekend, including a 78-year-old man who died from his injuries after being assaulted last month. Officer Albie Esparza says that on Friday at about 5:45 p.m. the Medical Examiner's Office notified police that the elderly man who was assault ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Cyclist Hit and Dragged by City Street Sweeper

    A San Francisco cyclist is in critical condition today after he was pinned underneath a street sweeper vehicle when he collided with the truck early this morning in the city's SOMA neighborhood According to police, the accident happened at about 12:30 a.m. when the street sweeper vehicle made a tu ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Five Arrested in Connection to Murder of Stephen Reid, Man Found Gagged and Bound

    San Francisco police announced arrests in the gruesome case where a man and a teen were found gagged and tied on a street in the city's Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Sunday. Officer Albie Esparza said five people were arrested, but only two were booked for the murder of Stephen Reid, 26, who d ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Assault Suspect Climbs Up Building on Embarcadero, Halts Traffic (Update)

    Update 4:10 p.m.: The suspect finally came down from the scaffolding and was taken away in handcuffs by an ambulance. At this point, traffic is still stopped. Update 3:35 p.m.: The suspect has been negotiating with officers, who have backed off a little. The man has climbed inside the scaffolding ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Suspicious Package in Downtown, Restaurants Evacuated, Streets Closed to Traffic (Update)

    (Update 3:42 p.m.) Police have declared the suspicious package totally harmless after inspecting the contents in the bag. According to news reports, the bomb squad used robot devices to examine the suitcase and all was clear by 3:30 p.m. Police send their apologies for the drama, which included traf ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    Man Mysteriously Loses Earlobe at BART Station

    People lose a lot of things at BART -- bags, cell phones, cameras, joints -- but it's damn near never that someone loses an earlobe. But that's what happened Saturday night on the 16th Street BART plaza. According to Officer Albie Esparza, a 46-year-old man was headed to BART at about 9:22 p.m. when ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Violent Weekend in San Francisco: Four Killed, Elderly Woman Beaten

    It was a bloody weekend in San Francisco, where four people were stabbed and shot to death and a 94-year-old woman was brutally attacked in broad daylight. We already reported earlier this morning two of the homicides that happened on Saturday. In the first incident, 19-year-old Jose Escobar wa ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    The Cops Want Your Valium

    The SFPD is onto you again, but this time the cops are coming for your drugs -- prescription drugs, that is.This weekend local police will turn a blind eye to your pill-popping habits in an effort to stop the spread of prescription drug abuse.All you have to do is drop all your unused, unwanted, or ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Watch Out for This Crazy Latin Lotto Scam

    It's not just the Asian community being scammed out of jewelry and cash. San Francisco police are now reporting a trend of Latina women being duped into cleaning out their bank accounts.According to Officer Albie Esparza, two women -- both Spanish-speaking -- have already reported being victims of w ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Christopher Torii Smith Accused of Being Drunk and Beating Man at Giants Game

    The Los Angeles Dodgers weren't the only ones who took a beating at AT&T Park Sunday night.   San Francisco police tracked down a drunken baseball fan who allegedly beat up another man inside a bathroom at the stadium for unknown reasons. Officer Albie Esparza tells us that  26-year-ol ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Woman Beaten and Robbed in Russian Hill

    A 27-year-old woman was attacked last night as she walked through the city's Russian Hill neighborhood. At about 10:30 p.m., the victim was on the corner of Larkin and Greenwich streets when an unknown man walked up to her and pepper-sprayed her in the face. And when that didn't work, the robber sta ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Lionel Parisi Identified as Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

    A 65-year-old man was killed early Saturday morning after he collided with another vehicle in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood. At about 7:50 a.m., Lionel Parisi was driving along Post Street when a driver on Van Ness ran a red light and hit Parisi on his motorcycle.  Parisi was pronounced dead ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    SFPD Warning Kids Not to Attend Illegal Rave Planned for Tomorrow Night

    San Francisco police are asking all you ravers to leave your pacifiers at home and stay away from Treasure Island this weekend, where an illegal rave is reportedly being planned. Officer Albie Esparza tells us that a parent tipped off SFPD, saying that kids are planning to attend this rave on Yerba ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    S.F. Man Tased, Robbed in the Outer Sunset

    Well this is scary. A 34-year-old man awoke on the pavement in the Outer Sunset District last night with some pain to his abdomen and his wallet missing. According to police, the victim was walking home at 9:31 p.m. when he was tased while at the intersection of the Great Highway and Noriega.

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    June 7, 2012

    Police Need Your Help Finding Poland Man's Special Needs Bike

    San Francisco police are investigating another stolen bike incident in the city, but this one is particularly At 10 a.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Linden Alley where a man told him his custom hand-cranked bicycle that's specially equipped for a handicapped person was stolen. The $13, ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Watch These S.F. Cops on Bikes Roll Through a Stop Sign

    It's always fun to bust a cop -- even thought there's really nothing you can do about it. But it's also frustrating to see our men (and women) in blue break the laws they are cracking on us. As noted by the Uptown Almanac, local cyclist Amy Farah Weiss was particularly pissy over this video she caug ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Cyclist

    ​Update (10:13 a.m.): Police say the cyclist who hit an elderly man in the Castro this morning might have run a red light. Police are investigating separate accidents where two pedestrians were hit -- one by a cyclist and another who was possibly struck by a Muni bus in a hit-and-run.Firefighters ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    SFPD Asks Public to Help Find Missing Teen

    ​Police issued an alert this afternoon for a missing 17-year-old boy who was last seen leaving his father's home in San Francisco on Jan. 22.Police say Royal Foote has not been to school since that day over a month ago. Officer Albie Esparza said the boy has no known medical conditions and is ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    SFPD's Ugly History with Pepper Spray

    ​When San Francisco Police came calling in June of 1995, 37-year-old Aaron Williams probably didn't think it would be his last day on Earth. But as the pet-store-burglary suspect emerged from his house, a dozen officers piled on him. Police pepper-sprayed him, restrained him, and placed him face-d ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Cops Crack Down on Cyclists

    Don't worry, son. I have handbrakes. ​The hefty cop with the handlebar mustache had a problem with a handlebar of a different sort. "Look," he yelled at the despondent fixie-riding hipster he'd just flagged down, "do you have brakes on this thing or not?" This didn't happen just once. At least one ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Update: Cyclist Hit Near the Embarcadero Made an Illegal Turn

    Cyclist killed​Update 2 p.m.: Lieutenant Troy Dangerfield told us that the 25-year-old Asian woman is still in critical condition after being hit by a food delivery truck this morning. He said the cyclist made an illegal left hand turn in front of the truck when she was hit. The woman, who was not ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Speeding Cyclist Blows Red Light and Nearly Kills Granny

    A crash that doesn't involve a car​UPDATE: The SF Bike Coalition responds to last week's accident. Read after the jump. Original Story 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 15: This morning traffic was backed up on the Embarcadero after a cyclist ran a red light, hitting a pedestrian. According to police, the v ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Weinstein Gallery: Thief Takes Off with High-Priced Art

    A real piece of work, I tell you ​UPDATE 4:34 p.m.: Gallery manager talks about the theft and provides details of stolen piece. Read more after jump. San Francisco could have another Terry Helbing on its  hands. Police are saying that at about 11:41 a.m, a man walked into the Weinstein Galley ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Louisiana Kidnapping Update: Police Release Suspect Details

    Working with SFPD to solve a kidnapping case​Police are looking for a heavy-set man with rotting teeth, saying he might be responsible for kidnapping a Louisiana woman and driving her to San Francisco before booting her out of the car. Officer Albie Esparza told the Examiner's Mike Aldax that the ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Angry Driver Shoots S.F. Parking and Traffic Employee

    More like raging lunatic ​Police are on the hunt for a raging driver who gunned down a San Francisco Parking employee  as he cruised through the Bayview District early this morning. Police say at about 8:30 a.m. today, a Department of Parking and Traffic worker was driving through the Bayview ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    San Francycle: So Are Bikes Allowed to Take the Lane or Not?

    ​Can you believe how many commenters on last week's article took the position that because some cyclists break the law, it is okay for drivers to hit any cyclist that they see with their cars? Crazy! We racked up 178 comments, mostly expressing frustration at cyclists who ride through stop si ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Dumb Thief Steals Police Car at Crime Scene

    WTF?​Now here's a great episode for Bait Car -- the reality show where cops leave vehicles on the streets, hoping to tempt alleged thieves into stealing cars just so they can bust them.Police are looking for a ballsy man who stole an unmarked police car as cops responded to a call at Golden Gate P ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    S.F. Homebuyer Finds Grenade Inside Her New Noe Valley House

    Surely, this would lower the housing price​A San Francisco woman was enjoying her newly purchased home in Noe Valley when she came across the most unexpected housewarming gift: a hand grenade. On Monday at about 3 p.m., the woman was cleaning out a bedroom cabinet inside her home on the unit block ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Pot Busts Are a High Priority for Cops -- But They Shouldn't Be

    Waiting for Godot to fire up a joint​It's long been the desire of voters and San Francisco lawmakers that the city's peace officers enforce all other crimes before busting adults smoking pot. In light of this, it's hard for pot advocates to figure out why undercover police spent 30 minutes on Marc ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Teens Get Off Muni, Shoot Man in BayView

    Brazen gunfire​An 18-year-old man was shot by a two teens as they got off of a Muni bus in the Baview District early Thursday morning in what police are calling an unusually brazen and disturbing shooting. Police told SF Weekly that the teens were riding the 44 bus when it came to a stop at Palou ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Porta-Potti Goes Up in Flames: Is The Outhouse Arsonist Back?

    Making a comeback?​Certainly, SF Weekly readers have not forgotten the bizarre string of outhouse arson fires that made international news back in 2009. Now police are reporting a possible comeback of the hot vandalism with a suspicious porta-potti fire on Tuesday in the Marina District. At about ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Coffee Fiend Rips Off Barista Supplies From Bernal Heights Grocery Store

    What would you do for one more cup ...​There are people who need their coffee. And there are people who would be willing to go to jail for their morning coffee. Last week, a grocery store told police that an unknown man ran inside the neighborhood shop, grabbed part of the store's coffee maker and ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Muni Passenger Robbed While Sending Text Message

    OMG, watch your back!​So it's dangerous to drive and text, but apparently, it's no safer to tap away at the keys on your iPhone while riding public transit. Police have already warned of a new crop of easy targets for robbery: People walking, standing, or doing whatever while sending and receiving ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Sunset Shooting Victim Knew His Attacker, Police Say

    ​A man peppered with gunfire Saturday night as he sat in his car was not the victim of a haphazard shooting, police told SF Weekly. A 27-year-old Caucasian was hit with multiple shots in front of his residence in the 500 block of Noriega late Saturday, and forced into overnight surgery. "The suspe ... More >>

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    September 6, 2010

    'Skyscraperman' Dan Goodwin Arrested After Climbing Millennium Tower

    Is that Spider Dan? ​Update, 6:30 p.m.: Police have identified today's Millennium Tower climber as Dan Goodwin. See below for more details. The San Francisco Police Department confirmed that a climber calling himself "Skyscraperman" was arrested at 5:30 after completing an ascent of San Francisco' ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    SFPD Spokesman Albie Esparza *Not* the Victim of Road Rage

    Albie is that you?​We couldn't help but notice a Web report earlier today that 52-year-old Albie Esparza was nearly hit with a car, then beaten with a bat and knocked to the ground last night in an apparent road rage incident. Esparza, it was reported, suffered life-threatening injuries. There's o ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Philip DiMartino's Murderer: Hispanic Man With Cut Hand?

    Does the description of Philip DiMartino's potential killer ring a bell?​San Francisco Police are appealing to the public to help them capture the person who stabbed 36-year-old marketing executive Philip DiMartino to death. A possible description has been released of the murderer, though it's a b ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Buena Vista Park Drinker Stabbed to Death

    ​An man drinking in Buena Vista Park yesterday morning was set upon and stabbed by one of his fellow drinkers. He died on the scene at around 10 a.m. after being carried from the park to the street below. The man, apparently a transient, has not yet been identified by the San Francisco Medical Exa ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Two ATMs Carried Off, Two Weeks. More Than a Coincidence?

    I'll take the ATM to go, please...​You'd think there'd be easier ways of robbing an ATM than carting the whole thing off -- it's a bit like stealing the tree to get the apples. But that has been the method of choice in consecutive weeks at San Francisco gas stations. In mid-month, unknown miscrean ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Apparent Jumper Dies at Third and Stevenson

    A person has leaped to his or her death at Third and Stevenson in SOMA, according to reports received by SF Weekly and confirmed by the medical examiner's office.

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    May 27, 2010

    Police Mum on 'Suspicious Device' Detonated by Bomb Squad

    Boom! What was that? ​Yesterday, after reports of a suspicious package at 18th and Ord were relayed to police, the bomb squad moved in and noisily detonated said package. Yet whether the "suspicious device rendered safe" was a bomb, a box of used pinball machine parts, or, as in the past, some sap ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Bevy of Charges Await Driver Shot By Police Officer

    The female driver witnesses watched crash into at least five cars in SOMA before being shot by a police officer who claims she was attempting to run him over is recovering from her wounds in General Hospital.  But the driver's speedy recovery comes with an unpleasant caveat. "When she's medica ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Third Swarming Attack on T-Third Line; Police Beef Up Presence

    San Francisco Police believe a 15-year-old boy charged last week in the March 22 attack of a 57-year-old Asian woman caught in the above recording may be part of a larger group of teens swarming and beating riders of the T-Third line. On Jan. 24, a group of black teenagers attacked and severely be ... More >>

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