Albie Esparza

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    July 3, 2014

    Watch This Guy With a Knife Chase People Around Union Square

    We're not really sure what's going on here, but someone caught video footage of an unidentified knife-wielding man who was seen chasing a group of guys around Union Square the other day.

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    June 30, 2014

    Two Women Beaten in Alleged Gay Bashing

    Two women were attacked on Pink Saturday in what police are saying is a possible hate crime. At about 5:33 p.m., a 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman were walking south along Ninth Street near Mission Street when a group of six men approached and began kicking and punching them. One of th ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Armed Robbery Suspect Barricades Himself in Bayview Building

    San Francisco police have descended upon the Bayview where an armed robbery suspect has barricaded himself inside a building. The story is unfolding as we type, so details are scarce right now. However, Officer Albie Esparza tells us the cops are at the 1300 block of Hudson Street where they're se ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    101-Year-Old Man Missing in San Francisco

    Authorities are asking for your help in locating 101-year-old Peh Hsiung who has been missing since yesterday morning. Officer Albie Esparza says Hsiung was last seen at his residence on the 400 block of 15th Avenue in San Francisco's Richmond District. He was is considered "at risk" due his age a ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Allegedly Drunk Woman Hits Cops With Her Car, Then Runs Off

    Apparently, someone didn't read our memo about the DUI checkpoints/lots of cops on the roads this past weekend. A 24-year-old woman spent part of her weekend in detox after allegedly getting hammered and driving her car into a San Francisco police patrol car. According to Officer Albie Esparza, th ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    San Francisco Cops Shoot Pit Bull

    A San Francisco pit bull is in recovery this morning after police shot the pup in the leg during a domestic dispute last night. According to police reports, the cops were called to the 100 block of Brookdale Avenue at about 9:19 p.m. om reports of a domestic fight. When the cops arrived, the pit b ... 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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

    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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    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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    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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    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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