Intense Sunday Morning Manhunt on Coleridge – Explained!

California Highway Patrol Cessna

I awoke at 7:20 on Sunday morning to the wail of police sirens and the buzz of a small plane over my bedroom doing what sounded like aerobatics. The plane was a California Highway Patrol Cessna flying in a circular observation pattern over northwest Bernal. I then took a peek down Cesar Chavez, just in time to watch four CHP cars go racing past, followed closely by a few SFPD cruisers.

Meanwhile, Reader Matt got a close up look at the action — an apparent manhunt. He writes:

I live on Coleridge near Virginia. My wife had to go to the airport this morning and a cab was scheduled for 7:20. Well, at 7:20 we heard a honk and looked outside. On top of all the weirdness of the morning (sirens, helicopters) we saw six highway patrol cars pulled up out front and 10-14 patrolmen walking around POINTING automatic weapons – shotguns, rifles, and pistols.

My wife opened the door to look for the cab and a cop asked her if she’d seen a man in a yellow shirt. Then four of them went to investigate the small children’s park across the street. One of them stalked a recycling bin like it was a major threat. Several checked under cars and pointed their guns down the small cracks between houses.

One patrolmen with a pistol aimed his gun inside the slide. Wow.

Whoever they were looking for is a bad bad man.

I took a few pics out the window, but I didn’t want to be seen aiming anything at these guys so they’re not the best pics of all-time.

Everybody left about twenty minutes later and my wife made the flight (I drove her – let’s hear it for Bernalwood SFO access!) – but then the cab company called to a) apologize for not showing up and b) explain that the cab driver was assaulted at Coleridge and Virginia by the suspect. Which is probably the honk we heard.

Yikes. No news about this in the mainstream press. Anyone else know more details?

UPDATE:

Readed Unfed was following along at home and explains:

I heard the sirens too so I switched on my police scanner. It turns out the CHP was chasing a guy on 101, apparently the person was exceeding 100MPH. He pulled off the freeway and raced up Bernal Hill and then took off on foot towards Mission St. On Mission he hailed a cab and took it for a little ways (I forget the destination address) and was eventually apprehended. I’m not sure how the cops figured out where the bad guy was, but they were in touch with the cab driver; he was taking them to a location where the bad guy may have dropped something and was giving them access to the cab’s video.

Interestingly, there were so many Ingleside and Mission cops involved that the dispatcher was warning of backed up calls. At one point she said there were seven calls waiting.

PHOTOS: CHP Airplane, Telstar Logistics. Manhunt, by Reader Matt.

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12 thoughts on “Intense Sunday Morning Manhunt on Coleridge – Explained!

  1. No, but at about 10pm last night, we heard a single gunshot fired, probably on Nevada Street near Jarboe. About ten minutes later we heard a police radio.

  2. I heard the sirens too so I switched on my police scanner. It turns out the CHP was chasing a guy on 101, apparently the person was exceeding 100MPH. He pulled off the freeway and raced up Bernal Hill and then took off on foot towards Mission St. On Mission he hailed a cab and took it for a little ways (I forget the destination address) and was eventually apprehended. I’m not sure how the cops figured out where the bad guy was, but they were in touch with the cab driver; he was taking them to a location where the bad guy may have dropped something and was giving them access to the cab’s video.

    Interestingly, there were so may Ingleside and Mission cops involved that the dispatcher was warning of backed up calls. At one point she said there were seven calls waiting.

  3. Probably not related at all, but San Mateo Sherrif’s Office was all over Caltrain around 5:20 PM on Sunday. I’d estimate at least 10 officers in all. Guess it was a bad day to be a fugitive/suspect!

  4. From the Ingleside Station Newsletter Blog:

    http://inglesidepolicestation.blogspot.com/

    Sgt. Miller and various Ingleside police officers assisted the California Highway Patrol to search for a fleeing suspect. They located a victim at the address and it was later learned he was not the suspect they were searching for. The individual, however, had lacerations and a puncture to his left arm. He told the officers that he resides in the upstairs unit and a friend of his resides in the garage. He stated he had argued with the friend earlier and that he had cut him with a knife. The friend had left the area and officers searched unsuccessfully for him. Victim was uncooperative and refused to provide any further information. Victim was transported to the hospital for medical assistance. Report 110412581

  5. Good work, Bernalwood! I was curious about this all day long after seeing the CHP plane, lots of cop cars speeding by my house, and, later, moto-cops on the pedestrian paths in Holly Park.

    • Good question. All I heard on the scanner was that the suspect was wanted for failing to yield and exceeding 100MPH, but maybe there was more.

      Based on the Ingleside report above, it sounds like they got the wrong guy in the cab. Two guys with red hair, yellow shirt, and bleeding would be a mighty big coincidence though, I think there’s a little more to the story than we’ve learned.

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  7. I’m not sure that that’s the right report from the police blotter. It says it took place at 4am. Or maybe just the time was wrong and it’s the right content?

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