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?
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.