Criminal Lawyer San Francisco

San Francisco Woman is the Victim of a Random Assault

Early evening on Saturday, August 20th, a woman in her 50s was brutally assaulted in broad daylight while walking in San Francisco’s Lafayette Park. She suffered a broken nose and other non-life threatening injuries that will require hospitalization and surgery.

The suspect, a man in his 40s-50s appeared to attack the woman without cause. Surveillance videos revealed that while she was walking through Lafayette Park, the 2000 block of the Pacific Heights neighborhood, the man jogged up to her from behind and grabbed her arm, then began punching her in the face without provocation. When she fell to the ground, he continued to punch her until she was no longer responsive. Afterwards, the attacker fled on foot, heading east on Washington Street before turning south on Gough Street. It is unknown where he went beyond that point. It does not appear that he stole anything off of the victim during or following the attack, suggesting the possibility that his victim was randomly selected.

Spokeswoman for the San Francisco Police Department, Giselle Talkoff, stated that “It happened really quickly. She was merely out for a walk and a stranger came up and just attacked.” She went on to say that the suspect might have asked the woman to apologize for something before striking her, despite being a complete stranger with no previous interaction. According to Talkoff, it’s possible the suspect was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol during the assault. The victim, whose name will not be released, did not attempt to speak with him. Her nose was broken in several places as a result, and she will require surgery.

The attack occurred on Saturday, August 20th, at 7:45 p.m., and remains under police investigation as of Wednesday the 24th. San Francisco Police are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the attacker to come forward. San Francisco Police may be contacted at (415) 575-4444.


Two San Francisco Men Arrested in Series of Crimes in Bayview


San Francisco has been experiencing a series of crimes in its Bayview neighborhood this past week. Two men have now been arrested in connection with these crimes, including the theft of a cell phone that occurred, according to the police, while the victim was distracted playing the game “Pokémon Go.”

Police booked Manu Pomele, 19 and Jonathan Limu, 20, both residents of San Francisco, on suspicion of robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, other firearms-related charges, and conspiracy.

According to authorities, the two men were linked to a number of incidents that occurred on Sunday and Monday.

At approximately 8 p.m. Sunday evening, a teenage boy was robbed of a cell phone belonging to both he and his sister on Burrows Street. The 16-year-old was playing “Pokémon Go” when suddenly one of the two suspects grabbed the phone, fleeing to a waiting silver car with the other suspect driving as the getaway car took off. The victim reported no injuries.

On Monday, authorities claim the two men were involved in two more robberies that occurred from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. According to authorities, they first struck at Dakota and 23rd streets at about 1:10 a.m. demanding a 19-year-old hand over his money.

When they didn’t find any money on him after going through his pockets, they punched him several times on the head and made off with his personal belongings, including his roller blades. The victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening, police said.

While police were taking the robbery report on 23rd Street, they actually heard gunshots in the neighborhood. They watched a silver Pontiac driving by and stopped it at Tennessee and 20th streets, thinking the occupants were the ones firing the shots, according to police.

Investigators later determined that passengers in the Pontiac were the ones being targeted by the gunfire and connected this incident to Pomele and Limu.

At Mariposa and Vermont Streets, the two men approached a 58-year-old man while he was sitting in his car at about 4 a.m. and robbed him of his wallet. They then ordered him to turn over the car, but he sped away.

At about 7:45 a.m. Pomele was arrested at Madera and Wisconsin streets after officers conducted a well-being check. He was found with several rounds of ammunition in his pocket when he was arrested, authorities said. Limu was later arrested at about 11 a.m. outside the Hall of Justice, police said. He was being held on $325,000 bail at San Francisco County jail. Pomele was being confined without bail.


Abusive Landlord Arrested in San Francisco

Norman SabelA San Francisco landlord accused of abusing his tenants made his first court appearance on Friday after assaulting an officer who was responding to a 911 call.

Norman Sabel, also known as the slumlord "Mayor of Fulton," has been the center of many a complaint to the police regarding suspicious people, noise, and drugs. This abusive landlord owns an apartment building on Fulton Street near Golden Gate Park. Now that he's facing felony charges for breaking the knee of a police officer called to the scene by Nikko Bravo, another abused tenant, video evidence of his aggressive and violent behavior is surfacing rapidly.

The incident resulting in Sabel's arrest was also recorded. Nikko Bravo had been having problems with his plumbing, and requested a certified plumber to repair the damage, but Sabel insisted that he could do it himself. After being cussed out by his landlord nad having his door kicked down, Bravo called the police, who arrived on the scene to find Sabel working on the plumbing with a knife. As they attempted to subdue him, one of the officers suffered a broken knee and had to be hospitalized. The prosecution's motion for a stay away order was granted, and now Sabel must keep at least 150 yards away from Bravo, who moved out of the complex on June the 26th, at all times.

In several other videos, Sabel is seen behaving the same way he does in the video of his arrest. In one video, Sabel shouts at a tenant for being in an area that he wanted to hose down, and then punches him after he refuses to leave. Defense attorney Hugo Torbet said that the tenant was trying to provoke Sabel by intentionally getting in his way.

In another, he assaults a tenant who asks to turn the heat up. Over the years, the complaints and lawsuits have piled up, and the 24-unit complex has acquired such infamy that it is barely half-full. Some wondered how many incidents it would take to have this abusive landlord arrested.

Sabel was out of custody on $62,000 bail, and was arraigned Friday, June 28th.

(Source: ABC)


Jovan Jones Robbery, Assault and Rape in San Francisco Telegraph Hill

Jovan Jones
Jovan Jones Robbery, Assault and Rape

At 8:00p.m. on Saturday, a 26 year old woman in Telegraph hill was returning home and talking on her cell phone when she noticed she was being followed.

Upon trying to enter her residence, 25 year old Jovan Jones of Marin City forced his way in at knifepoint and ordered his victim to the floor. He then demanded money and valuables, and allegedly sexually assaulted her with an undisclosed object.

During the assault, the person the victim was on the phone with called the police. Jones attempted to force her to pretend everything was fine when police arrived at the scene, but she instead rushed onto the balcony and shouted for help. This act likely spared her from further aggressive action by the perpetrator.

In response, Jones grabbed her backpack and leaped off the balcony, fleeing to a nearby residential district and hiding behind trash cans next to a Green Street home. Police set up a perimeter and captured him around 9:20p.m with the aid of a California Highway Patrol helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging device. He was found wearing the backpack he had stolen from the victim.

Jones now faces multiple serious charges, including making threats, burglary, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and sexual penetration with a foreign object. If convicted, he will face multiple life terms in prison.
(Sources: KTVU, SF Examiner)


One L. Goh Unfit for Trial for Mass Murder at Oikos University of Oakland

Goh Crime SceneOne L. Goh of Oikos, the perpetrator of last year's seven fatality shooting at the Oakland University, was declared unfit for trial by an Alameda County court judge on Monday.

Goh will be held at a mental institution, likely the facility in Napa, until he is deemed competent to stand trial. He will return to court on January the 15th to determine which institution he will go to. His progress report will be reviewed every 90 days to monitor his progress.

Goh had originally pleaded innocent to the April 2nd Oakland University shooting after being charged with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and 10 special circumstance allegations which included committing murdering during a carjacking.

He had left the school voluntarily and demanded a refund of his tuition. The assault may have resulted from his attempt to kill one of the administrators who refused his request. The administrator was not present that day.

The victims of the shooting will be listed here: Tshering Bhutia, 38, shot in the carjacking, Doris Chibuko, 40, Sonam Choedon, 33, Grace Kim, 23, Kathleen Ping, 24, who worked at the school, Judith Seymour, 53, and Lydia Sim, 21.

During the initial stages of the shooting, One Goh approached and entered the school, drawing a .45 pistol and ordering several students against a wall. When they didn't comply, he shot and killed several of them. He also shot Dawinder Kaur, a 19 year old US Army Reservist, in the arm as he attempted to aid an injured student. As previously mentioned, Goh shot and killed Tshering Bhutia in an attempt to acquire a getaway vehicle. He was apprehended at the scene; police had been notified immediately after his intentions were made clear.

Goh's family didn't offer any assistance during the investigation. His 72 year old father Young Nam Ko was not available to comment, and his older brother Su Kwon Ko did not respond to any calls requesting his response.

(Source: NBC)


Gang Member Oliver Barcenas Shot by Police

Oliver BarcenasGang Member Oliver Barcenas Shot by Police - Just after 8:00p.m. on Thursday, September 20th, San Francisco plainclothes police had a hostile encounter with two armed gang members, resulting in a shootout that injured one of the gang members.

Oliver Barcenas of Richmond, 22, and one other individual were identified by the two police officers as members of a gang. When approached, Barcenas and the other individual ran. When followed, Barcenas pulled a Tec-9 automatic pistol loaded with a 25 round clip and aimed it at the officers in a threatening manner. After failing to respond to an order to drop the weapon, he was shot twice and sent to a local hospital.

The injuries received by Barcenas in this encounter were non-lethal, and he is currently making a recovery. He faces several serious charges, including: Being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a banned assault weapon, participating in a criminal street gang, and aggravated assault on an officer of the law with an assault weapon.

According to a press report on the 25th, Barcenas was on his way to avenge the killing of Jesus Solis, 20, that took place earlier that week. Barcenas was, at the time of his arrest, on parole for the wounding of a 15-year-old bystander in a gang-related shooting.

Soon after the Thursday shooting, the Mission Police Station was mobbed with protesters that taunted police and wrote "killers" on the outside of the station in response to what was likely perceived as use of excessive force. No violent conflict has broken out because of these protests.

Supervisor David Campos of the SFPD held a meeting on the 24th to discuss the recent gun violence in the Mission area, and to help listeners understand why police fired upon and injured Barcenas. Hopefully, the release of this information will assuage the concerns of the protesters.

(Sources: SF Gate, Mercury News, UT San Diego)

O'Connor, Runckel & O'Malley LLP

Walnut Creek Criminal Defense Attorneys

1277 Treat Boulevard

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

(925) 939-5600
Visit the Website for more information


Japanese Diplomat on Trial for Domestic Violence

Yoshiaki NagayaYuka Nagawa, wife of San Fracisco Japanese Consulate official Yoshiaki Nagaya, called police on Tuesday regarding her husband's violent and abusive behavior. According to Nagaya, her husband had been systematically abusing her for 18 months, including punching, kicking, slapping, and even stabbing with a screwdriver. This behavior had allegedly been going on since January of 2011.

Yuka Nagaya says that she believes she would likely have been killed if she had not informed the police of her husband's actions. During the most recent attack, one which occurred on March 31st, she was pulled from a car, causing her head to strike against the concrete floor of a parking garage. This took place in their apartment in San Bruno.

Throughout her preliminary hearing, Nagaya produced pictures she had personally taken of the injuries she had sustained after each assault. She relayed precise, detailed descriptions of the abuse running back to the start in January 2011 when they lived in San Francisco.

The gravity of the beatings became apparent after she described several of the more brutal instances in court. Pertinent examples include attacks that left her with loose teeth, that left her unable to move for five hours, and that caused her to leave their residence and sit outside for hours on end before returning.

Nagaya was caught recording the testimony via a digital voice recorder, something Judge Lisa Novak noticed. She then reminded Nagaya that recording court proceedings is strictly forbidden unless permission is given. Nagaya revealed that she had recorded the first day of the hearing as well, and shared it with her attorney. Junju Suzuki stated that he did not tell his client to record any of the proceedings.

Yuka's testimony is to resume on Friday in the hearing that will decide whether Yoshiaki Nagaya faces trial on the 14 counts of domestic violence and three of assault. His plead thus far is not guilty to the accusations made.

(Sources: Inside Bay Area, Mercury News )


Bay To Breakers Assault Victim Dies

Stephen Martin Killed Bay to BreakersStephen Martin, a 30 year old man from Santa Clara, died while hospitalized in the San Francisco General Hospital on June 8th, following an incident on the May 20th Bay to Breakers run. According to police, Martin took part in the event without registering, though his friends informed police that he was taking part in the activities after the race.

Around 5:00p.m. in Sharon Meadows in the Golden Gate Park, Martin's group clashed with around a dozen other people dressed in white and red 49er's outfits. Police suggest that the group fight may have been over a cell phone, or possibly something gang-related, though it was made clear that Martin had no gang connections.

At the time, Martin was wearing green camo shorts, no shirt, and a green wig. During the attack, one of the men wearing the 49er's outfits approached and struck Martin in the side of the head, causing him to fall over and hit his head on the pavement. The trauma sent him into a coma, which turned out to be fatal.

Police are requesting information, names, or photographs directly relating to the event. Contact the San Francisco homicide inspectors at 415-553-1145, or 415-575-4444 for the anonymous tip line.

(Source: NBC)


Pablo Sandoval Sexual Assault

The sexual assault investigation revolving around the San Francisco Giants’ third baseman, Pablo Sandoval, began after a call to 9/11 from the Seaside Beach Resort in Aptos.

Allegedly, the 21 year old victim and Sandoval had met with a group of people in Santa Cruz, and the incident occurred after their arrival at the resort. She then filed a sexual assault complaint and alerted the authorities.

Pablo SandovalSandoval met the detectives at the Sheriff’s Department, where his lawyer, Eric Geffon, claimed that the incident was little more than a "consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature."

Sandoval has continued to offer his full cooperation with the Sheriff’s Department throughout the course of the ongoing investigation. The Department stated Monday that it hopes to complete the prime of the investigation by the end of the week, though forensic evidence analysis will take longer than a week to complete.

As of yet, there has been no statement from the alleged victim of the Pablo Sandoval Sexual Assault.

See Video Here

(Sources: LA Times, ESPN)


San Francisco Attorney Arrested for Fatal Hit and Run Accident

Spencer Freeman SmithSan Francisco Attorney Arrested - The Mercedes hit and run killer has been captured! It turns out that the driver that killed Bo Hu, 57 in Dublin is an attorney from San Francisco, who lives in San Ramon. The accident occurred Tuesday night on Dougherty Road at Fall Creek Road around 11:30 p.m.

Pieces of the Mercedes left on the scene of the accident lead police to identify the suspect vehicle as a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550. They were then able to track the purchase of the vehicle to  Spencer Freeman Smith.

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, about 1:00 PM, Dublin Police Investigators and the Traffic Unit identified a subject who recently purchased a a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550. The owner of the vehicle, Spencer Freeman Smith of San Ramon, was later contacted at his residence.

While searching his home, police found the Mercedes with extensive damage consistent with hitting a pedestrian. The vehicle was also missing parts found at the scene. Smith, 32, was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run.

The victim was believed to have been visiting Dublin from China. He was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau Thursday.

Several people reported seeing a man walking a bike with a flat tire along that stretch of roadway just before the collision.

(Source: Dublin Patch)