Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Castro kidnapping suspect’s name still not released



Police have still not released the name of the man suspected of pretending to be a cop and kidnapping another man in San Francisco’s Castro district last Thursday (February 9).

According to Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesman, the incident started at 7 a.m. when the 48-year-old suspect demanded that the victim, 38, take him to a local hotel. When the victim refused, the suspect forced him to go eastbound on 17th Street to Noe. He brandished a gun, ordered the victim to sit, and threatened to shoot him if he ran.

The suspect then told the victim to give him his car keys, but the victim refused. A witness observed the incident and called 911. The suspect showed the witness a security badge and stated that he’s a police officer, Rueca said in a summary. Police arrived and detained the suspect. Rueca indicated the arrest occurred in the 300 block of Noe Street, which is near the Fitness SF gym and Café Flore.

Rueca said Monday that police were withholding the suspect’s identity because investigators were still talking to witnesses. As of Wednesday, the suspect’s name was still not available.

The only detail about the suspect that Rueca’s shared other than the man’s age is that he’s white.

The victim wasn’t injured in the incident, and nothing was stolen, according to Rueca.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 15, 2017 @ 4:33 pm PST
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