San Francisco’s police and fire departments are asking for the public’s help in the four suspected arson attacks that have occurred this week in the largely gay Castro area.
The city’s Arson Task Force is investigating the cases, and officers in the Mission and Park districts are “being vigilant in their patrols of the area as a preventative measure,” a police statement released today (Friday, February 4), said.
“We want people in the Castro and Duboce Triangle areas to be alert for any suspicious activity they might see or hear,” police said. “We know that in the early morning people are out walking dogs, going to work, or taking a morning jog. We need those eyes and ears to assist us in apprehending the suspect or suspects responsible for these criminal acts.”
The most recent fire was reported this morning in front of Eureka Barber Shop and Hair Styling at 4222 18th Street.
Three fires were reported early Thursday morning nearby.
The public can contact the SFPD with information, “however slight,” by calling 911 or 415-553-8090 (by cell) if it’s an emergency.
The non-emergency line is 415-553-0123.
Anyone with information can also call the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444, text a tip to tip411, or submit a tip at www.sf-police.org.