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

Trans SF woman faces ID theft charges

A transgender San Francisco woman is facing accusations of identity theft and other charges.

Anna Lopez, 30, is being held in San Francisco Jail #2 on $400,000 bail on felony counts of ID theft and misdemeanor counts of possession of burglary tools, giving false information to a police officer, and possession of tear gas, according to court records. She’s pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Lopez, who was booked into custody January 17, last year faced dozens of charges including felony ID theft and misdemeanor counts of buying or receiving stolen property, the records say. The charges appeared to stem from at least two incidents. It’s not clear from law enforcement records what the statuses of the old charges are, but documents indicate Lopez was on probation when she was booked earlier this month. She’s been ordered to stay 150 yards away from 2227 Filbert Street, which is an apartment building in the Marina district.

David Harrison, Lopez’s attorney, declined to discuss her case with the Bay Area Reporter.

In court Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Braden Woods read a progress report from the jail’s Five Keys Charter School program that said Lopez is “doing good in all her classes.”

“Thank you very much for the hard work,” he told her.

Outside the courtroom, Michael Vejraska, 69, a friend of Lopez’s, said she’s “one of the transgenders that’s fallen through the cracks, partially by the system’s measure, and partially by her own measure.”

Vejraska said Lopez is “always on the verge of making a breakthrough to a legitimate life,” but she’s continued to struggle.

Among other problems, he said, Lopez was arrested about a year ago for mail theft, and she’s spent time at Walden House, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment.

“I feel for her,” said Vejraska. “I know she has it in her soul to reform. I definitely know that.”

Lopez’s next court date is February 16 to hear prosecutors’ motion to consolidate her old and new cases.

Police declined to release Lopez’s booking photo, saying in an email that doing so¬†“may endanger successful completion of the investigation.”

While Vejraska said that Lopez’s preferred first name is “Anna,” she’s been referred to in court and listed in jail and court records with the first name “Gabriel.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 31, 2018 @ 6:17 pm PST
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