Castro carjacking help sought
by Seth Hemmelgarn
San Francisco police have released a sketch of a man wanted in a carjacking that occurred recently in the city's Castro neighborhood.
Rene Sedivy, 41, said the incident started at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 30 as he and a friend, 21, were getting out of his car on Hartford Street.
Two men with guns walked up to them, and Sedivy said one of them "smacked me in the head" with his revolver. Sedivy grabbed him by the throat and hand, but the other man, who had a gun to his friend's head, said, "I'll shoot your boy," so he let go. The man then told Sedivy, "Get back in the car or I'm going to put a bullet in your fucking head."
They got into the car, with the assailants in the backseat holding their guns to Sedivy's and his friend's heads.
The man behind Sedivy told him to drive, and struck him repeatedly with his gun during the rest of the ordeal, said Sedivy, who described the incident as "terrifying." He said he drove slowly and tried to get the men to at least let his friend go.
Finally, he pulled over on Noe Street, not far from where the incident started. The man threatened to shoot him and pistol-whipped him again, but the suspects got out of the car, a 2013 Ford Edge. They grabbed his friend out of the vehicle, too, but his friend got back in, and Sedivy drove off. The suspects took the men's cellphones. His friend called the police early Saturday morning December 1 when they got to Sedivy's home.
Sedivy said both assailants were black, wearing hoodies, and about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
He said he was treated at San Francisco General Hospital and his injuries included a fractured skull and a broken nose.
Anyone with information in the case can call San Francisco police Sergeant Alicia Castillo at (415) 558-5400 or call the Mission Station anonymous tip line at (415) 552-4558. Castro Community on Patrol produced a flier in the case in cooperation with the SFPD.
In another recent incident, a Castro area resident was robbed and stabbed in the chest Thursday, January 10.
Bradley Roberts, 41, said he saw the victim, his roommate, at about 6:30 p.m. near 14th and Noe streets, about a block away from their home. The man, who police say is 33, told him that he'd just been attacked and robbed of his backpack. Items in his bag included a phone and laptop.
Roberts said blood was running down the man's clothes. He set him down on the sidewalk, called 911, and applied pressure to the wound.
He said his roommate was in a dark area, and nobody else was around when he first saw him.
"It was just luck that I happened to be walking by at that time to help him out," Roberts said.
Friday, January 11, Roberts said the man, who hasn't permitted the Bay Area Reporter to use his name, was in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He hasn't provided an update.
Roberts said the victim described the attackers as two white men, but hadn't been able to provide many more details.
In another incident, at 12:05 a.m., Tuesday, January 15 at Castro and 18th streets, a man hit a 49-year-old man in the head with an unknown object, took his cellphone and money, and fled on foot, according to a police summary. The man suffered a non-life threatening head laceration.
The main SFPD violent crime anonymous tip line is (415) 575-4444. The report number in the January 10 incident is 130 027 552. The number for the January 15 robbery is 130 039 626.