SAN FRANCISCO—Officials from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested a suspect in connection to a fatal shooting that transpired on August 15 in the Mission District. According to a press release from the SFPD, authorities were alerted at 2:00 a.m. of a shooting inside an apartment on the 3200 block of 26th Street. Upon arrival on the scene, officers found Abel Enrique Esquivel Jr., 23, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was shot near the intersection of 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.
Police provided aid until paramedics from the San Francisco Fire Department arrived and provided aid. Esquivel was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, but later died from injuries he sustained.
The San Francisco Police Department Homicide Detail initiated an investigation that led to the identity of several suspects in the case. On September 11, at approximately 4:50 p.m., officers arrested Erick Garcia Pineda, 18, of San Francisco and Jesus Perez-Araujo, 24, of San Francisco, at 16th Street and Mission Street. Pineda was booked into San Francisco County jail on charges of homicide, multiple counts of robbery, conspiracy, burglary and attempted murder. Perez-Araujo was booked on multiple counts of robbery, burglary, and conspiracy.
Authorities arrested a third suspect, Daniel Cruz, 18 of San Francisco, at approximately 4:05 p.m. on September 12 on the 2600 block of Mission Street. Cruz was booked at the San Francisco County Jail on homicide, conspiracy, robbery and possession of stolen property charges.
All three suspects were responsible for several robberies that transpired in the Mission District between August 13 and August 15. Pineda, Perez-Araujo and Cruz are also suspects in an aggravated assault that transpired at approximately 2:17 a.m. on the 2600 block of Mission Street.
Due to pending identification matters, authorities have not yet released booking photos for the suspects. While investigating the case, it was determined that the weapon used in the fatal shooting was a personal firearm registered to a San Francisco Police Department officer that was stolen from his personal vehicle on August 12. The SFPD is conducting an internal investigation into the circumstance of the theft of the firearm.
The case remains an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.