SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department Northern Station Street Crimes Unit have made an arrest in connection to an attempted homicide and burglary that transpired at Alamo Square Park on Thursday, February 1.
Officers in the region to combat auto burglaries spotted at 11:51 a.m. a black four door Infiniti with paper plates and tinted windows in the area of Hayes and Pierce Streets. According to the SFPD website, a plainclothes officer saw the suspected vehicle with three occupants inside, pull up to a parked vehicle, a black Toyota SUV. Officers watched two subjects exit the suspect vehicle, peer inside, and subsequently smash the rear window to take items inside.
Officers identified themselves and moved in to make arrests. One suspect fled into the waiting vehicle with the stolen property. Officers attempted to take the remaining suspect (who was standing near the rear of the suspect vehicle) into custody, while ordering the driver of the vehicle to stop the car. As an officer was taking the remaining suspect into custody, the driver put the vehicle into reverse and accelerated backwards, running over the accomplice and the officer.
Officers continued to give the driver verbal demands to stop the vehicle, but the driver ignored those requests, put the vehicle in drive, and drove forward, running over his accomplice and the officer a second time. Video from the incident shows one of the officers retrieve his weapon and pointing it at the driver attempting to get him to stop the vehicle to no success.
The suspect vehicle fled the scene and was involved in a traffic collision at Haight and Buchanan Streets. Officers were able to take one suspect into custody on the 200 block of Haight Street, with the other suspect being captured on the 600 block of Buchanan.
The injured police officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, who was run over by his accomplice, was transported to the hospital for injuries consistent with crushing type trauma. Booking photos for the 3 suspects are not being released by the authorities due to pending identification matters.
Devonta Lofton, 25, of San Francisco was booked on felony charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, second degree burglary, reckless evading, hit and run causing injury, conspiracy, and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.
Adrian Landers, 23, of San Francisco was booked on felony charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, second degree burglary, reckless evading, hit and run causing injury, conspiracy, a parole violation, and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.
Jamon Butler, 19, of San Francisco was booked on felony charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, second degree burglary, reckless evading, hit and run causing injury and conspiracy.
“This incident is stark reminder of the dangers faced by SFPD officers on a daily basis. What began as a property crime turned quickly into a violent assault that could have had deadly consequences to our officers. The driver’s actions also endangered the lives of the accomplice and the public at large,” said Deputy Chief Michael Redmond. “The surveillance video accompanying this news release is an example of how unpredictable property crime suspects can be. Officers across the City are working to address property crimes that often occur very quickly and have a negative impact the quality of life of our residents and visitors.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411. Tipsters may remain anonymous.