The girlfriend of a man accused of intentionally running down a Cal Fire firefighter in San Francisco’s Richmond District early Thanksgiving Day is set to appear in court today on charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact, prosecutors said. Alyssa Tejada, 22, is accused of assisting Eduardo Esquivel, who has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges, prosecutors said.
He is suspected of striking Albert Bartal with a car near the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Geary Boulevard around 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 24 Tejada is scheduled to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon on the accessory charges. Prosecutors have not said how she allegedly assisted Esquivel, also 22. Bartal, 29, who remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, has worked for the past five years as a seasonal firefighter at Cal Fire’s Saratoga Summit Fire Station in Santa Cruz County and is also an Iraq war veteran.
Esquivel was arrested Nov. 29 at a home in South San Francisco, and the vehicle allegedly used to strike Bartal, a black Mazda CX-7, was found Thursday in San Francisco’s Hunters Pointith a deadly weapon and torture, prosecutors said. A relief fund has been set up for Bartal, who has a 4-year-old child. People can make donations to account No. 1379608 at the San Francisco Police Credit Union at 2550 Irving St., San Francisco CA 94122.
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