Two auto burglary suspects were arrested in San Francisco after the driver of a getaway vehicle struck an unmarked police car injuring an undercover officer on Wednesday evening, a police spokesman said today. San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said undercover officers were conducting an auto burglary abatement operation along The Embarcadero near Pier 39 shortly after 7 p.m. when they saw a man break the window of a vehicle parked nearby.
When officers attempted to confront the suspect, he took off running. A red minivan waiting nearby took off as well. Following a brief foot pursuit, police took 22-year-old San Francisco resident Creg Edwin Tucker into custody, Esparza said. The driver of the red minvan rammed into an unmarked police vehicle a couple blocks away, at Lombard Street and The Embarcadero, injuring one undercover officer, according to Esparza.
The officer was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries to his back and shoulder. The injuries are not life threatening and the officer is expected to recover fully, Esparza said. The driver of the red minivan took off after ramming the officer’s vehicle but was later taken into custody in the city’s Bayview District, according to police.
The driver, identified as 30-year-old San Francisco resident Roland Jerome Black, was booked into San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of auto burglary, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license, grand theft and a parole hold violation, according to Esparza.
Tucker was also booked into county jail on charges of auto burglary, conspiracy, grand theft and resisting arrest, Esparza said. Esparza said that as of this afternoon police have not located the red minivan. The incident on Wednesday night comes about three months after an undercover San Francisco police officer conducting auto burglary abatement near AT&T Park shot and killed 26-year-old auto burglary suspect Oshaine Evans, of Oakland.
In that incident, San Francisco police officers had been assigned to monitor the area around the ballpark as the San Francisco Giants’ playoff game wound down around 9 p.m. on Oct. 7. Officers noticed a suspicious car that appeared to be casing other vehicles and then saw suspects exit the car and break into a Mercedes SUV parked on Jack London Alley near Bryant Street, according to police.
The officers approached the suspect car and noticed that the driver, later identified as Evans, had a handgun. Police said one of the officers ordered Evans to drop the gun but he refused and Officer David Goff, a six-year police department veteran, shot Evans.
Evans was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he died from his injuries. The suspect vehicle’s rear passenger was also injured. The front passenger of the suspect vehicle was arrested on Bryant Street as he attempted to flee on foot, police said. Officers located Evans’ gun at the scene as well as a variety of items stolen from the Mercedes, according to police.
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