March 31, 2009
San Francisco police arrested a suspect in what appeared to be a Norteño gang initiation ceremony shortly after midnight, Friday, March 27. Plain clothes officers observed several suspected gang members congregate at 24th and Utah streets. As officers looked on, vehicles began arriving with the occupants getting out. There were now about 15 individuals assembled.
The crowd then began to walk on Utah Street toward 25th Street and to merge with a group already standing in the middle of Utah across from La Raza Park. The congregants now numbered around 30. Officers then observed a scuffle break out in the middle of the crowd. Officers skilled in gang-related crimes know that, as part of a Norteño gang member initiation, an aspiring gang member is ritually jumped.
The officers then moved into the crowd, detaining nine persons, one of whom, an 18-year-old San Francisco man, was the individual to be initiated. He suffered a cut nose and swollen eye. Police booked Jeffrey Almengor, 19, of San Francisco, for possession of a firearm police found in his car that was parked in front of La Raza Park.
Almengor was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by an active street gang member, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a narcotics violation, and participating in a criminal street gang.
Police also recovered two more firearms in two separate incidents in the Mission district. On Thursday, March 26 at Mission and 21st streets shortly after midnight, police arrested Patrick McTeague, 18, of Antioch after police stopped him and a companion when their red clothingindicated possible Norteño gang activity, this part of the Mission being known Norteño territory. Officers found McTeague to be carrying a loaded handgun in his jacket pocket.
McTeague was charged with carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed loaded firearm, and participation in a criminal street gang. His companion, a 19-year-old male from Pittsburg, California, was detained and released.
On Monday, March 30, at approximately 3:00 A.M., police approached two occupants sitting inside a Honda Accord at South Van Ness Avenue and 18th Street. After ascertaining that a search condition was in place, police discovered a handgun under the passenger seat. Taken into custody was Ronald Nalls II, 23, of San Francisco. He was booked for carrying a loaded firearm, and a felon in the possession of a firearm.
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