Members of the San Francisco Police Department Gang Task Force have arrested a suspect in a July 2007 arson/extortion attempt. Taken into custody today, Friday, October 12, was Zhi Chen, 24. Chen was taken into custody on the 900 block of Buchanan Street shortly after 7:00 A.M. In addition to the arson charge for affixing an incendiary device to the window of a Taraval district residence, Chen has been charged with extortion, making terrorist threats, and conspiracy in his connection with Asian gang members making demands on Richmond district business owners and Taraval district residents for protection money.
The Gang Task Force is asking that anyone who has been the victim of extortion demands contact Inspector Jameson Pon, 553-9221.
For more information, please contact:
SFPD Public Affairs
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103