SFPD Make Arrest in August 15th Mission District Homicide (17-135)

On August 15, 2017 at approximately 2:00AM, officers from Mission Police Station responded to a reported shooting in an apartment on the 3200 block of 26th Street. Upon arrival, they found the victim, 23 year-old Abel Enrique Esquivel, Jr. suffering from apparent gun-shot wounds. It was later determined that Esquivel had been shot while near the intersection of 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Officers rendered aid until they were relieved by responding San Francisco Fire Department personnel. Esquivel was transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Despite the efforts of emergency medical staff, Esquivel died from his injuries the following day.

The San Francisco Police Department Homicide Detail began an investigation that led to the identity of the suspects. On September 11, 2017 at approximately 4:50PM, San Francisco Police arrested Erick Garcia Pineda, an 18 year-old San Francisco resident and Jesus Perez-Araujo, a 24 year-old San Francisco resident, at 16th Street and Mission Street. Pineda was booked into San Francisco County jail on charges of homicide, multiple counts of robbery, conspiracy, burglary and attempted murder. Perez-Araujo was booked on multiple counts of robbery, burglary, and conspiracy.

A third suspect, Daniel Cruz, age 18 of San Francisco, was taken into custody at approximately 4:05PM on September 12, 2017 on the 2600 block of Mission Street. Cruz was booked into SF County Jail on homicide, conspiracy, robbery and possession of stolen property charges.

Investigators determined that Pineda, Perez-Araujo and Cruz were responsible for several robberies that occurred in the Mission District between August 13th and August 15th. The three are also suspects in an aggravated assault that occurred at approximately 2:17AM on the 2600 block of Mission Street.

Due to pending identification matters, their booking photos are not being released at this time.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the weapon used in the homicide was a personal firearm registered to a San Francisco Police officer that was stolen from his personal vehicle on August 12, 2017. The Department is conducting an internal investigation into the circumstance of the theft of the firearm.

While an arrest has been made, this remains an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.