A discount arsonist attempted to burn down Foods Co.

On Monday evening, a suspect armed with a knife and some lighter fluid stepped into the Foods Co. grocery store on Folsom & 14th Streets, and attempted to set fire to the place.

The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening — prime dinnertime shopping hours for everyone’s favorite discount grocer. According to fire department officials, the suspect entered and “started pouring lighter fluid on the floor.” Bay City News has more:

The suspect was waving a knife and set the floor on fire, police said.

The fire department responded and quickly put the fire out. Two of the store’s employees were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, police said.

Police quickly arrested the suspect, identified as Shaun Lavell Jones, 24. Jones was born a male but identifies as a female, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

According to police, Jones was booked on suspicion of burglary and arson. It is currently unclear why exactly anyone would want to burn down a grocery store with such delightful soda can displays.

[via: SFAppeal]

[Photo via: Street View]

This creep was arrested for impersonating police, kidnapping immigrants for sexual assault [updated]

Earlier this month, 35-year-old Jeffrey Bugai (pictured) was arrested by San Francisco police for allegedly impersonating a police officer in order to kidnap immigrants with the intent to commit sexual assault. Bugai allegedly decked himself out in a vaguely cop-looking outfit and drove a white Crown Victoria. He was reportedly working in the Mission and Ingleside, where he would prey on newly arrived immigrants with limited English and threaten to deport them.

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28-year-old man shot and killed early Saturday morning at 16th and Valencia

Does anybody still go to Skylark?

Around last call on Saturday morning, 28-year-old Benjamin Martinez was shot multiple times near the corner of 16th and Valencia Streets. He was taken to San Francisco General where he later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Bay City News, police responded to the scene around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The shooter fled the scene and SFPD has only described the suspect as “a male suspect with a gun.”

Bartender Derek Hypieper from Gestalt just down the street told Mission Local that his doorman heard multiple gunshots, but was unaware someone had been killed. SFPD also blocked off 16th Street and an ambulance was spotted by the 22-Fillmore stop outside Yoyo Restaurant.

Mission Local also noted that a memorial popped up in front of El Cafetazo late Saturday afternoon reading,”Rest in Paradise Benny.” Anyone else who may have spotted anything is encouraged to call SFPD directly at (415) 553-1145.

Back in 2012, a 20-person brawl broke out on the same corner around 2 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and left local kitchen legend Caesar Chuc on life support. Chuc passed away a few days later at San Francisco General.

Some asshole in a silver BMW with license plate 5SHC554 just chucked this empty Arizona Mucho Mango can onto 20th Street, allegedly

Musta got more wasted at Trick Dog than intended, needed to rehydrate by slammin’ a half liter of high fructose corn syrup. Like a boss.

Poop problem

Local renter David Enos experienced an utter bummer the other day:

Someone pooped through our front gate somehow, starting mid-way up, I guess it must have been accomplished with butt resting against the bars in a standing position.  How do you clean this up? We don’t have access to a hose, so I started by throwing a bucket of hot water on it from a few feet away.  A fine mist of water and feces hung in the air.  I went back out with some powdered Ajax and sprinkled it on the remaining mess.  The wind picked up and my throat burned with inhaled bleach.

Pretty awful, but… read on for the secondary problem.

Beware cops in the park making you dump out your hard-earned alcohol

They’re at it again, apparently. Here’s what SFist‘s Jay Barmann has to say about it:

It’s of course technically illegal to be drinking in the park. It’s illegal to be smoking cigarettes there too. Does everyone do both of these things on a daily basis? Yes. Do the cops even bother when the place is almost too thick with people even to walk through? Not usually. But clearly they were bored today, and looking to be spoilsports, or they got a call from an incorrigible, bitter, bored NIMBY who lives next to the park and has nothing better to do than be a killjoy on a sunny day.

People like that deserve our pity.

But just a warning to be on alert these days with your bottles. Keep them well concealed or you might lose half a bottle of lovely Pinot Gris. [link]

[Photo by Devon Chulick]

The safest bicycle parking spot in the whole city

Right on the illustrious corner of 6th and Mission.  What do you think, guys?  Is it still there?

What if the Roxie’s miniature human robot was stolen, along with two beignet?

Wait, what? Oh… I just love Natalie‘s dream:

Had this dream in which Mike Keegan built a miniature human robot, but the Roxie was broken into and the robot was stolen, along with one chocolate and one plain beignet.

Whaaaaaaaat! I want this to be a feature-length motion picture! (There’s more, but that was the meat of it.)

[Photo via the Roxie on Facebook]

Thieves hijack Sean Lennon’s beats near Franklin and Hayes

From Mr. Lennon’s ‘gram:

Our percussionist Connor Grant’s laptop was stolen today in San Francisco! Our van window was smashed this morning as he was getting coffee near Franklin and Hayes. BIG REWARD if computer is returned unharmed! NO QUESTIONS ASKED! If anyone knows anything pleeeeease contact us at mutethehead@gmail.com

My dad’s car got burgled on that exact same block a couple months back. I guess, never park on that block!

[via Sarah Lane]

First they steal your bike, then they assault you and pepper spray you

Got a note from our pal Jocelyn:

My bike was stolen (not news, not unique, I know). The real story is when I saw two guys with it on Market/12th. I went up to them, looked at the bike and one of them said “Nice bike, huh?” And I was like, “yeah, it’s mine.”

I picked it up, and started walking away with it. The guys chased me. One knocked me to the ground grabbing the bike, the other fucking pepper sprayed me in the face. EMTs and SFPD (eventually) showed up.

The only bright side to the story is that (hopefully) the police are taking it more seriously because of the felony assault. So, if someone spotted the bike they could contact me or SFPD.

Wow.

Here’s the bike (since this photo was taken the saddle was replaced and is now brown):