Police busted up a Norteño gang initiation "ceremony" just one block outside the Mission gang injunction "safety zone" last week, and ended up charging one man for carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to the SFPD.
Shortly after midnight Friday/Saturday, police in plainclothes noticed suspected gang members congregating at 24th and Utah streets. More vehicles arrived with the occupants getting out to join the suspects, making about 15 people total.
The group walked down Utah Street toward 25th to meet with another gathering standing in the middle of Utah across from La Raza Park, totaling approximately 30 people, and a "scuffle" broke out in the middle of the crowd. Knowing that wannabe gangbangers are jumped by the current members to gain entrance into the ranks, the police moved in on the crowd and detained nine people. One was the individual to be initiated, an 18-year-old man with a cut nose and a swollen eye.
Police found a loaded firearm in the the car of Jeffrey Almengor, a 19 year old from San Francisco, which was parked in front of the park. Police charged him with the following crimes:
- 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
- Participating in a criminal street gang
Additionally, the San Francisco Police Department has been busy seizing guns in the Mission over the last week:
Thursday, police stopped Patrick McTeague, an 18-year-old from Antioch,
and a companion in a car at 21st and Mission Streets for wearing red,
which "indicated possible Norteño gang activity," according to a release. McTeague was carrying a loaded handgun in his jacket pocket,
- On Monday, March 30, police discovered a loaded
handgun under the passenger seat of a Honda Accord parked at South Van
Ness Avenue and 18th Street occupied by Ronald Nalls II, 23, of San