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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Alleged S.F. Road Warrior Omeed Popal to Face 35 Felony Counts

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 9:40 AM

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Omeed Popal and his wife, in happier days (by default).

Omeed Popal, the possibly deranged SUV driver who told San Francisco police "everyone needs to be killed" after allegedly re-enacting "Death Race 2000" in a lethal rampage around the Bay Area, has been ordered by Superior Court Judge Carol Yaggy to stand trial on 35 felony counts.

He is accused of leaving 19 people injured in San Francisco and killing a man in Fremont following a hit-and-run spree in August of 2006. At the time, Internet rumors cast Popal as a jihadi, killing infidels on the streets of San Francisco with his annointed SUV. That, it seems, was not the case.

In any event, it will all come out in court. Here's the announcement from the San Francisco District Attorney's office (and, keep in mind, Popal is still on the hook for that Fremont homicide):

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Yaggy determined on January 7, 2008, to

hold the defendant to answer to 16 counts of attempted murder, 16 felony

counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of battery on a

peace office, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace

officer, and one felony count of reckless evasion from police.

Each of the attempted murder counts include allegations that the defendant

acted with premeditation and deliberation. The defendant could face life in

prison for these crimes.

The preliminary hearing began on December 12, 2007. The District Attorney's

Office called 46 witnesses, and the court reviewed medical records for 12

different victims. The next court date is scheduled for January 22, in

Dept. 22, 850 Bryant Street, for an arraignment on the information.

— Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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