Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Police Crash Allleged Norteño Gang Initiation in the Mission

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 10:59 AM

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:
  • Last

    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,

    police say.

  • 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


  • Pin It

Tags: ,

About The Author

Lauren Smiley


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"