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Monday, September 28, 2009

Foom! Another Car Goes Up In Flames In the Outer Richmond.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 7:15 AM

At around 5 this morning, an unknown person punched out the rear window of a silver Toyota near Anza and 33rd, tossed in some newspapers, and executed yet another car arson in the Geary corridor, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Readers may recall the spate of 13 immolated cars occurring in July; police had been keen to point out that, following the July 30 arrest of 62-year-old homeless woman Fafa Chan, those arsons stopped -- except for these two, which hardly burned their intended vehicular victims and police discounted as copycats.

Of course, SF Weekly looked at the tally of charred cars surreptitiously attributed to Chan and noted that burning so many vehicles across town in so little time would require her to be the middle-aged, female, homeless version of The Flash. Unlike the two abortive arsons mentioned above, this morning's featured newspaper as an accelerant -- one of the hallmarks of the earlier spree.

San Francisco police officials were quick to tell KTVU that this was, indeed, an arson. 

As for Chan supposedly being the magic bullet in this arson case, here's how we put it before:

While it doesn't sound as impressive, the police can still claim that no car fires have been lit since Chan's incarceration other than those three that she didn't light but they don't think had anything to do with the fires they're not ready to say she lit.

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Joe Eskenazi

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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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