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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Anthony Gardenal, 'Agitated' Dementia Patient, Still At Large

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 5:10 PM

click to enlarge Anthony Gardenal, who demonstratively exited his assisted living facility on Saturday
  • Anthony Gardenal, who demonstratively exited his assisted living facility on Saturday
Anthony Gardenal, the 73-year-old dementia patient who went missing from his Mission District assisted care facility on Saturday, is still missing. According to staff at the Araville Residential Care Home at 1506 Florida Street, you should be on the lookout for a 6-foot-2, 73-year-old man -- who likes to shout.

Caregiver Ellen Aquino described Gardenal's Saturday flight from the facility as a loud, profanity-filled affair that left Muni patrons waiting at a nearby bus stop gawking.

Gardenal, who has only lived at the San Francisco facility for around two months, was "agitated" on that day. This, Aquino notes, is not unusual -- "he is always yelling and shouting."

On that day, Gardenal told staff he was going to the Bank of America -- and he was going now. According to the caretaker, he marched downstairs and out of the building. While staff followed him, he abused them with four-letter epithets, drawing the attention of nearby Muni patrons.

At this point, Aquino recalled, another elderly resident called out to the staff from upstairs, forcing them to run and attend to her. When they returned, Gardenal was gone.

When he marched off to Bank of America on Saturday afternoon, Gardenal was outfitted in a blue jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, a black T-shirt, jeans, and black shoes. He apparently has a fondness for the downtown area.

If you see him walking down the street, says San Francisco Police spokesman Officer Samson Chan, call 911. If Gardenal is sedentary, then call the non-emergency number: (415) 553-0123.

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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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