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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Heriberto Gonzalez Accused of Armed Recycling Robbery

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

click to enlarge Hands off! These are mine!
  • Hands off! These are mine!

Is Heriberto Gonzalez just an overemphatic recycler? Or a man who thinks that a three-inch steak knife entitles you to another man's bag of crap? Or both? That's for the courts to decide.

Gonzalez was arrested for the attempted robbery of another man's  bottles and cans over the weekend, as earlier reported here on SF Weekly. A few more details about this odd crime have since emerged.

Gonzalez, a 43-year-old transient, allegedly approached a 36-year-old transient at the corner of Valencia and Mission Saturday night. The victim -- who claims he does not know Gonzalez -- says he was told to hand over his shopping cart full of bottles and cans as it was, in Gonzalez' view, his property. This came as a surprise to the owner of the cart, and a dispute ensued.

The victim says he fended off Gonzalez, despite the latter allegedly pulling a knife. The shopping cart owner then ran across the street to what must be the last functioning phone booth in the city and called the cops, who quickly arrested Gonzalez.

The alleged knife man was arrested for giving a false ID to the cops and attempted robbery. He also has an outstanding pot possession warrant from San Mateo County -- so he's headed back there eventually.

Our calls to the District Attorney's office to ascertain what charges Gonzalez is facing as well as his whereabouts have not yet been returned.

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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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