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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Manuel Gallegos: Police Trying to Determine if Unconscious Man Was Victim of a Crime

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • Manuel Gallegos

Manuel Gallegos was found in the early hours Saturday morning unconscious with head wounds in Union Square. He had no wallet, no identification, and only a house key on him.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in critical condition, but nobody knew who he was. Gallegos was listed as "John Doe" while hospital staff put the word out to the media, hoping someone would help identify him. On Sunday night, a relative positively identified the 43-year-old Fremont man. He died Monday afternoon from his head injuries.

But what is still very much a mystery is what happened to Gallegos. San Francisco police are investigating the incident, and have not ruled it out as a possible crime. Initially, the hospital staff said his injuries suggest that he may have fell.

"We don't have anything -- this guy was found and transported to the hospital," said Officer Albie Esparza. "We don't know if it was just a fall or if he was a victim of a crime.

"It's being investigated until it's determined that it's not a crime," Esparza added.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy which should give police some clues about what might have happened to Gallegos. Until then, the cops are hoping that since Gallegos was found in the pedestrian-heavy Union Square area, that somebody saw something.

"What's interesting is it was Union Square, which, even at night, people are walking around -- there are people around and there are hotels around," Esparza told us. "So we are hoping someone saw something, or maybe because it's Union Square there are surveillance cameras nearby."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact SFPD at 575-4444 or text-a-tip at Tip411 with "SFPD" at beginning of the message.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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