Hello from Bayview Police Station! My name is Raj Vaswani and I am the new Captain here at Bayview. I want to congratulate Commander O’Sullivan for his promotion; I know he served the Bayview for a long time and was very well liked. I hope to build on the relationships he made.
I know many of the supervisors, officers, and managers that work here at Bayview. I can tell you that this is a very active station and we get ‘cream of the crop’ officers. I used to work at the old Potrero Station on 20th Street when I was a new officer in the early 90s, so coming back here as a Captain is very special to me.
My background is 20+ years in policing. I have worked as an officer at Potrero (now Bayview), Southern Station, Northern Station, and specifically the Northern Station Street Crimes Undercover Unit. I was promoted while at Northern Station then worked 8 years in Investigation Bureau as an Inspector. I transferred to Ingleside and Southern as a patrol supervisor. I went back to Investigations in the mid-2000s and worked on Burglary/Cold DNA cases. I was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Mission District. I have also held positions working closely with the Command Staff; in the Administration Bureau, I worked on special projects such as Police HQ building, the Sixth Street Substation, and business legislation/ permitting. While at the Hall of Justice, I eventually became the Commanding Officer of the Legal Division and was the Department’s liaison to the City Attorney’s Office for civil litigation, arbitration/mediation in Federal Court, and dealing with policy matters.
My last assignment was the Commanding Officer of Park Police Station. I absolutely loved the support from my Officers and Community there. I am honored to be your Police Captain and take the responsibilities of this position very seriously. I have already checked out a marked police car and started to visit the neighborhoods personally. I have started to meet with community leaders and as I get settled, I’m looking forward to meeting more. I’m committed to be responsive and will try my best to address your policing needs.
Please visit me at my 1st Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 5th at Bayview Station!
Auto Theft Arrest – 4800 block of 3rd – 4/23/15, 3:08 pm
Officers stopped a car for a traffic violation. During the course of the investigation, they determined that the vehicle had been reported as stolen. The suspect was arrested and booked on auto theft and possession of stolen property charges. (SFPD Case No. 150354670)
Auto Theft Arrest – 1100 block of Thomas – 4/24/15, 1:43 pm
Officers responded on a call of an occupied stolen vehicle. The victim met with the officers and pointed out one of his company vans that had been stolen from the Ingleside district earlier that day. The victim went looking for the van and upon locating it, noticed a suspect inside who had fled prior to the officers’ arrival. The officers located the suspect nearby. He was identified by the victim and placed under arrest. The suspect was found to have burglary tools in his possession. He was booked on auto theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools charges. (SFPD Case No. 150357351)
Shots Fired – unit block of Somerset – 4/25/15, 10:52 am
Officers responded to a call of multiple gunshots. They located several spent casing in the street as well as gunshot damage to a nearby building. The officers secured the scene and obtained witness statements. They searched the area for possible victims and additional damage but were unable to locate any that day. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident, which is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 150359852)
Auto Theft Arrest – Innes / Earl – 4/25/15, 10:55 am
Officers conducted a record check of a vehicle driving along the 1700 block of Jerrold. The record check revealed that the car had been reported as stolen. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was arrested without incident. He was booked on auto theft and possession of stolen property charges (SFPD Case No. 150288762)
Auto Theft Arrest – 900 block of Bayshore – 4/26/15, 5:50 pm
Officers spotted a subject, who they recognized from numerous auto theft arrests, driving in the area. They conducted a record check of the license plate of the car she was driving and determined that the plate had been reported as stolen. A record check of the vehicle’s VIN revealed that the car itself had been reported stolen as well. The driver was arrested without incident. She was booked on auto theft and possession of stolen property charges. (SFPD Case No. 150364152)
Shooting – 3rd / Palou – 4/27/15, 12:21 pm
A 19 year old male victim was shot on the MUNI T-line. The victim was transported to SFGH where he was listed in critical condition. He is expected to survive. The officers secured the crime scene and preserved all evidence. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 150361681)
Narcotics Arrest – Bayshore / Egbert – 4/27/15, 2:23 pm
Officers stopped a motorcyclist for a traffic violation and discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and searched. The officers discovered heroin and crack cocaine in his possession. The suspect was booked on his warrant and narcotics charges. (SFPD Case No. 150366023)
Narcotics Arrest – Revere / Jennings – 4/27/15, 4:30 pm
Officers attempted to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation at Thomas and Lane. The driver refused to yield and accelerated away at a high rate of speed, running several stop signs as he fled. The officers did not pursue the motorcycle in the interest of safety, however, as they drove in the area they spotted the motorcycle laying on the ground on the 1300 block of Revere. They also saw the suspect leaving the scene on foot. He was taken into custody and searched. The officers found a large amount of marijuana in his possession along with packaging material. He was booked on narcotics and evading charges. (SFPD Case No. 150366409)
Stabbing Arrest – 1100 block of Connecticut – 4/27/15, 6:55
Officers responded to a call of an assault and located a 42 year old female victim with multiple lacerations. She knew the suspect and provided his identifying information and description to the officers. He was located in the area and taken into custody. The suspect was booked on aggravated assault with a knife and mayhem charges. (SFPD Case No. 150366998)
Robbery – unit block of Bayshore – 4/27/15, 7:30 pm
A 31 year old victim was walking when he was grabbed from behind and dragged to the ground by two suspects. One of the suspects sprayed the victim with pepper spray while the other pulled the victim’s backpack from his shoulders and removed valuables from his pockets. The suspects fled on foot. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 150367071)
Bank Robbery Arrest – 4900 block of 3rd – 4/28/15, 3:32 pm
Officers responded to a silent hold up alarm at a bank. They determined that a suspect handed the teller a note that demanded money with a threat of death if the demand was not met. The teller complied and handed over a stack of cash after which the suspect left. The officers searched the area located the suspect who was positively identified. The stolen currency was recovered. The suspect was booked on bank robbery and possession of stolen property charges. (SFPD Case No. 150369550)
Stabbing – 7th / Irwin – 4/28/15, 4:06 pm
The 43 year old male victim was stabbed in the leg as he stopped to speak with an acquaintance. He saw two suspects fleeing the scene on bicycles. The motivation for the crime is yet to be determined. This incident is under investigation. (SFPD Case No. 150369776)
Auto Theft, narcotics Arrest – unit block of Nichols – 4/28/15, 7:58 pm
Officers noticed that the license plate of a vehicle in the area was on their “hot sheet” (list of wanted vehicles). The driver was arrested and searched. He was on probation and had methamphetamine on his person. He was booked on auto theft and narcotics charges along with a probation violation. (SFPD Case No. 150364691)
4/26/15, 3:50 am – 6:40 pm, unit block Arkansas, office, items stolen to be determined (SFPD Case No. 150362457)
4/27/15, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 1400 block LaSalle, apartment, money stolen (SFPD Case No. 150367162)
04/26/15, 5:00 pm, Newhall / Carroll, GPS stolen
04/26/15, 11:00 pm, 700 block Jerrold, speakers stolen
4/24/15, 4:30 pm – 7:00 am, 2500 block 3rd, tan Jeep Grand Cherokee
4/27/15, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Evans / 3rd, white Honda Accord
4/27/15, 7:20 pm – 7:00 am, 1700 block Quesada, white Honda Civic
4/28/15, 2:20 pm – 2:23 pm, 100 block Hale, black Honda Accord
Bayview Station holds community meetings with the Captain on the first Tuesday of each month. The next Community meeting will be on Tuesday, May 5th, at 6 PM
Bayview Station Community Room 201 Williams Avenue (Cross Street Phelps)