SF North Beach Jewelry Store Owner Murdered, 2 Arrested

By Joe Vazquez, CBS 5

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — San Francisco police on Wednesday arrested a man and a woman in connection with the murder of a jewelry store owner in the city’s North beach neighborhood.

SFPD Officer Eric Chiang told CBS 5 that a homeless woman named Tanya Rains, 58, was charged with homicide and burglary. Edward Hawk, 31, was charged only with burglary.

The body of Lyn Frederic Magnuson was found by officers responding to a request for a well-being check around 8 p.m. Tuesday at his business, Lyn F. Magnuson Design Company, located at 2100 Mason Street near Lombard Street, Chiang said.

The arrest of Rains and Hawk came after police said they found evidence linking the pair to the burglary and murder scene, but investigators would not elaborate as to whether that evidence was stolen jewelry.

Chiang said the circumstances of the homicide were complicated and he declined to provide further details.

But SFPD Chief Jeff Godown had told CBS 5 on Tuesday night that the victim died of a gunshot wound.

Magnuson lived at the back of his shop, which opened last December. He was a well-known local artist who had produced handmade jewelry for 40 years.

The homicide was San Francisco’s 17th of the year, almost double the total of nine at this point in 2010, police said.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)


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