SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) — A burglary suspect was arrested in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood Wednesday, accused of going on a rampage, breaking windows and terrifying neighbors.
Around 11:30 a.m., police said the man was moving across rooftops of several buildings at Franklin and Sacramento Streets, trying to break in.
Clarissa Javier said she could see the man one floor below from her second story window and dialed 911. She said the man tried to smash in a door with a skateboard.
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“I was whispering, ‘911 please come, I don’t want him to get into the building.’ I was afraid and I didn’t know my neighbors were home. I was afraid I was the only one in the building,” she said.
Lt. Troy Dangerfield of the San Francisco Police Department said the man appeared to panic after police arrived.
“The guy noticed the police were here and he started to break in to other apartments, trying to get out, going over fences. He ended up on the roof. We had numerous 911 calls about this guy,” Dangerfield said.
Police responded by surrounding the apartment buildings and went unit-by-unit looking for the suspect. They finally caught up with the suspect in a garage, where he was wearing only his boxer shorts and was covered with cuts.
The suspect was arrested and treated for the cuts. Police said the suspect appeared to be impaired, either from mental illness or drugs. The suspect’s name has not been released.
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