Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
The 360° blotter is back, and better than before. Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year.
We're kicking off the revamped police briefing with 3 reports. Out of San Francisco, a wild murder-for-hire story that has a pretty strange twist in the end. In Boston, we've posted the pictures of two wanted suspects accused of threatening a kid with a knife. And, in tony Beverly Hills, the police department is looking to hire a sergeant. The pay is pretty sweet – more than 100k a year. Maybe you're their candidate! Now, let's get started with the 360 crime blotter:
San Francisco Police Dept.
San Francisco Police arrested two suspects in a kill-for-hire incident who targeted a 23-year-old San Francisco woman. Taken into custody January 17 were Deonte Bennett, 24, of Oakland, and Emerson Portillo, 24, of San Francisco.
The incident began on Friday, January 16, when the victim called Portillo at approximately 7:30 P.M. to pick her up from a location in South San Francisco.
Portillo called the victim and told her that, because he had been arrested for a traffic violation, someone else, who turned out to be the second suspect in this case, Bennett, would pick her up instead in the victim’s own vehicle.
Bennett, who was not known to the victim, picked her up at approximately 10:00 P.M. Once in the car, he told her that the first suspect in this case, Portillo, had ordered him to kill her, and had already been given half of the $5,000 to do the job and held a gun against her head.
Fearing for her life and desperate, the victim told Bennett that she would pay him $2,500 not to kill her.
They drove to the victim’s residence in the Bayview District, and the suspect took about $200 in cash from the victim and forced her at gunpoint back into her car. After driving around the district, the suspect got out of the victim’s vehicle and walked off. The victim then reported the incident to police.
Based upon a coordinated investigation conducted by the Domestic Violence Unit, the Special Investigations Division, the Tactical Investigations Unit, Northern Station Street Crimes Unit, and Ingleside and Taraval stations, Bennett was arrested in Emeryville Saturday at approximately 6:20 P.M., and Portillo in San Francisco approximately ten minutes later. This rapid and coordinated effort resulted in two dangerous suspects being quickly removed from the community.
Both suspects remain in custody and are charged with attempted murder, murder-for-hire, conspiracy, and false imprisonment.
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office, 553-1651.
Boston Police Dept
Assault on a 7-Year-old
The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to locate two suspects wanted in connection with the assault of a 7-year-old child. The suspects, 28-year-old Richard Edwards and 25-year-old Dawn Connolly, have addresses in the Hyannis area.
At about 10:33pm on Thursday, January 22, 2009, officers received a radio call for an assault with a knife at 300 Longwood Ave., Mission Hill. Officers spoke with the victim who stated that her 7-year-old child was threatened with a knife. Both Edwards and Connolly are wanted for this assault and have warrants out for their arrest relative to this incident.
Make & Model: 1995 Oldsmobile Ciera/ four-door
License Plate: MA 23-NZ-75
If anyone has information about these perpetrators you are encouraged to please contact District B2 detectives at 617-343-4275.
Beverly Hills Police Dept:
Job Title: Police Sergeant
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/13/09 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $40.87 – $53.61 hourly
$3,269.54 – $4,288.62 biweekly
$7,084.00 – $9,292.00 monthly
$85,008.00 – $111,504.00 annually
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Beverly Hills Police Department, California
Supervises operation of a police station during an assigned shift protecting life and property, and maintaining law and order.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of police administration and personnel functions to include supervisory skills. Ability to think clearly and respond quickly in emergency situations. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of Federal and State laws, City ordinances and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Knowledge of City streets and address system. Skill in operating police equipment and vehicles.