More than 70 career criminals were arrested in a citywide operation Wednesday aimed at quelling a recent crime uptick in The City.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said there was no connection between the people arrested other than all of them being wanted for various crimes. Overall, 50 people were taken in for felony warrants, 17 for parole violations, and five for misdemeanor crimes. The offenses ranged from domestic violence charges to public nuisance violations and possession of narcotics.
In the last several weeks, The City has seen a spate of violent crimes, including a grisly quintuple murder in the Ingleside District on March 23. While Suhr said those crimes appear to be aberrations, he said he didn’t want to “tempt fate” by allowing more wanted criminals to wander the streets, potentially lengthening the spell of violence.
“All these folks arrested put others at risk,” said Suhr.
Suhr specifically made note of the arrest of Keimareea Lake, a convicted gang member who was taken in Wednesday for two violations of court orders. Suhr frequently encountered Lake while he was a captain at the Bayview Station.
“Whenever this guy is in custody, the Bayview is a safer place,” Suhr said of Lake.
The Police Department frequently carries out these multiagency operations, Suhr said. A similar effort earlier this year resulted in 70 arrests.