Overnight campers and other transients involved in illegal activities in Golden Gate Park will be the focus of increased police patrols in the wake of two violent incidents in a four-day span.
On Sunday, 25-year-old Adam Noyes was stabbed to death by 65-year-old Richard Ray. Ray, who claimed he was attacked by Noyes, flagged down a passing car around 9:40 p.m. near John F. Kennedy and Conservatory drives. Ray is homeless and so was Noyes. Ray is being charged with murder, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
The stabbing took place four days after a pit bull attacked three people near Lloyd Lake, at John F. Kennedy and Crossover drives. The dogs are believed to have lived in homeless encampments in the park and were used for breeding.
The Recreation and Park Department is adding a “special daily evening patrol,” General Manager Phil Ginsburg said. Park Police Station Capt. Teresa Barrett said the police patrols would concentrate on the eastern portions of the park and near the Conservatory of Flowers.
In addition to the 4 a.m. sweeps officers have been doing for the past 10 months, Barrett said they would look for brush that could be cut back and lighting that could be improved to create better visibility for patrons.
“We’re going to start up early, get in there and cite individuals,” she said. “We have to address what’s been going on. Part of that is finding people with criminal histories and getting them out of there.”
Richmond Police Station Capt. Richard Corriea said patrols will be increased in the morning hours and could last as long as 60 days.
“I think people are frightened with these two incidents,” Corriea said. “The park is safe. We want everyone to feel safe.”