Man arrested for possessing murdered man's ATM card ID'd 

A career criminal who allegedly possessed a Mission district murder victim's ATM card will be arraigned on a theft charge in a San Francisco courtroom Thursday afternoon, prosecutors said.

Roland E. Pouncy, 42, of San Francisco, has been charged with one count of receiving stolen property in connection to the mysterious killing of Richard Sprague, 47, of San Francisco. He has not been charged with murder, though police have not said whether he remains a suspect in the homicide.

Neighbors heard Sprague cry out for help in the 100 block of Julian Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., but no one called 911 until about five hours later. Residents figured someone would have aided him on the well-populated block.

Around 1:20 p.m. that day, police stopped and searched Pouncy at 16th and Mission streets, just block from where Sprague's body was found.  Pouncy was allegedly in possession of Sprague's Well's Fargo ATM card. Police have not said why they suspected Pouncy.

Pouncy has been to prison twice, the first for a 2000 conviction for possession of cocaine for sale in San Francisco and the second in 2006 for possession of a controlled substance, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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