San Francisco police make arrest in Hog and Rocks cook killing 

A 15-year-old San Francisco boy was arrested Wednesday in connection with the senseless killing of a line cook who was smoking a cigarette outside a Mission district restaurant last month, police said.

The boy, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was charged with one count of homicide, two firearms violations and an enhancement for his alleged ties to a gang, police said.

At the time of the arrest, the boy was locked up in San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center on unrelated charges.

Police investigators said two Norteño gangbangers mistook Gaspar Puch-Tzek, 22, for a rival Sureño, when one of them shot the line cook in the head.



The shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 30 outside Hog and Rocks restaurant at 19th and San Carlos streets, where Puch-Tzek worked.

Puch-Tzek was a 22-year-old father of two working two jobs to support his family. He was smoking outside the eatery with another man when he was asked by two thugs what gang he represented, then shot.

Police investigators say the arrest came after a month-long investigation. Community members and merchants in the neighborhood offered tips that helped police develop “probable cause” to charge the juvenile, police said.

The shooting sparked outrage about gang violence in the Mission and fear about possible gang retaliation, which led to an increased police presence in the neighborhood.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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