Two men arraigned, plead not guilty in high speed chase 

Two men arrested after a weekend Bayview shooting and subsequent police pursuit pleaded not guilty Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court.

Michael Essick and Olujimi “Charles” Mabrey, both 26, were arrested by police Saturday.

The pair are charged with misdemeanor evading arrest. Essick faces an additional felony firearm-related charge, while Mabrey faces a felony evading police charge, prosecutors said.

Judge Gerardo Sandoval set bail at $75,000 for both defendants during the hearing, saying he couldn’t turn a “blind eye” to crime happening in the community.

After the shooting was reported at 6:25 p.m. Saturday, police found shell casings at Ingalls Street and Revere Avenue. No injuries were reported in the shooting, but a vehicle was struck by gunfire.

Police had a description of the suspects and spotted their vehicle. Police attempted to pull over the suspect vehicle, but the driver attempted to speed away.

While evading police, the suspects’ vehicle allegedly reached speeds of 60 mph in a residential zone, according to prosecutor Christopher Ulrich. The suspects allegedly fled on foot from the vehicle at Oakdale Avenue and Keith Street. Police said an officer witnessed Essick and Mabrey ditch two weapons before they were caught, but only the gun Essick is accused having was recovered.

Mabrey plans to transfer from City College San Francisco to the psychology department at San Francisco State next semester, but first needs to attend and pass his classes, his attorney Bicka Barlow told the judge.

Before the judge set bail, Barlow asked him to consider the student’s recent academic history, and lack of criminal record.

“If he stays in custody, he will not be able to take his finals,” Barlow told the judge. “This is an important life event for him to finish the semester.” Mabrey hasn’t had an interaction with police since 2013 or conviction since 2008, according to Barlow.

Attorney Adam Lipson said Essick is a lifelong San Francisco resident and member of the Ironworkers Local Union 377.

The two are scheduled to appear in court May 19.

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