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Man on probation arrested in slaying of Amador Valley grad

Kathryn Steinle fatally shot as she walked with dad on San Francisco's Pier 14

Police have arrested a man on probation out of Texas who is accused of killing a 32-year-old Amador Valley High grad in broad daylight near the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday.

San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle, who grew up in Pleasanton, was shot and killed on Pier 14, just off Embarcadero in the city's South Beach neighborhood at about 6:30 p.m., San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Andraychak held a press conference Thursday afternoon a few feet from the pier where Steinle was shot.

Despite the homicide that occurred less than 24 hours prior, tourists and joggers once again populated the pier area Thursday.

Police have arrested a suspect, identified as Francisco Sanchez, in connection with the homicide. Andraychak said Sanchez is 45 or 46 years old and on probation out of Texas, but he declined to say what part of Texas Sanchez is from or what brought him to San Francisco.

Andraychak said that there "does not appear to be any connection between the victim and the suspect" and that the homicide "appears to be a very random act."

He said a motive for the killing has not been determined.

Andraychak said that at about 6:30 p.m. Steinle was with her family about two-thirds of the way down the pier, "just out enjoying the day," when she was struck by gunfire.

Medics responded to the pier and found Steinle suffering from at least one gunshot wound to her upper torso. Steinle was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, according to Andraychak.

He said witnesses saw the suspected shooter and handed over photographs of the man to police.

Officers flooded the area and within an hour had detained Sanchez, who matched the description and photographs of a "possible person of interest."

He was walking on the sidewalk near the corner of Embarcadero and Townsend Street, a few blocks away from Pier 14, when police detained him at about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, according to Andraychack.

Investigators are still working to determine the suspect's birth date and are in the process of fingerprinting him. A booking photo was not immediately being released, Andraychack said.

Andraychak said that it does not appear that any words were exchanged between Steinle and the suspect.

He said Steinle's family resides in Pleasanton and that they are "distraught" over her death.

Andraychak said her family wanted the police department to relay a message to the public, expressing their gratitude to all the Good Samaritans who tried to help their daughter following the shooting and to all those who provided police with information about the suspect.

Andraychak said the weapon used in the shooting was not on Sanchez's person when he was detained and that a dive team searched the water surrounding the pier for evidence. He said the divers retrieved something, but he wasn't able to say what they found.

The safety of this busy tourist area was further brought into question Thursday when two television news crews that were covering the homicide at the pier at about 6 a.m. today were robbed of their video cameras at gunpoint by three suspects, one of them wearing a ski mask.

The man also pistol-whipped a camera operator before fleeing in a suspect vehicle.

Andraychak said that while no arrests have been made in connection with the robbery of the camera crews, police have a photo of that suspect and have a suspect vehicle description along with license plate information.

Despite the homicide and the armed robberies of the camera crew, Andraychak stood on the pier today and said "This is a very safe place to be." However, he encouraged anyone who sees something or someone out of place to report it.

Anyone with further information, photos or videos, including footage from surveillance systems, is asked to contact San Francisco police t (415) 575-4444 and may remain anonymous.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

23 people like this
Posted by EMTguy
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm

-“ABC7news has learned that the suspect in the fatal shooting at Pier 14 was deported to Mexico several times and is on probation from Texas.” ----

Web Link

Face it, despite the general perception, other than those detained right at the border, almost no one who is here illegally is kept out for long.
They are either allowed to stay, or even if deported, they simply turn around and return. Even the worst criminals.
All the talk of extensive deportations is manufactured misinformation put out by pressure groups and easily duped media types.


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Posted by Goodness
a resident of Oak Tree Acres
on Jul 2, 2015 at 7:33 pm

To the family of Kathryn Steinle, we are extremely sad hearing this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope, we pray, we love, we remember...the good things of life like your Kathryn. We wrap our arms around you now.


32 people like this
Posted by chris
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm

To the Family of Katie..So very sorry for your loss..No loss greater than that of a child and sister..Please know those you may not even know are praying for you... God Bless.


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Posted by Illegal will walk
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 3, 2015 at 7:59 am

If the suspect really is here illegally, he has nothing to worry about, especially in SF. He probably will be out on bail soon and vanish.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 3, 2015 at 8:18 am

What's more shocking to me is that the lib left media and their followers are trying not to project the truth that this guy is a felon and has been deported many times and is an illegal but rather a "Texan" killed her. Come on Weekly.


14 people like this
Posted by olfthfl
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 3, 2015 at 8:24 am

Donald Trump is looking better!


14 people like this
Posted by Pepper
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 3, 2015 at 8:44 am

Trump deserves an apology from iillegitimate media!


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Posted by This is no about politics
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jul 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

To the PW trolls who attempt to turn the death of a beautiful young woman into hatred towards "libs" and "illegals", show some respect for Katie and her family, if you're even still capable.

Everyone in this community, including documented and undocumented immigrants are grieving alongside the Steinle family. May Katie's soul rest in peace, and may those who knew her draw strength from LOVE and PRAYERS (not hate) during this difficult time.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

I don't understand how the victim was casually mentioned as "woman with ties to Pleasanton" in a previous article which still sits as is, yet the suspect can be described as "Texan" just by having been arrested and deported from Texas.

I have family in Texas and I don't think it is appropriate to call the suspect "Texan".


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

It's all about politics,

He should not have been here! And this will continue until we put pressure on our officials. California prisons are full of illegals. To deny its an issue is bs.


9 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 10:58 am

The fact remains that most crime in America is committed by US citizens upon US citizens. Trying to blame crime on illegal immigration is scapegoating racism. Donald Trump's comments were racist stereotyping, trying to stir up the fear and hatred of immigrants, people different, presumably, from "us". The problems of crime and illegal immigration ARE connected, but they have more to do with our own policies toward criminals and the economic problems both here and abroad. Trump's (and others') comments to the contrary are simplistic and alarmist.

None of this absolves the criminal in this case of the cruelty and arbitrariness of his crime. I'll bet a certain amount of mental illness is involved here. No extra guns at the scene could have prevented a random crime committed without warning. Reasonable gun laws are not about taking "your" guns away, but about trying to keep guns out of the hands of men like this...


3 people like this
Posted by Educated
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:36 am

Pleasanton Weekly, you REALLY need to change the headline. It makes your bias just a little too obvious.


4 people like this
Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:50 am

San Francisco PD had detained him a month or so ago for an unrelated crime. They were aware is was illegal, had been deported multiple times, was on parole as a convicted demon in Texas in an aggravated assault charge but by their own admission did not tell INS because they are a santuary city and released him back into the city.


15 people like this
Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Sad to see this forum devolve into a bash-fest based on the race/ethnicity of the killer. Did we start bashing all white people on these forums for the death of Diana Hersevoort on Foothill Road by a psychopathic teen who didn't have a care in the world about how his reckless driving endangered the lives of those around him? No. But you can bet that if this teen driver had been Hispanic that we would hear no end to the rants against him and his race and ethnicity on these forums. How about that Castlewood killer who bludgeoned and killed his own parents in a double homicide? Wasn't he white, too? Or how about the killer of little Tina Faelz, the high school student who was brutally stabbed dozens of times? Wasn't that killer white, too? Hmmm. I think I'm starting to see a pattern here....


13 people like this
Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm

So far the only comments involving race are from those who say we shouldn't care about the fact that the killer was an illegal immigrant, and accusing others of racism for bringing up the immigration status of the suspect.

Hmm....I think I'm starting to see a pattern here...


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm

@Damon,

I think bringing attention to the immigration status of the suspect is appropriate in this case, as FrequentWalkerMiles says. I don't think this is racism.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm

@BobB :"I think bringing attention to the immigration status of the suspect is appropriate in this case, as FrequentWalkerMiles says. I don't think this is racism."

Several posters here made remarks in support of Donald Trump's statements on Mexicans and illegal immigrants. Do you think that Donald Trump's statements were not racist? I suggest thinking about that a bit before you answer.


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

@FrequentWalkerMiles: "So far the only comments involving race are from those who say we shouldn't care about the fact that the killer was an illegal immigrant..."

I guess that you didn't see the comments here voicing support for Donald Trump's views, then.


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Posted by beach bum
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

"Texan" ? ... paging George Orwell..


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

per Chronicles

"A lawyer for San Francisco's sheriff's office says it had no authority to honor an immigration detainer on a suspect in the shooting death of a woman at a popular tourist destination.


Francisco Sanchez has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times, most recently in 2009, a federal agency said Friday. He was arrested about an hour after Wednesday's seemingly random slaying of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 — one of the busiest attractions in the city . . .

Kice said ICE issued a detainer for Sanchez in March. She said the detainer was not honored.

Freya Horne, counsel for the sheriff's office, said Friday that federal detention orders are not a "legal basis" to hold someone, so Sanchez was released April 15. San Francisco is a sanctuary city and local money cannot be spent to cooperate with federal immigration law."


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Looks like he was turned over by ICE to SFPD for a drug warrant, but the city turned him loose citing their right to not comply with federal holds

per CBS news

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had turned Francisco Sanchez over to San Francisco police March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant, agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. His criminal history includes seven prior felony convictions, four involving narcotics charges.

...

Kice said ICE issued a detainer for Sanchez in March, requesting to be notified if he was going to be released. The detainer was not honored, she said.

"ICE places detainers on aliens arrested on criminal charges to ensure dangerous criminals are not released from prisons or jails into our communities," Kice said.

Friday evening, an attorney for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department said it had no authority to honor the immigration hold. Freya Horne said that federal detention orders are not a "legal basis" to hold someone, so Sanchez was released April 15."


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Posted by Pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

My prayers to the family.
Illegal is not a race. This is not a racial issue. it most certainly is an issue about illegal immigration and how are elected officials policies directly lead to American deaths. I and many have commented on here about this very issue and now it is in our backyard. The People who condone, who minimize. i.e. " undocumented" and support illegal immigration you have blood on their hands. Shame on you
Yes in America you are entitled to your opinion, but that does not make your opinion fact.
100 % of illegal immigrants are criminals by the fact their presence here is illegal. Fact.
I don't much care for Trump but his message is fact. Illegal immigrants from all over the world come to America from Mexico. And guess what some of them are Mexican. Fact. Some of these illegal Mexicans are killing Americans. Fact. So the facts are illegal immigrants from Mexico are coming illegally through the Mexican boarder and killing Americans. Fact
When it's your daughter, son ,mother ,father ,wife, husband I wonder if you would run so quick to twist the facts minimize the damage and defend the illegal killers coming to our country everyday.


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Posted by linda
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 3, 2015 at 6:05 pm

AMEN to the man who said, Donald Trump has it right and he is looking better and better.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Lets break this down in to just the facts:
The killer was here Illegally. He had been deported several times and was arrested for other crimes. Yet, he was allowed to stay here and now this poor girl is dead. If the government had the balls to uphold our laws this young girl would still be alive. Those are the facts. Anything else is BS. Spin it all you want....you can not change those facts, but you can change the outcome for the next victim. Stop making excuses for those who break our laws and come here illegally. Demand that the Government protect the border as is demanded in the US constitution. So, yeah...it is political.


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Posted by tiki3
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

My condolences to the Steinle family for their loss. :(


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

@sanity: "The killer in this case is YOU and everyone else who makes pitiful excuses for why its okay to break our immigration laws."

Whoa! There's a giant sized straw man argument if I ever saw one. Who here said "its okay to break our immigration laws"?

Hey, kids! "Sanity" here just quite nicely (although unwittingly) illustrated a common logical fallacy. Here's a definition of "straw man argument" that you might want to study for you debate class:

"A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument, while actually refuting an argument which was not advanced by that opponent."

Wikipedia: "Straw Man": Web Link


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:09 pm

What Damon has illustrated is the typical Liberal "Red Herring" which is meant to throw the conversation off of the actual facts an on to anything else when you have no real argument. ALL of what I stated is true. Those are the facts. ALL of what you stated is irrelevant BS. What a sad silly man you are.

Web Link)


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Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm

@sanity

Hey "sanity"! Back up your statement! Here's a direct quote from your post: "The killer in this case is YOU and everyone else who makes pitiful excuses for why its okay to break our immigration laws."

Where did anyone here say " its okay to break our immigration laws"?

You know the old saying: "Put up or shut up".


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Fair enough, I prefer you shut up.

You are not addressing the facts, I will not play your thinly veiled game of distraction.
How YOU about addressing that facts?


3 people like this
Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:25 pm

@sanity

LOL! You don't even have the integrity to admit that you can't back up your own statement and that you made a mistake.

I would have gone easy on you if you simply admitted that you overstated things in the heat of an argument. In fact I would have admired you for it. Pretty sad that you weren't man enough to just admit you made a mistake.


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