Charges filed against man accused
of stalking San Francisco Mayor Newsom
Han Shin with Mayor Gavin Newsom, 2/12/7
Photo by Pia Torelli,
World Picture Network,
special to Fog City Journal
By Caitilin McAdoo, Bay City News Service
March 5, 2007
Contra Costa County prosecutors filed charges Friday against
a Union City man who allegedly tried to run over a San Ramon man
Wednesday, according to the district attorney's office.
Han Shin, 42, who has also been accused of stalking
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, has been charged with one
count of first-degree residential burglary, three counts of assault
with a deadly weapon and one count of vandalism.
He is scheduled to appear in Contra Costa County Superior Court
in Martinez for an arraignment at 1:30 p.m. today.
The charges stem from an incident that took place Wednesday morning
when Shin reportedly went to a house in the 2100 block of Longleaf
Circle in San Ramon to confront a man with whom he had once had
a romantic relationship. The person Shin intended to confront
wasn't there, but his roommate answered the door, Contra Costa
County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.
"Han forces his way into the house, pushes his way past
the roommate, goes inside, takes some items, including money and
a picture of the man he intended to confront," Lee said last
Shin then left the residence, but the roommate followed him outside
to find out who he was, Lee said. At that point, Shin allegedly
tried to run over the roommate three times with his vehicle, according
San Ramon police officers identified Shin -- the car he was driving
was registered in his name, Lee said -- obtained an arrest warrant
and took Shin into custody around 8:30 p.m. at his parents house
in the 35000 block of Begonia Street in Union City. According
to Lee, Shin apparently lived with his parents.
San Francisco and Union City police also helped with the arrest,
Before making their arrest, police had to force their way into
the house. They found Shin hiding in a closet, Lee said. As police
were attempting to arrest him, he allegedly attacked a San Ramon
police detective, hitting him in the face.
The detective was not seriously injured, Lee said.
Lee said that Shin's arrest Wednesday had nothing to do with
the allegations that Shin had been stalking Newsom.
Newsom filed a temporary restraining order against Shin that
has been in effect since Feb. 21.
According to a complaint filed by the San Francisco City Attorney's
office, Shin has been accused of snapping photos of Newsom from
the waist down during a public meeting and of sneaking into Newsom's
Russian Hill apartment building, where he was escorted out by
The case of the restraining order was scheduled to go before
a judge in San Francisco on March 7.
Shin also had a warrant out for his arrest from San Mateo County
for felony evasion of a police officer, Lee said.
Shin remains in county jail in Martinez. His bail has been set
at $160,000 for the Contra Costa County charges with an additional
$10,000 for the San Mateo County warrant, according to jail officials.
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