Hit-and-run rampage suspect Popal
to appear in court today
By Erica Holt / Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
September 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A Fremont man accused of a slew
of felonies in connection with a hit-and-run rampage in San Francisco
on Aug. 29 that injured at least 14 pedestrians is scheduled to
appear in San Francisco Superior Court today for an arraignment,
the district attorney's office reports.
Superior Court Judge Donna Little on Thursday ordered a psychological
report on Omeed Aziz Popal, 29, who didn't show up for his original
arraignment and has been denied bail.
Popal is accused of 18 counts of assault with a deadly weapon,
a felony count of battery on a peace officer causing injury and
a felony count of reckless evasion from police, according to the
district attorney's office.
A prosecutor said in court on Thursday that Popal had told authorities
that he wanted to kill a police officer, but couldn't find any,
as he allegedly plowed his black Honda Pilot into pedestrians
in locations scattered throughout northern San Francisco from
Pacific Heights to Presidio Heights.
San Francisco police reported that Popal began his rampage at
Sutter and Webster streets and came to a stop only when police
boxed in his SUV on Spruce Street between California and Mayfair
streets and took him into custody. The entire attack lasted 14
minutes and created 13 crime scenes. An FBI agent on his lunch
break, a cyclist, a teenager and a 52-year-old woman were among
Popal's 14 victims in San Francisco, according to police.
Authorities believe that before the hit-and-run spree in San
Francisco, in Fremont, Popal drove into and killed a 54-year-old
pedestrian, Stephen J. Wilson of Fremont.
The Alameda County district attorney's reported that on Thursday
it filed a murder warrant against Popal for the death of Wilson
to ensure that Popal will be transferred to Alameda County eventually
to face the murder charges.
Popal is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. in department 12 at San
Francisco's Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant St.
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