Suspected thief died after fleeing citizens
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
April 10, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A man who appears to have jumped
into a canal and drowned at Channel and Fourth streets in San
Francisco this afternoon may have been trying to escape from at
least one citizen who suspected him of theft and attempted to
chase him down, police say.
Earlier reports incorrectly stated the man drowned following
a police pursuit.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead
man as 27-year-old Maurice Tillmon of San Francisco. An autopsy
is scheduled for Tuesday.
The University of California, San Francisco police are conducting
an investigation into Tillmon's death.
In addition, the San Francisco Police Department is conducting
an independent investigation.
"We're conducting our independent investigation to document
the circumstances surrounding the death of the person who was
fleeing the scene of a burglary, but we found no reason to believe
anything improper occurred,"
Officer Maria Oropeza of the San Francisco Police Department
UCSF spokesman Wallace Ravven said the incident began with a
911 call to campus police just before 2 p.m.. The caller reported
that several laptop computers and other personal property were
stolen from the community center on the university's Mission Bay
campus. The center serves as a recreational facility for both
students and the neighboring residents, as well as a public meeting
space, Ravven said.
UCSF police responded to the incident and were told by several
witnesses that "at least one person chased the suspect and
lost sight of him near the canal northeast of UCSF Mission Bay
campus," Ravven said.
Fire officials who searched the area found Tillmon's body in
the canal. Tillmon reportedly matched the suspect description.
UCSF police ask that anyone with any information regarding the
incident call Sgt. Ed Huang at 415-476-1414.
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