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District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Charges Against Nine People for the Organized Retail Theft at Union Square

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Rachel Marshall / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org

Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney

Robyn Burke / Robyn.Burke@sfgov.org

Public Information Officer

 

District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Charges Against Nine People for the Organized Retail Theft at Union Square 

SAN FRANCISCO— Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced that the District Attorney’s Office has filed felony charges against nine people for their participation in Friday evening organized crimes at Louis Vuitton in Union Square as well as other San Francisco businesses.  The arraignments are scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

“These brazen acts will not be tolerated in San Francisco,” said District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “But the problem is bigger than our city.  Last weekend, there were similar incidents in Walnut Creek, Hayward, Oakland, and San Jose.  Other Bay Area prosecutors and I have been collaborating to share information and develop strategies to combat these coordinated incidents.  We have filed felony charges in every single arrest related to these incidents, and we are working with SFPD to identify others involved so we can hold them accountable.  Our office is also committed to dismantling the fencing networks that make this type of crime profitable.”

On Friday, November 19th, the Louis Vuitton store, along with other Union Square retailers, was burglarized by an estimated 20-40 people, who smashed windows and grabbed merchandise on display. Cell phone video depicted some of the aftermath as police responded.

Five people were arrested in connection with the incident at the Louis Vuitton store. That same evening, police arrested three people for burglarizing a cannabis dispensary, as well as one person for burglarizing a Walgreens. Two of the nine people arrested are alleged to have been in possession of firearms. 

The District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against all nine of the arrested individuals for violating the following Penal Code:

  • Francill White, Tomiko Lamar Miller, Kimberly Cherry, Ivan Speed are each charged as follows for the Louis Vuitton incident:
    • 463(a) – looting during a state of emergency (felony)
    • 459 2nd – 2nd degree commercial burglary (felony)
    • 487(a) – grand theft (felony)
    • 496(a) – receiving stolen property (felony)
  • Raymond Phillips, Edward James Jr., and Michael Ray are each charged as follows for the cannabis dispensary incidents:
    • 463(a) – looting during a state of emergency (felony)
    • 459 2nd – 2nd degree commercial burglary (felony)
    • 496(a) – receiving stolen property (misdemeanor)
    • 148(a)(1) – resisting arrest
  • Jamisi Callaway (passenger in car from Union Square):
    • 29800(a)(1) – possession of a firearm with a prior felony (felony)
    • 25850(a) – carrying a loaded firearm (felony)
    • 25400(a)(2) –concealed firearm (felony)
    • 25400(a)(3) – concealed firearm in vehicle (felony)
    • 148(a)(1) – resisting arrest
  • Daron Wilson (for incident at Walgreens):
    • 463(a) – looting during a state of emergency (felony)
    • 459 2nd– 2nd degree commercial burglary (felony)
    • 25850(a) – carrying a loaded firearm (felony)
    • 25400(a)(2) –concealed firearm (felony)
    • 148(a)(1) – resisting arrest

This weekend, throughout the Bay Area, there were similar burglaries of retail establishments including in Walnut Creek, Hayward, Oakland, and San Jose.  The incident in Walnut Creek at a Nordstrom store is alleged to have involved approximately 80 people, some of whom were alleged to have been armed. A similar incident at a Louis Vuitton store outside Chicago occurred last week.

In response to these incidents across the Bay Area, District Attorneys from several Bay Area counties – including Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Joaquin, and Marin counties, as well as a representative from the Attorney General’s Office — convened a meeting earlier today to discuss a partnership to combat organized retail theft and develop effective solutions to breaking-up the fencing networks that are driving this kind of crime.

As shown on our newly launched SFDA Prosecutions of SFPD Incidents and Arrests Dashboard, in 2021, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has filed charges in 86% of commercial burglary cases presented to our office by SFPD.

In addition to its work to hold those who commit crimes accountable, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is conducting ongoing work to deter, disrupt and dismantle organized retail theft. The District Attorney’s Office’s is working with state, federal and local law enforcement agencies to identify and dismantle the fencing networks that make these crimes profitable.  There are currently over a half dozen confidential operations.