Anguish, outrage over street killing of SF man with gun stolen from cop

San Francisco Chronicle | 9/14/2017 | By Evan Sernoffsky and Vivian Ho
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But a new police account of how Esquivel died — gunned down on the street a block from his home by a teenage robber who wore a GPS anklet and was armed with a gun that had been stolen from a city police officer’s personal car — prompted shock and anger on Thursday.

“The fact that the bullet that killed Abel came from a police officer’s gun is a really hard thing to digest,” said Lariza Dugan Cuadra, executive director of the Central American Resource Center, known as CARECEN SF, which is located on Mission and Cesar Chavez streets just blocks from where the young man was slain Aug. 15. “It’s unacceptable and it pains us.”

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Dugan Cuadra spoke as the three alleged killers, all city residents who were arrested this week, were arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court. Erick Garcia Pineda and Daniel Cruz, both 18, and Jesus Perez-Araujo, 24, face a slate of charges including murder and are being held in jail without bail. Each pleaded not guilty.

According to a complaint filed by the district attorney’s office, Perez-Araujo served as the driver the night Esquivel was killed, as the three men cruised the city, looking for targets to rob. After midnight they held up three people, and encountered Esquivel about 2 a.m. at 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, authorities said. Pineda is accused of firing the fatal bullet.

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At the time, Pineda was wearing a GPS tracker that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had strapped to his ankle, and data from the monitor is evidence in the case, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. A spokesman for ICE, which uses GPS monitors in a variety of cases, said the agency could not comment.

Esquivel, a San Francisco native who grew up in the Mission District, had...
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