SFPD: Be on the lookout for another ‘Muni humper’

Muni humper

Update, 6:55 a.m., April 5, 2017:
The police arrested the suspect last night! According to SFPD spokesperson Grace Gatpandan, an office from the Taraval Station met with one of the victims yesterday and disseminated the photo of the suspect to Muni Division officers.

More from the SFPD:

Richmond Station officers were able to identify the suspect. Park Station officers located the suspect at Carl and Stanyan Streets and took him into custody without incident. The suspect, a 45 year old white male, is being charged with multiple misdemeanors including sexual battery, sexual battery on public transportation,‎ continuing offense of public nuisance and one felony count of false imprisonment.

The police has not released the name and photo of the suspect, and asks that anyone with more information about the case call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

Update, 5:49 p.m., April 4, 2017:

Muni Diaries reader Courtney actually had an exchange with this suspect. She requests that we withhold her last name. From the Muni Diaries Facebook page, Courtney commented:

He was on the N going outbound and got on at Church and Duboce. He tried to hump two women from behind and I intercepted both times (stared at him, “accidentally” hit his hand with my umbrella etc.) and followed him through the train. He then tried to hump a woman’s shoulder who was sitting in a seat and I finally told him that he needed to give her some room. He asked why I was following him through the train and I told him it’s because “you’ve tried to dry hump about three women so far and I’m not having it.” I yelled it loud enough so the whole car could hear me and he sat down huffing and puffing for the rest of the ride while I stood beside him, glaring.

Ew! Thanks, Courtney, for the update.

Original post, 11:24 a.m. April 4, 2017:

The San Francisco Police Department is looking for a man they say is assaulting women on Muni by rubbing himself against unsuspecting passengers, ABC7‘s Lilian Kim reports:

“I felt someone banging against me,” said Michelle, who only wants to share her first name. She couldn’t believe what happened to her on the outbound N-Judah last Thursday. She says a man was rubbing against her, something she says she witnessed him doing to another woman weeks earlier, also on Muni. “I was very angry because the fact that this was the second time, me seeing the guy made me think, ‘He must do this regularly,'” she said.

Riders took photos of the suspect, posted on NextDoor.com, and police say the public should be on the lookout.

In 2009, Muni Diaries readers helped SFPD nab another man who was “humping” the shoulders of female riders. The story was originally submitted as a horrified account of an N-Judah rider; after publication, more readers came forward with similar experiences, and the police caught the suspect with your help.

If you have information for the police about the new Muni perp, here’s the SFPD tip line.

New N-Judah shuttles aim to help inbound commute

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New shuttle loops may give N-Judah commuters some relief in their typically crowded commute. Two additional one-car shuttle loops started running this week between Cole Valley and Embarcadero Station, reports SFGate. The shuttles run during morning commute hours for inbound commuters.

Just how bad was the problem? SFMTA transit director John Haley told SFGate that a recent study found that 100 to 150 passengers every morning are left waiting for a later train at the Carl and Cole streets stop. He estimates that the shuttles can carry as many as 500 additional passengers.

The N-Judah is Muni Metro’s busiest line, carrying as many as 50,000 passengers each day, according to the SFGate report. If you are a N-Judah commuter, let us know if your morning rides have been a bit better this week, please.

Photo by Chris Haynes

This is not the type of car Muni imagined for its tunnels

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Well, well. Lookee there, wouldya? Muni rider Reece floated this one over to us via muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com. Here’s Reece:

I was waiting for the N with my pup when a woman suddenly zooms into the Muni tunnel. ~10 minutes later, we see her trying to back out (she was stuck), with an inbound N hot on her heels. It took a good 5 minutes (and lots of yelling from the Muni workers) before she freed herself.

The rivalry between Muni and automobiles continues …

An illustration of things the N-Judah does that I like

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Muni rider Yian lives right by the N-Judah and created this pretty illustration about some of the things that the N-Judah does for her, aside from getting her around town. She says:

Here’s an ode to my (very loud and much beloved) San Francisco neighbor, the N Judah. The community building exercises are in reference to the many occasions when riders have had to get off and move cars out of its way. And my races with the N have often resulted in my victory.

Click here to see the illustration in detail.

We have a couple of rider-documented instances of the community-building, car-lifting exercise Yian refers to. Here’s real-life evidence of superhero Muni riders moving a car out of the N-Judah’s way. Seems it happens all too frequently

Thanks to Yian for sending this to us.

Got your own artistic interpretation of life on public transit? Our inbox is open! muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com

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