September 3, 1992 |
A 9-year-old boy arriving home late at night with his mother was abducted by three gun-wielding men and later killed. The kidnaping and murder did not fit usual patterns of home invasion and street robberies, and the case is considered "very high-profile," police homicide inspector Jim Bergstrom said. Michael Nguyen, 9, was taken from in front of his house in a quiet Sunset District neighborhood. His body was found by a woman walking her dog in Golden Gate Park, about a mile from the boy's home.
August 2, 1989
The FBI said it is joining the investigation of an attack in San Francisco on a lesbian minister in apparent retaliation for her work with AIDS victims. Police said a group of skinheads is believed to have abducted and beaten Lynn Griffis after threatening to kill her. The FBI said it is entering the case because of probable violations of federal civil rights statutes.
March 12, 1989
A man tried to kidnap Abiah Folger, an heiress to the Folger Coffee Co. fortune, as the 12-year-old stepped from a school bus near her San Francisco home, authorities said. San Francisco police officer Greg Ovanessian said as the girl began to cross the street she noticed a black-haired, pot-bellied man she described as "scary." Seconds later the man rushed forward and tried to grab her. The kidnaper was frightened away when the child began screaming, Ovanessian said.